Bring color into your life with these must-see spots in and around Vancouver WA with the best floral views. From relaxing lilac gardens to fields of bright tulips, the spring season is evident on this lively Flower Power Tour with some of the best places to see flowers.
Holland America Flower Gardens
For a lesser-known and less-trafficked tulip outing, visit the Holland America Flower Gardens in Woodland (just north of Vancouver on I-5). Perfect for families, the budding Instagram influencer, or the envious gardener, stroll by the show field and then take a few home from the U-Pick section for only 50 cents per stem.
1066 S. Pekin Road
Open April through mid-May (May 16, 2022: Tulip fields are closed for the season)
No admission fee |Tulips for purchase | Gift shop closed
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Another Woodland wonder, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens bloom bushes of purple and white in the spring, surrounding an 1889 Victorian Farmhouse and other historic buildings. A special Lilac Days event showcasing the flowers at full bloom takes place during the 23 days leading up to and including Mother’s Day (this year, April 17 to May 9).
115 S. Pekin Road
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round
$5 gate fee ($4 during Lilac Days), 12 & under are free | Plants for purchase | Farmhouse & Gift Shop closed
While the pink petals undoubtedly catch your eye while driving through town, these trees have a special meaning to Vancouver that not many know. In 1990, 100 Shirofrugen cherry trees were planted on Clark College’s main campus—a gift from Japan and one of many exchanges between the two cultures. A symbol of friendship, the bond grew alongside the blossoms, and five years later Joyo, Japan was established as Vancouver’s sister city. The college hosts an annual Sakura Festival, and the relationship is depicted in murals, namely the one on the backside of Kiggins Theatre.
Top viewing spots: Clark College (1933 Fort Vancouver Way) & Officers Row
Peak season: April
The Garden at Fort Vancouver
As you walk the main path toward Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, your first sight is the vibrant garden that borders the reconstructed Fort wall. Cultivated with heirloom seeds, the garden is 90 percent accurate to the mid-19th century time of settlement. The plot is now smaller than the eight-plus acres utilized by the Hudson's Bay Company, but still represents the same fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The friendly on-site volunteers who maintain the garden are happy to answer any questions about the plants.
1001 E 5th St, Vancouver, WA 98661; accessible daily from dawn until dusk
Peak season: The garden is most active in spring, summer, and early fall.
Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge
The hills come alive atop the Columbia River Gorge’s heightened hikes during spring. Yellow balsam root is among the most stunning wildflowers to blanket the trails, appearing like bunches of mini sunflowers that stay low to the ground and bring joy to passersby—with mountain top and river views around every bend. If you can, venture out on weekdays to avoid crowds, and stroll prepared with water and snacks.
Top viewing hikes: Dog Mountain (permit required on weekends late-April through mid-June), Coyote Wall, Mosier Plateau, and Dalles Mountain Ranch
Peak season: April through June