Montevallo home to one and only tulip festival in Southeast

The 2nd annual Festival of Tulips has kicked off at the American Village in Montevallo.

By Rebecca Cole
News Reporter

Kick off the spring season by visiting the Festival of Tulips in Montevallo. Over 100,000 tulips  were planted at the American Village for the 2nd annual festival.
 
The Festival of Tulips is the only you-pick tulip field in the Southeast. Tulips are $1.50 each, including the bulb which can be replanted at home. The festival is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., weather permitting.
 
Melanie Poole, the communications officer for American Village, said the fields are rare for this region.
 
“The thing about tulips is they’re not a Southern flower,” Poole said. “You just don’t see these huge fields of tulips in the Southern states.”
 
The festival began Feb. 27 and will continue until March 30. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for youth and seniors on weekdays and $5 for everyone on weekends. Children under age 4, veterans and active military are free. Admission includes access to the Colonial Village.
 
Pete Walker, the CFO of American Village, said the event has been successful.
 
“It’s a really big event and it’s family-oriented,” Walker said. “Tom Walker, the CEO, got the idea from a magazine from up North. So, he went up there and learned how to do it and here we are.”
 
Over 50 different varieties of bulbs were planted in December. Anne Hamilton, a volunteer at American Village, said there’s a lot of helping hands that go into this event.
 
“The festival is a team effort,” Hamilton said. “They’re planted in different levels because some varieties bloom late. It’s gorgeous.”
 
Go to americanvillage.org/tulipwatch to check field conditions before planning your visit.