La 🌷 « Fête de la Tulipe » in 🇨🇭 Morges is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and kicks off this season on 20th March 2020, and those first buds are expected to be in full bloom by mid-April.
You don’t have to travel too far from the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc to experience total dépaysement, to distance yourself from the mountain valleys and high snowy peaks; just the other side of Lac Léman takes you to a land of open vistas of lake with an alpine backdrop (those very same mountains that are on our doorstep 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc!). A milder climate allows for vineyards to flourish and 🌷 springtime flowers to bloom.
Among the lovely lakeside villages and towns to explore on the other side of 🇩🇰 Lac Léman is Morges . . . and Morges is also host to the pretty 🌷 « Fête de la Tulipe » each year, which marks the return of springtime.
A lakeside stroll in Morges is perfect for a family outing . . . so pack your 🍏 picnic, pick a warm and sunny day, and don’t forget a 🚲 draisienne or pedal bike or 🛴 scooter for little explorers . . .
🌷 « La Fête de la Tulipe » 🌷
Every year, for the duration of about six weeks, the association « Morges Fleur du Léman » delights with 🌷 a carpet of tulips in the Parc de l’Indépendence (between the Château de Morges and the river La Morges) . . . about 🌷 120 000 tulips, from about 300 varieties, are planted and the result is a mosaic of vibrant colour! And to visit the event is FREE!
🍁 autumn preparation: during the autumn months, apprentice horiculturalists from Centre d’Enseignement Professionnel de Morges (CEPM) and gardeners from la Ville de Morges busy themselves getting the ground ready for this festival!
🌷 history of the event: the 🌷 « Fête de la Tulipe » was conceived in 1971 to celebrate and mark the 50th anniversary of the Société Vaudoise d’Horticulture. The Parc de l’Indépendance as the choice of location is a salute to the Vaudoise independence of 1898;
🌳 Parc de l’Indépendence: this green park has 50 types of trees, including the impressive chestnut tree from 1750 and giant sequoias;
🌈 animations – during the festival, there are plenty of weekend animations: exhibitions, gastronomic specialities, brunches, music, markets . . . / see website for more details about the animations;
🎉 50th birthday celebrations – to celebrate its 50th edition, a special statue by Leo Orta (and in collaboration with the Dutch company gutundgut) will be unveiled in the Parc de l’Indépendance/ the Dutch are the guests of honour this year, with an Orange Day planned for the 25th April 2020;
☕️ buvette – installed for the duration of the event from 10h to 18h, you can get snacks from 11h to 17h (run by the Fondation du Relais, which works towards the re-insertion into society of adults and young people in difficulty);
[ ➡️ for up-to-date information about the tulips’ blossoming, see état de la floraison ]