Know Before You Go
Insider tip: If you have time, make it a day trip and head to nearby Silver Falls State Park, the Oregon Garden or the Aurora National Historical District, which features antique shops and an architectural salvage shop.
Portland’s cherry blossoms are impressive, but an even more colorful burst of flowers appears every spring just 32 miles (51 km) south of the city in Woodburn. There, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival blossoms each spring, and thousands come to see acres upon acres of tulips in full bloom. The family-friendly festival returns March 20–May 3, 2020.
The owners of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm have expanded beyond the flowers, gift shop and café to feature family fun in the form of a kids’ area, complete with a cow train for rides through the fields, rubber duck races and pony rides. Gardeners enjoy ordering bulbs for fall planting, and even the most amateur of photographers can capture amazing photos – you just can’t go wrong when you get 40 acres of tulips, a windmill and Mount Hood in the frame. Head to the farm’s website for a full list of festival activities and offerings.
Daily field reports (complete with photos) highlight conditions (muddy or dry) and bloom updates (early to in full bloom).
Upcoming Dates & Times
- Mar. 20
Find your favorite blooms, from roses to rhododendrons and tulips to trilliums, with our guide to spring flowers in Portland.
Feast your eyes on the many wildflower patches around the region for natural beauties you won't find anyplace else.
Round out your floral explorations of the Rose City with a visit to Southeast Portland’s lush Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.