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I have fond memories from when I was growing up of visiting my great-grandma and the greenhouse in her back yard. She was always very into gardening and had such a love of flowers. I always loved visiting and walking through the greenhouse. Although I unfortunately definitely didn’t inherit her green thumb, I did get her love of flowers. I will never forget when we visited Alabama in April 3 years ago when we found out we were moving down here that there were so many gorgeous flowers. I knew then that I would love it here.
I have always wanted to visit a tulip field and, since we moved to Birmingham, I had heard a lot about the American Village Festival of the Tulips in Montevallo, Alabama. It’s located about 40-50 minutes from Birmingham. We always drive past Montevallo on our way down to the beach. We are still being very careful and only doing outdoor activities. I have been more on top of looking for spring activities and I saw an Instagram friend visit last weekend. Jake was off over the weekend, so I luckily convinced him to go with us. If you’re planning to go, make sure to check out the tulip watch page (here) to make sure the festival is still going on (update: the festival ended March 26th). I am pretty sure the festival started mid-March and will go on until they’re out of tulips.
Note: they’re requiring masks, especially when you pay for the tulips. Luckily we could easily socially distance far away from everyone for some photos. It was never overly crowded when we went on a Saturday afternoon.
The tulips are $1.50 each and can be planted. We went on the first day of spring and it was the perfect way to celebrate my favorite season.
My dress is from Hill House Home. It’s one of their nap dresses, which I’ve wanted for a while. Per their recommendation, they said to size down. I got the XS and it fit perfectly. I did feel like you needed to wear a bra (some smocked dresses you can get away with not having one).
- Tennis shoes: the watch page will give tips like if it’s muddy. I wore some white tennis shoes and was glad I did.
- Blankets for littles: I am so glad I remembered to bring a blanket for Scarlett’s pictures. I didn’t want to put her directly on the ground.
- If you have a tiny baby, an Easter basket photo would be priceless. I wish I had brought her basket, but I was not sure if it would be too crowded. We easily could have brought it and been able to distance from others. Everyone was really good about socially distancing.
I hope everyone has a wonderful first week of spring. What is your favorite season?
These pictures are so pretty!!
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Hi Courtney it is so nice you have memories of your great Grandma and her love of flowers! She helped mold your love of them also. I am glad that flowers were one of the attractions for moving to a new state. The American village of tulips is a place I would love to visit ! they are so pretty! I am glad you girls convinced Jake to go! It is a cute family photo that you can look back on . You and Scarlett look soo lovely in your outfits/ dresses!! Such a nice one of her standing supported by you, love it!! Your little girl is growing! Spring is also my favorite time of year , not too hot , then fall is my second. Have a lovely Sunday, best wishes, Terri xo.
Aww thanks,Terri! Such a fun memory taking her to see the tulips. 🙂 She really is growing a lot lately. I agree, Spring and fall are my favorites. Have a great Sunday too.
What wonderful memories of your great grandma. Those tulip fields are incredible! That’s really neat the tulips can be bought and planted too.
Thanks, Lindsey! It was a fun experience.