Sign of spring: “Wicked Tulips” gearing up for tulip season
This year, in addition to curbside pickup, the original pick-your-own tulip option is returning
By: Tim Studebaker
EXETER, R.I. (WLNE) – It’s a sight sure to bring a smile to the face of many southern New Englanders, tired of being stuck inside during a pandemic winter. “Wicked Tulips,” the pick-your-own tulip destination that has exploded in popularity, is gearing up for their sixth season since moving to Rhode Island.
Owner Keriann Koeman says, “Our fans and our tulip lovers are super excited, and they’re just like ‘Can we come out to the field?’ Yes, yes you can. Bring your mask, but you can come.”
Last year, the pandemic put a stop to the pick-your-own option, and they could only offer curbside pickup. This year, they’re offering both.
Koeman says, “We are going to sell tickets by the hour, so we can control the crowds. And curbside, we’ll be doing that, but it won’t be as full-on as we did last year, because we get to now have people in the field, which is super exciting.”
They’ve moved in recent years, from Johnston to Exeter, and now a different location in Exeter at 400 Hog House Hill Road.
Owner Jeroen Koeman says, “The thing is with tulips that they cannot be planted in the same soil. We needed to find new soil, and we fortunately have now found a location in Exeter where we can be long term.”
They’re also adding a location in Connecticut.
In Exeter, early blooming varieties should be ready to pick in late April or early May. In Connecticut, later varieties should be ready later in May. And in the future, they hope to add another Rhode Island location back in Johnston.
Koeman says, “Northern Rhode Island u-pick, and southern Rhode Island u-pick so Rhode Islanders don’t have to travel more than 15 minutes. That’s the goal.”
If you plan to do the pick-your-own option, you’ll need timed tickets in advance to prevent overcrowding. Visit their website for more information: https://wickedtulips.com/
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