Tulips in the family

David Stewart, 83, lives on Bradshaw Road across from a field of tulips that will soon be in bloom. His grandmother, Mary Brown Stewart, is credited with bringing tulips to the Skagit Valley.

MOUNT VERNON — Tulips weren’t always a common sight in the Skagit Valley.

In the early 1900s, Samish Island resident Mary Brown Stewart ordered Skagit County’s first tulip bulbs from Holland, planting the first one in her yard in 1906.

— Reporter Leah Allen: 360-416-2149, lallen@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Leah_SVH

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