About The Tulip Farm

How We Got Started

How did we go from tulip-growing to tulip-celebrating?

Well, we couldn’t do it by ourselves. What started out as a family passion, soon bloomed into a wonderful partnership with Onos Greenhouses Ltd., who own and grow the tulips, hyacinths and daffodils on our 20+-acre field. As you can imagine, this yields a bounty of bulbs, and at the end of the blooming season, after our guests have enjoyed their vibrant display, Onos Greenhouses collects the bulbs and then uses them in their greenhouse operation, to produce cut tulips that are sold throughout western Canada and the Northern States.

It’s with their help that we’re able to bring you Harrison Tulip Festival by Tulips of the Valley and Onos Farms, BC’s Premier Flower Farm Experience!

Since then, we’ve been the Tulip Ambassador, bringing the lively, bright colours of the tulip to the Fraser Valley. People have been pouring in from as far away as South Asia and Europe, as well as closer to home from the US, Alberta and the Okanagan, just to get a glimpse of our terrain of tulips.

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Our History

When we first started cultivating these beauties, it was a pleasure enjoyed only by our family. After appreciating the tulip fields for years, we had to share the beauty with anyone who wished to see it. So, in 2006, we opened our fields to the public and we’ve done it ever since – for 17 years!

We originally opened our fields on Seabird Island, just east of Agassiz. It was on Indigenous Reserve land, and we spent the first 10 years working closely with the local band to honour their Indigenous culture. We sold Bannock at the fields, had Indigenous dancers, drummers, and even Indigenous artisans at the fields.

In 2017  we found land to lease in Greendale, BC where we operated the annual Chilliwack Tulip FestivalTM  until April 2023.

2024 will take place on our beautiful new farm in Agassiz.  2024 will be the eighteenth annual Tulip Festival, now known as Harrison Tulip Festival.  The experience has grown from a couple of hundred visitors per season, to nearly 70,000.   We are excited to return to the community where the magic began in 2006.

Today’s Tulip Farm

So, what is this flower farm all about?

The Harrison Tulip Festival takes place over a 3-4-week period, mainly in April, and sometimes into May, depending on the weather. Actual length depends on temperatures, high temperatures push the tulips through faster. The festival features multiple varieties of hyacinths, 16 different varieties of double daffodils, and, of course, our main act: among nine million tulips are over 30 different varieties.  On our new farm, we are excited to add in a 2 1/2 acre show garden surrounded in mature fruit trees and flowering shrubs.  This garden is located near our entrance and is a perfect place to take a stroll along our grass pathways amongst the 50+ varieties of tulips, 12 varieties of hyacinths, mini grapes, and fritallaria.

Why Taking Care of Flowers is a Family Affair

And while you’re taking in the tulips, hyacinths and daffodils, you might just run into one of us. We’re a fully operating family business and a functional farm; Onos Farms. Our family – including our three kids – have grown up alongside the tulip fields. All of our children are heavily involved in creating the experience that you know and love today.

So, you might just see us, our three kids, or group of close friends at the fields, tending the tulips, at the ticket booth, or answering questions about the life of a bulb. We all work hard to make our farm the best! And without our band of volunteers and helpers (which we like to call Team Tulip), our experience could never have grown to the size it is.

In addition to running our outdoor tulip experience our family also owns and operates Onos Greenhouses Ltd who grows over 14 million fresh cut tulips in our high tech greenhouse operation each spring from Jan through Mothers day.  Many of the bulbs we use in our greenhouse operation originate from our fields.

Are You Tempted By Our Tulips?

Check if any of the following questions apply to you:
  • Sick of being stuck inside over the cold and depressing winter?
  • Feel like you have limited outdoor options in early Spring?
  • Have a family that needs to get out of the house, after being cooped up for too long?
  • Are you a young couple looking for something Instagram-worthy? Or need a romantic afternoon in between rows of colour, taking fabulous selfies among 7 million tulips?
  • Are you a great son/daughter looking to entertain your elderly parents on a short day-trip, that is also wheelchair accessible?
  • Are you leading a tour group that is interested in bringing the real farm experience to your guests?
  • Or a bit of outdoor exploration that is also close to home?
  • Are you an international tourist looking for a special place to visit in Canada? Or someone who has always wanted to see the fields of Holland, but can’t afford a pricey plane ticket?
  • Are you a photographer who wants to capture the perfect tulip shot? Or get the right kind of light as it hits our 35 acres of magnificent, rainbow-coloured tulips?
  • Want to get away from the everyday world, to witness the natural, short-lived beauty of the tulip?
  • Want an inexpensive place to visit, as you soak in the lush countryside of the Fraser Valley?
  • Want to celebrate an end to Winter and the start of Spring?
If you said yes to any of the above, then you’re a great fit for our festival!

Why Our Tulip Fest is Truly Unique

Where can you enjoy the spectacle of a Dutch countryside, without having to buy a plane ticket or wear wooden clogs (though wooden clogs are welcome on our fields)? Here, at the Harrison Tulip Festival by Onos Farms!

What makes us different? What’s our flower power? What, over 9 million tulips aren’t enough?

Besides boasting the first tulip experience in British Columbia, our fields are also on a working farm. It’s not just an experience that’s thrown together. We grow all sorts of things, all year round, and visiting us is like a behind-the-scenes peek at the real farming experience. We excel in the art of horticulture. We live, breathe and work the earth. Our knowledge of the land, and sustainable gardening practices, helps us bring not only tulips, but other flowers to the fields.

We now have an additional three acres and 16 varieties of specialty double daffodils, that look like peonies, as well as five varieties of hyacinths! And if you haven’t smelled the fragrance of a hyacinth, you haven’t lived. It’s heavenly!

Other Things to Explore at the Harrison Tulip Fest:

  • Yummy Traditional Dutch Foods – to keep your tummy from rumbling, we offer tasty treats available in The Farm Shop, such as our Specialty Dutch Stroop Waffles! We also have one food truck on-site, ready to serve you daily.
  • The Farm Shop – which sells fresh cut and potted tulips, postcards, photo cards and more!
  • Open 7 Days a Week – because we’ve added our daffodils and hyacinths, our field’s viewing time will be longer, 4-5 weeks!
  • Accessible to All – just remember we are on a farm and we are completely weather dependent. We have our handicap parking located right next to our ticket booth on our grass parking lot.  As our festival is on a farm, we recommend visiting on a dry day as our paths will be slippery/muddy when wet.
  • Plenty of Free Parking – we have around 10 acres of field parking.

Most importantly, the Harrison Tulip Festival celebrates an end to winter and a way for our guests to start enjoying the beauty of spring!

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