Tulip-picking festival in full bloom
For many Montrealers, the fall season is synonymous with apple picking or taking home a bright orange gourd from the pumpkin patch. Throughout the summer, there are fields nearby full of blueberries and strawberries ripe for the picking. And now for the second year in a row, families can celebrate spring by picking and arranging their own bouquets of beautiful fresh tulips.
Set to tentatively open mid-May (weather dependent), the U-Pick Tulip Field in Laval allows for an interactive agrotourism experience. Visitors can choose from a sea of over 500,000 red, yellow, pink, purple, and two-toned tulips. Owner Patra Andrianopoulos says the process is simple: just hold the lowest part of stem, pull it up gently and place the flower in a bucket with water.
Florist by trade and owner of Venus Flowers and Plants on Mont-Royal Avenue, Andrianopoulos says tulips are relatively low maintenance flowers and don’t need much watering after they are picked. To ensure they last longer, she suggests cutting the bottoms every second day and changing the water to allow them to re-drink and grow.
Admission to the site is $10 for adults and $6 for children under five on weekends, with special weekday prices. Each tulip you pluck is $1, but packages are also available per dozen flowers.
There will also be on-site entertainment and activities on the weekend as well as food stands with local agriculture companies selling homemade products like sausages, hamburgers, pies and other desserts.
The field is located at 1270 Principale St., Laval and is open daily. Tulip season is short, lasting roughly three weeks and is weather dependent, so Andrianopoulos says to check the website for any date changes and official announcements.
For more information and to find out exact opening day, click here.