What an early Spring! Tulips are in full bloom here in the Skagit Valley. Perfect time to visit the valley and check out Katherine’s willow baskets in a couple of arts and crafts shows.
Rexville Grange Art Show:
April 1-10, 2016. 10-6 daily. 19229 Rexville Grange Rd., Mount Vernon, WA. Annual arts and crafts show during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival featuring baskets, paintings, pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, felted hats, weaving and wood from Northwest artists. Katherine has a great selection of willow baskets on display and it’s right near the tulip fields!
Skagit Artisans: April 16 from 10-5 and April 17 from 10-4. Johnson Historic Barn at 17322 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. First year for this event organized by Nina Foster whose family renovated this historic barn. Located near the flower fields it should be a fun event to take in the beauty of the valley and some of the fine arts and crafts as well.
Schack Art Center 20th Juried Art Show:
Through April 23, 2016. 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA. Biennial collection of Northwest artists in a variety of mediums for an eclectic exhibit. The Schack is one of northwest Washington’s preeminent non-profit arts organizations. Katherine has two pieces in the exhibit – “Irish Potato Basket” and “Layers”.
You are welcome to stop by the farm to check out Katherine’s baskets when the April shows are over. You can find out more about what we’re up to by visiting our website at dunbargardens.com. We are also on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks for your interest!
Katherine Lewis willow baskets, Anacortes Best of the Fest April 4-12, 2014
The Anacortes Arts Festival introduces the new “Best of the Fest” art exhibition April 4-12, 2014. The new show is an official event of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and features artwork from 25 of the artists that participate in the annual Anacortes Arts Festival (August 1-3, 2014). Katherine has participated in the ‘Experience Art’ area as well as the ‘Arts at the Port’ exhibitions at the festival several years. Thanks to Fine Art Coordinator Rita James for inviting Katherine to submit works to be juried for the exhibition. She will have four baskets on display. It is an outstanding group of artists and Katherine is looking forward to having her baskets along side work by friends and fellow artists like Ann Chadwick Reid, Kathleen Faulkner and Lanny Bergner.
Katherine Lewis basket woven from willow and rubber
The show will open on Friday April 4 from 5-9 pm as part of the Anacortes First Friday Art Walk. The exhibition will be open daily 11am – 4pm from April 5 through April 12 at The Depot Arts Center at 611 R Avenue in Anacortes, Washington.
April brings us the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I photographed these beautiful Golden Apeldoorn tulips just around the corner from Dunbar Gardens. This field is located next to McLean Road and has been designated Field 26 on the Roozengaarde “bloom map“. Washington Bulb Company is the largest bulb grower in the US and these tulips are part of their farm production. They have this bloom map on their website that you can check to see the locations of the fields, whether they are in bloom, and which bulb varieties are growing there. This lovely field has Golden Apeldoorn and Elite tulips just beginning to bloom, so it should be a traffic stopper the next couple of weeks.
This year above average temperatures have the tulips blooming on the early side. The tulip festival is designated as the month of April, but visitors have already started coming and the early part of the month will be the best part of the”show”. Yesterday we were treated to these impressive clouds over the valley as well. (Click on photo for larger view.)
The tulip fields have packed soil roads that are used by the farm equipment and workers. As long as you stay on these wide paths you can go into the fields and take a few photos. I like to ride the bike down the road and into the field with my camera. There is a local business Tulip Country Bike Tours that offers bike tours of the flower fields, display gardens, and refreshments and is customized to the weather and field bloom as well as the preference of the group. They usually ride past Dunbar Gardens on their way back to the home base. It’s enjoyable to meet the variety of people from many places who stop in on one of the bike tours. The smiles on their faces are recommendation enough for taking a bike tour instead of hassling with a car on our country roads.
Hopefully when you visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival you might run across one of our signs pointing the way to another roadside attraction! We don’t offer any frills or thrills, but we have this nice selection of willow baskets to check out.
Our small farm is admittedly pretty rustic, and I think many visitors that wander down our driveway are surprised at the quality of the willow baskets that they find in our barn. There are few willow basketmakers around let alone one as accomplished as Katherine Lewis. It is enjoyable to explain how we grow the basketry willows, and show folks the freshly harvested bundles.
Of course, our baskets are available any time of year. We don’t mind if the tulips are the headline act for Spring visitors to our beautiful valley. We figure they will be back to get a taste of the wonderful fruits and vegetables also grown in the valley, take in the Festival of Family Farms in October, or maybe a visit to nearby La Conner to take in the Museum of Northwest Art and eat at our favorite Skagit restaurant Nell Thorn. Stop by, we’re around!
Skagit Valley tulips
Tulips are what attract visitors to the Skagit Valley every April, and sometimes into May like this year. The tulip fields have generally reached full bloom. This week is the last one to appreciate the stunning view of large blocks of various colors. Don’t forget to stop by Dunbar Gardens!
rows of pink tulips
tulip fields with Mount Baker in the distance
workers culling the fields for disease and rogues