On a bright April day I took a well-worth-it drive South to Thanksgiving Point’s 55-acre gardens. The Tulip Festival awaited me on its opening day! I couldn’t have been a happier girl; camera in hand and Spring in the air.
The Tulip Festival is so unique because it displays more than 250,000 tulips! But it’s not just a walk through a garden. I also enjoyed the sights of their waterfall, explored the vendor booths, enjoyed a frappe from the Bright Eyes Coffee food truck, and saw families have a good time at a bounce house, doing crafts, playing life-size chess, and more!
I was honestly surprised at the inexpensive cost of this event. It offers so much, but is only $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $12 for children (ages 3 to 11), and free for Thanksgiving Point Members or those under 2 years old. They even offer a 25% discount for military with valid ID. And don’t get anxious, you have time to visit. It just opened yesterday, April 10th, and runs through May 9th.
While it is an amazing day activity with the family, it would also be a great date night (I’d go again, just putting that out there); open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Saturday. On Friday nights they even offer special entertainment at the Waterfall Amphitheater, like a swing dance on May 1st and the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra on May 8th.
See Thanksgiving Point’s full calendar of events: http://www.thanksgivingpoint.org/events/tulipfestival/scheduleofevents
Yesterday I actually went to the festival by myself, which is another great option, because you won’t have anyone bugging you about taking too long on taking a million pictures (always my issue). Plus, I’ve been in need of some time to clear my head. What a better way to do that than to soak up the sunshine (a little too much, I got sunburned), and literally stop and smell the flowers. However, I plan to take my grandma for Mother’s day, because they’re having A Celebration of Mothers May 8th and 9th.
My grandma and I went together in 2011 and as you can see below, had a grand time. That’s the amazing thing about the Tulip Festival, they layout and design the garden differently each year so that it’s a whole new experience.
As a florist, I’ve seen many different types of tulips and flowers in general – but I was nonetheless impressed that the grounds had nearly 100 varieties of tulips, in every possible color! And I loved that they mixed in multiple other flowers also, like poppies, hyacinth, ranunculus and more.
Plus the greenhouse is a beautiful escape. It’s incredible how much they grow there. They not only grow for the grounds and to sell plants, but they had a Utah State University educational area even.
While you are there taking a million photos, keep in mind you can enter into their photography contest. I entered and won’t mind if you want to vote for my submission! (Shameless plug) There are two categories – tulips and other plant life – for each age group. People’s choice judging will take place in May. Photos will be posted on the Thanksgiving Point Facebook page and can be voted (“liked”) by the entrant and entrant’s friends through May 24 at 12 p.m. The Grand Prize you ask? A camera outfit courtesy of Allen’s Camera, including a macro (flower specific) lens and totaling $1,000 in retail value.
All in all, this is an event you do not miss. Whether you take the whole family, go for a date night or take your Mom for their Mother’s day celebration, I can validate that you’ll have a beautiful time.
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- Where? Thanksgiving Point Gardens: 3900 N. Garden Drive, Lehi, Utah 84043
- Driving Directions: Take I-15 to exit #284 (Timpanogos Hwy or SR92) in Lehi and proceed west on Clubhouse Drive. Cross the bridge and take an immediate right onto Garden Drive and proceed to the Gardens area.
- When? April 10 to May 9, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Closed Sundays)
- How much? $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children, age 2 & under FREE, 25% off with military ID
- Why? Because you are a rad Indie Ogden reader and deserve to let yourself stop and smell the tulips.
- Need more? Visit http://uvtogether.com/tulip_festival or http://www.thanksgivingpoint.org/events/tulip_festival
Haley Ann Rodgers is a recent graduate from Weber State University, where she majored in Communication with an emphasis in public relations (PR) & advertising. Haley works forLegacy Retirement Communities, including Legacy House of Ogden, as the Community Relations Director. She loves volunteering for local organizations like Nurture the Creative Mind & Habitat for Humanity. Haley’s favorite hobbies are floral design & photography, which she does for weddings with her Weddings By Haley business. Her most recent project has been starting a PR firm in Ogden, Elevated Communication. If you want to contact Haley, please email her at email@example.com.