Winter rains lead to a flower-filled spring transformation on the Olympic Peninsula. As the lush green landscape is dotted with delicate buds, our towns and parks are cause for celebration.
In early spring the streets of Port Angeles are lined with yellow daffodils, pink cherry blossoms, and a rainbow of tulips. Washington’s State Flower is center stage at Port Townsend’s Rhododendron Festival in mid-May. This week long fete includes lots of fun events and the crowning of Rhody Royalty. Peony Farm in Sequim, invites the public to see more than 200 varieties of its namesake flower during Peonies on Parade. Visitors to Brinnon, can enjoy a stroll and picnic among the flowering trees, shrubs, and blooms at Whitney Gardens and Nursery.
The Dungeness Valley owes its fertile land and abundant flora to the arrival of irrigation more than 100 years ago. Sequim’s Irrigation Festival, is a lively celebration of this important moment in history. Festival highlights include a carnival, parade, street fair, picnic, car show, and much more.
During the summer months, Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest welcome an array of wildflowers in mountain meadows and along the forest floors. Flowers even pop up along the coast. Hikers can make a scavenger hunt of identifying our native blooms including the pink fawn lily, Flett’s violet, and Jeffrey’s shooting star.
Whether joining a local festival or taking in the flower-filled landscapes solo, the blooms of the Olympic Peninsula are not to be missed.