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Abbotsford's Bloom Tulip Festival puts its best flowers forward beginning April 15

  

A young girl learns about Chilliwack tulips in 2015.

 

 

TANNIS SULLIVAN, SULLIVAN COMM.—VOICE PHOTO

PUBLISHED THURSDAY—APRIL—49

 

ith arrival of spring and the warmer weather finally here, the organizers of Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival are pleased to announce that the 2019 season is expected to blossom by April 15th.

 

Over the next few weeks, millions of tulip bulbs will begin to transform into acres of rainbow-coloured fields as part of the popular springtime tradition. The annual festival is once again expected to attract thousands of locals and international tulip lovers for a joyous celebration of natural splendour in a picture-perfect country setting.

Now in its fourth year, the Bloom, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival has gained international attention for its elaborate array of endless tulip varieties and stunning scenery. Attracting an average of 90 thousand visitors during the 5-week festival, Bloom has become a must-see springtime attraction.

 

With over 2.5 million tulips in bloom at various stages throughout the festival, visitors are able to walk through 10 acres of fields and marvel at one of the most vivid displays of floral beauty that British Columbia has to offer.
 

New this year is the VIP Flower Crown package which allows visitors to upgrade their festival experience to a whole new level. The package includes one High Bloom ticket for May 4th/5th weekend, ‘Skip the Line’ privilege, exclusive on-site opportunity to make your own flower crown, U-pick bucket, exclusive bloom tote bag available only to VIPs, plus rain insurance with complimentary booties and a poncho.

Located just off Highway 1 at No. 3 Road/Exit 104, and about an hour drive from Vancouver, Bloom was founded by Alexis Warmerdam, a passionate third-generation Canadian tulip farmer and fourth generation bulb grower with Lakeland Flowers, and a strong advocate for young B.C. farmers.

 

2019 Bloom Highlights

• VIP Flower Crown Package
• U-Pick Tulip Fields
• Tulip Crown Photo Opportunities
• Tulip Bouquet Sales
• Food Trucks
• Photo Booths
• Covered Picnic Areas
• Children’s Games
• School Field Trips (K-Grade 3)
• Discounted locals nights for Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley and Mission residents.


What: Bloom, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival
When: Opens April 15 and runs daily 9:00 am to 7:30 pm for as long as the blooms last.

Where: 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, B.C.

High Bloom Ticket Pricing
Adults 13-64: $10 at the gate or $7.50 online (week days), $25 at the gate or $15 online (weekends)

Children 3–12: $10 at the gate or $5 online (week days), $25 at the gate or $10 online (weekends)

Seniors (65+): $5 at the gate or $3.75 online (week days), $25 at the gate (weekends)

Children 3 years and under are free. Parking is included with all tickets.

Magic Hour (5-6 am*): $15 at the gate or $13 online (week days), $30 at the gate or $25 online (weekends) Provides sunrise access. *Check website for changing Magic Hour times.

Abbotsford Locals Night (Tuesdays & Thursdays after 3 pm): $4 at gate or $2.50 online with valid ID.

The VIP Package: $75 (valued at $115) includes the following:


• One High Bloom ticket for May 4th/5th weekend
• ‘Skip the Line’ privilege
• Exclusive on-site opportunity to make your own flower crown
• U-Pick Bucket
• Exclusive Bloom tote bag available only to VIPs
• Rain insurance – receive complimentary booties and poncho in your tote bag if it rains on the day you attend
 

Special rates also available for groups and the disabled and after 5 pm on weekends. See online for low bloom weekend pricing.
 

Purchase tickets online starting April 9 at abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca

*Online tickets available online every Tuesday for the following Saturday to Friday and are subject to service fees and taxes.

About Bloom, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is part the Fraser Valley’s Tulip Trail and was founded by Alexis Warmerdam, a passionate third-generation Canadian tulip farmer and fourth generation bulb grower with Lakeland Flowers. The festival offers visitors a chance to witness a breathtaking techno-coloured display of over 2.5 million tulips in a beautiful country setting. Bloom has attracted visitors from all over the world and is quickly becoming an annual must-see event. Alexis’ vision is to inspire appreciation for the splendor of the tulip season and give visitors a chance to get up close with over 40 varieties of tulips and enjoy some springtime fun in the country with their friends, family and colleagues. abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca

 

 


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