Festival of Tulips opening day moved to Feb. 22

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – The opening day of the American Village’s fourth-annual Festival of Tulips will open later than expected because of weather.

“Due to the excessive rain the past two weeks, and the muddy field conditions, we have moved the Opening Day of the Festival of Tulips to Saturday, Feb. 22,” read an announcement posted to the Tulip Watch page on the American Village website.

The field will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

Opening day admission is $5 per person.

Tulips are $1.50 each, bulb included. The flowers last longer if they are left on the bulb during transport.

The field features more than 100,000 tulips in the region’s only you-pick tulip field, where families, groups and other visitors can walk around, pick the tulips they want to purchase and package the flowers to take home.

Varieties planted this year include Ivory Floradale, Princess Irene, Niagara, Bunny Hop, Boutoniere and Maybelline.

The Festival of Tulips will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, 12-4 p.m., weather permitting, as long as the flowers remain.

Weekday admission to the tulip field will be $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and children, and free to veterans, active military members and children 4 years old and younger.

Weekend admission will be $5.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera for photo opportunities in the tulip field.

Visitors also will have access to the American Village’s other experiences, such as colonial games, meetings with patriots of the past, the Continental Army encampment, the Colonial Chapel, the Randall Museum and the National Veterans Shrine, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on Feb. 18.

Visit AmericanVillage.org/TulipWatch for the latest news and photos from the tulip field, or follow the American Village on Facebook for updates.