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Splendor of the Fields: Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

One dedicated Oregon family and thousands of tulips provide joy to people around the world
  • Wooden Shoe Clara Maguire

    Take a trip to a tulip farm!

    The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon, hosts a month-long festival each spring to showcase 40 acres of tulips. The farm is located in the fertile Willamette Valley, renowned for its rich, volcanic, glacier soil. Tulips bloom in the Valley a few weeks earlier than in the Netherlands. Wooden Shoe co-owner Barb Iverson says the Tulip Fest attracts more than 100,000 visitors
    from around the world each year.

    At left: Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest attendee Clara Maguire poses in front of a field of Jumbo Pink blossoms.

     

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe Barb Iverson, Paul Iverson

    A family tradition

    Barb manages Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and also the financials and marketing for her family's other businesses. Iverson Family Farms has a strong foothold in the Valley. It's a multi-generational operation, featuring parents Dorothy and Ross Iverson, daughter Barb, their five other adult children, their partners, and other members of the family. In addition to tulips, the family cultivates wheat, grass seed, green beans, sweet corn, and pea seed.

    At left:
    Barb Iverson and her brother, Paul Iverson, help run Iverson Family Farms.

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe full mix field

    Two million tulips!

    The tulip farm has dozens of production fields. It cuts and ships approximately 2 million stems each spring. The farm offers a catalog featuring 106 varieties of tulips; some grown on the farm, others imported. Each bulb is planted in display fields so visitors can observe the color and texture of the flower, view actual height and bloom size, and find varieties with subtle fragrances.

    At left: This field at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm contains a bulb mix from odd lots and greenhouses. A bulb package of this mix is the farm's most popular seller.

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe tulips

    A Turkish treat

    Although most associated with the Netherlands, the tulip actually originated in Turkey and is that country’s national flower. The word tulip is thought to be derived from the Turkish word for turban. Dutch botanist Carolus Clusius introduced the flower to Holland, initially thinking it had medicinal purposes. Today, there are more than 3,000 registered varieties of  tulips.

    At left:
    Varieties in bloom here include Negrita, Judith Leyster, Bastogne, Strong Gold, and Yokohama.
     

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe row field

    Digging and planting

    Every June, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm digs up all its bulbs. They’re planted in long tubes of netting, which makes uprooting bulbs much easier. Through the summer, the bulbs are sorted and then stored in sheds with fans circulating fresh air around them. In the fall, the bulbs are redistributed into new netting tubes and replanted. Often, varieties grow for years in the farm green-houses before they're moved to the fields.

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe windmill

    Encouraging visitors

    Barb says it's gratifying to help create so many memories for people when they visit the farm. "People have stories about bringing their kids or grandparents here. Or maybe they lost their wife to breast cancer, and a tulip field picture with her was the last family photo. There are many stories about how much people enjoy visiting and what it meant to be here."

     

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe visitors

    A family event

    Barb says families use the farm as a special destination. "If they come out and take pictures, and the kids run, and Grandma sits among the flowers, there's something about sharing a moment that's really unique. We get a lot of satisfaction in being able to provide that." Each year, the Tulip Fest includes a children's acre with games, rides, and steam engine machines. A gift shop offers cut flowers, bulbs, books, cards, clothing, and wooden shoes.

    Above:
    The faces of the visiting Rueles sisters–Alyssa, Tanya, and Kristina–shine in cardboard blossoms.
     

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe balloon

    Beautiful place to work

    And Barb gets a little something extra from all this, too. "I have a passion for taking pictures. I'm constantly inspired by the beauty here, and I just have to run out and take a photo, because the sunset is gorgeous or there's a pretty rainbow (or balloon) over the fields."

    At left: Guests in hot air balloons float over the farm on most clear weekends.

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wooden Shoe display

    The 2013 Tulip Fest

    The 2013 Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest runs March 29 through May 5. Visit Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm for admission prices, festival hours, and travel information.

    Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
    33814 S. Meridian Road
    Woodburn, OR 97071
    Phone: 503/634-2243
    Web: www.woodenshoe.com

    Date Published: February 27, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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