Featuring 30 different varieties of tulip!
Spring Grove’s Richardson Farm is at it again. Home to the world’s largest corn maze in the fall months, in spring the farm now offers a kaleidoscopic spectacle with its annual Richardson Farm Tulip Festival.
This year will be the farm’s second annual tulip festival and it will feature 30 different types of tulips. Hundreds of thousands of tulips are currently pushing their way skyward in time to show off their breathtaking ethereal elegance from Saturday, April 30th through Mother’s Day weekend.
“With hues ranging from fiery coral to snowy white, pale yellow, and plum-drenched purple — some with fringed petals, others smooth, all visually striking — this year’s array is sure to bedazzle,” said George and Wendy Richardson, who operate Richardson Farm along with Robert and Carol Richardson and Ryan and Kristen Richardson.
According to the Richardson family, they are expecting to have half a million tulips blooming later this month having planted 300,000 bulbs in the fall of 2020 and 300,000 more in November 2021.
The farm’s inaugural tulip festival in the spring of 2021 drew over 40,000 guests from various parts of Illinois. This year, they are expecting an eye-opening splash of color that will vastly outnumber and outshine that of last year though Mr. Richardson did caution that “the true number will be Mother Nature’s call.”
This year’s array, again designed by Shawn Stolworthy of MazePlay.com, features a series of gentle arches and narrow waves. Thirty different varieties of tulip bulbs have been planted — everything from Apeldoorn’s Elite and Border Buddies Blend to Banja Luka, Jaap Groot and Snowboard.
Located at 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove, the tulips will be on show in a northwesterly field of the 500-acre farm, adjacent to a picnic area around Richardson Lake. The festival will be open from 11 am to 6:30 pm every day of the week except Mondays.
There will also be yard games and live music on weekends. Entry to the Richardson Farm Tulip Festival is $12 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, though those aged 3 and younger are admitted free. The entry fee also includes one cut-your-own tulip per person.
More information can be found at richardsonfarm.com.
[Featured image courtesy of Richardson Farm]