Springtime Fun: Lewes Delaware Tulip Festival

Close-up Photo of Tulips Blooming in Lewes

"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." ~Gertrude S. Wister
"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." ~Gertrude S. Wister | Source

Tip-Toe Through the Tulips 1929 version

Tiptoe Through the Tulips in Lewes

Spring is upon us and I can't think of a better way to celebrate its beauty than walking among the thousands of tulips that have been lovingly planted throughout the historic seaside town of Lewes, Delaware.

The town folk honored their Dutch heritage by holding their Sixth Annual Tulip Festival in mid April, 2014. This hub will take you on a pictorial tour of the tulips that were in bloom during the 2014 event, and previous festivals. It includes quotes about flowers and provides general information about this stunning event.

The festival has several sponsors-- Lewes in Bloom, the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the Zwaanendael Museum, the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market who all work together to ensure there are plenty of things to see and do.

Visitors from New Jersey may want to arrive via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as Tulip Trolley Tours can be taken from the ferry terminal.

Remember that mother nature does not always follow the same bloom schedule that's expected when festival dates are chosen, but even if the tulips aren't in full bloom, there are great things to do in Lewes, such as shop in the boutiques and antique stores, eat in one of the fine restaurants or visit Cape Henlopen State Park where there is public beach access to the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, bike trails, a fishing pier that overlooks the Lewes Ferry Terminal and Delaware Bay, a World War II concrete tower which can be climbed for a panoramic view of the ocean and bay, and a nature center.

Colors Expanded for 2013 & 2014 Tulip Festivals

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Lewes Tulip Facts

The following facts explain the history of the tulips that have been planted in the Town of Lewes since the festival began 6 years ago:

  • More than 10,000 bulbs have been planted by Lewes in Bloom and other volunteers in the city's parks and public places.
  • Tulip Parade Red, Tulip Cream Jewel and blue Muscari bulbs were planted the first year. The red, white and blue color theme was chosen because they are the colors of both the Dutch and American flags.
  • In the fall of 2011 yellow and orange bulbs were planted to enhance the color spectrum. These are the colors that are popular in the Dutch tulip festivals.
  • The 2014 displays were filled with vibrant, multicolored bulbs planted all over the town.

Potted Tulips on Display & for Sale

"Earth laughs in flowers." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Buying bulbs is an investment in future happiness.
"Earth laughs in flowers." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Buying bulbs is an investment in future happiness. | Source
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Each year, potted tulips are placed all over town and visitors can buy tulip bulbs from Lewes in Bloom.

The bulb sales are part of their fund raiser to support the festival and to pay for the planting of more bulbs in the fall.

Visit Zwaanendael Park & Museum

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Zwaanendael Museum & Park Activities

The Zwaanendael Museum and adjacent park has one of the most dramatic displays of tulips in Lewes and every year there is a Tulip Festival Photography Contest, but anyone who has a camera will enjoy taking photos not only in springtime, but also in summer and fall when many other flowers are in bloom.

Throughout each season (except for winter) just strolling through the park is sure to make visitors feel like the sentiments expressed in this poetry verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay:

"I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one."

Visit the Lewes Public Library

"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." ~Lydia M. Child
"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." ~Lydia M. Child | Source

Lewes Tulip Library

Tulip library includes 28 varieties.
Tulip library includes 28 varieties. | Source

Children's Garden

Entrance to the Children's Learning Garden.
Entrance to the Children's Learning Garden. | Source
View through the trellis.
View through the trellis. | Source

Tulip Library at the Lewes Public Library

Lewes in Bloom and other volunteers planted bulbs at the Lewes Public Library to create a tulip "library" that features more than 28 different varieties of tulips.

The library also has a lovely, colorful tulip exhibit on display and of course there are many gardening books that those who have a Delaware Library Card can check-out.

The Lewes Library is adjacent to the Stango Park Lewes Arboretum which includes a Children's Learning Garden, picnic tables and benches.

There is also comfortable seating inside the library, especially in the periodical room which includes the latest editions of many regional magazines that can be read on-site so even if you don't have a library card you will find it's a great place to sit and rest, especially if April showers erupt.


Pictorial Tour of Lewes in Spring

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The Buttery is a great place to eat lunch or dinner and if you eat on the veranda you'll be overlooking their abundant tulip display.Old house and deck in the Lewes Historical Society Complex.Tulip mural on store front.
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The Buttery is a great place to eat lunch or dinner and if you eat on the veranda you'll be overlooking their abundant tulip display.
The Buttery is a great place to eat lunch or dinner and if you eat on the veranda you'll be overlooking their abundant tulip display. | Source
Old house and deck in the Lewes Historical Society Complex.
Old house and deck in the Lewes Historical Society Complex. | Source
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Tulip mural on store front.
Tulip mural on store front. | Source

Lewes Chamber of Commerce

For info about all springtime events in Lewes, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at 302-645-8073.
For info about all springtime events in Lewes, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at 302-645-8073. | Source

Photo of University of Delaware Wind Turbine in Lewes

Wind turbine at the University of Delaware Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes is a sleek, modern day windmill used for research and energy production.
Wind turbine at the University of Delaware Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes is a sleek, modern day windmill used for research and energy production. | Source

Are There Any Windmills in Lewes?

Fellow hubber, Femmeflashpoint, asked the question, "Are there any Dutch style windmills in Lewes?"

The answer is no, but there is one very special modern day wind turbine in Lewes at the University of Delaware Hugh R. Sharp Campus. You can see from the photo, that it has a sleek appearance. During June 2010 through May 2011, it produced 5.1 million kilo watt hours of energy, which was enough to power the entire campus plus send 1.3 million kwh to the Lewes Board of Public Works which was able to use it to provide power for 120 homes.

In addition to producing energy, the turbine serves as a platform for research because its coastal placement on campus makes it ideal for studies that can inform the wind industry.

The chance to see it in person is one more reason to visit Lewes in springtime or any other season. For more information about this modern day "windmill" go to: http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/lewesturbine/faq.shtml .

Hope to See You at Next Year's Tulip Festival

Hope you have enjoyed this pictorial tour of some of the flowers that were on display during previous Lewes Tulip Festivals.

If you missed the tulip festival don't despair. There are still plenty of other flower displays throughout the town of Lewes during spring, summer and fall.

Have you ever been to a tulip festival?

  • Yes
  • Yes, and it was the Lewis Tulip Festival.
  • No.
  • No, but I plan to go in the future.
  • No, and I never want to visit a tulip festival.
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One Last Photo of Lewes in Bloom in Springtime

Springtime canal view with trees in full bloom during the tulip festival.  Missed the festival? No problem,  you can still see stunning flowers if you visit Lewes throughout the spring, summer or fall seasons.
Springtime canal view with trees in full bloom during the tulip festival. Missed the festival? No problem, you can still see stunning flowers if you visit Lewes throughout the spring, summer or fall seasons. | Source

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello Gail,

A beautiful hub that brought up so many fond memories. Tulips is my favorite flower but oddly I have never attempted to grow them..I think I will now..Not sure how they will do here. When I was a child my dad had to go work in Holland. We stayed in a guest house for a month while dad worked. We went to the many gardens that held nothing but tulips. It was such a beautiful memory besides seeing nuns riding motorbikes..lol Thank you for the pictures and evoking a wonderful time. Great hub!

Hugs,

Sunnie


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie,

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. I can just imagine how exciting it must have been to be in Holland during tulip blooming season!

Hope you have success growing some tulips for next year.

Love the visual image of nuns riding motorbikes!

Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I always grew tulips when I lived up north, but they don't do well in FL. They are my favorite Spring flower and I really enjoyed your hub. Voted up and beautiful.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I love this hub it's so beautiful seeing all the Tulips.

This is a gentle reminder how beautiful Holland looks this time of year. My great regret is not going there when I lived just a ferry ride to get there, darn.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful, Joyce.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Pamela,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. Tulips are my favorite spring flower also because they're so bright and tall and they look so impressive when planted in bulk.

Thanks so much for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Joyce,

I'm thrilled you enjoyed the photos and hub and appreciate the vote up.

When I lived in New York State I used to take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry en route to the Outer Banks, NC, for vacation and would drive off the ferry and right back onto the highway without ever stopping in Historic Lewes. It was only after we moved to Delaware that I realized just how much I'd been missing all those years by not stopping for lunch or dinner.

Hopefully, others will realize that it's a great place to visit for a few hours, a day, weekend, or full vacation, especially in springtime but also in summer and fall.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Happyboomernurse, your hubs always make me feel like it is the weekend. That is some trick. Both your tour and the photographs take us on a comfortable stroll through a little vacation spot. Thanks.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

The photos are gorgeous and the village divine. You certainly make me want to jump in my car and head up there. I wish it were closer to us. sigh


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mike,

Thanks so much for your lovely comment and feedback. It really made me smile.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyph,

Ah yes, I believe it is your kind of town and you would have a field day taking photos of it.

I'm so happy you enjoyed the hub.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love Your Way,

Gail


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Hello Gail! What a lovely and cheerful hub! Looking at the beautiful colors of the tulips, makes me want to have a huge bouquet to look at, here beside my bed. I haven't even noticed it is spring outside. . . Thank you for a wonderful hub and this virtual tour through a tulip festival.

Voted up, beautiful, awesome and sharing.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sannel,

Your lovely comment made my soul soar this morning. So glad you enjoyed your virtual tour and hope you'll get time to enjoy a beautiful spring walk where you live.

Thanks for the vote up and for sharing. It's greatly appreciated.

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs Your Way,

Gail


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You mean Tip-Toe Through the Tulips wasn't really Tiny Tim's song, oh my, I'm heart-broken lol. Lewes in Bloom is right. What a pretty place to call home and how the town's people honor their Dutch heritage and history is something special. Thanks Gail, I'm with Hyph, wish it were closer, but you provide us with the next best thing!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

I was as surprised as you to see that Tiny Tim wasn't the first to sing that song! Guess we're too young to know better. (LOL) I posted the 1929 version because the tulips opened up in the last stanza and pretty girls came out of them.

Thanks for leaving such a fun and kind comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love tulips, one of my favorite flowers. I would love to visit the area. Thank you for sharing...


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Absolutely beautiful, I would definitely visit if I lived in the area, I love all the colors and it makes Spring such a wonderful time of the year, wish I could get there! lol!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Always Exploring,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Hope you do get to visit one day, but till then hope you spend some renewal time in nature this springtime.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Nell,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I enjoyed the hub you wrote about balcony gardening and how you created a little garden paradise of your own. Proves that wherever we live we can find space to be among plants, flowers and whimsical little statues.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Oh yes, many an old musical has been redeemed by the pretty girls lol. Actually Gail, late twenties and early thirties Hollywood musicals are a particular interest of mine. Originals are almost always best and the coming of sound created so many masterpieces in that genre. Tiptoe thru the Tulips was a treat I'd never seen before.:)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

Thanks for coming back and sharing more of your expertise about movies and theatre. Glad I was able to share a clip you'd never seen before.

Hope you have sweet dreams tonight.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I loved the tulips that popped up each Spring up north. Really enjoyed learning about the Lewes Delaware Tulip Festival from your hub and pictures. The song video was an added pleasure. I also think of Tiny Tim with regard to that song. Voted up, useful, interesting and beautiful. Would love to see this in person someday.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub, photos and video and hope you do get to see it in person one day.

Thanks so much for the vote up and your ongoing support.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Gail, how I would love to visit a tulip festival - but this is the next best thing!

The colours are so vibrant and beautiful and I enjoyed the tour.

The tulips are flowering in my garden and I seem to be constantly taking photos of them!

Thank you for sharing and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wonderful hub! I love tulips, I have planted more in my yard this year. I would LOVE to see Lewes Tulip Festival someday. Great information and beautiful pictures. Voted up, beautiful and sharing on my blog. Have a beautiful day! :)


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Tulips! Thank you for this lovely tour. Your pictures give me a beautiful idea of what to expect. I have always enjoyed flowers and gardens. I had heard of the festival before - now I want to see it in person. Voted up and Tweeted - beautiful too!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sgbrown,

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos and thank you for the vote up and for sharing the link on your blog.

Hope you do get to attend the Lewes Festival someday. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your own tulips. I think it's great that you've planted additional ones this year.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lesley,

Sorry I'm answering this out of sequence.

Your lovely comment made my heart soar. Am so glad you enjoyed the hub and are photographing your own tulips. They are such beautiful subjects aren't they?

Thanks so much for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

Am heading your way in a few minutes.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Miss Olive,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and I greatly appreciate the vote up and tweet.

Hope you are enjoying spring and getting to spend some time outdoors.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh what can I say Gail that hasn't been said before.

Your hubs are always amazing and so beautiful!!

Sometimes when we set ourselves a high level we don't always maintain that height but not once have your hubs disappointed.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Beautiful tulips and great hubs. I love tulips and they're such happy flowers. Sadly I have some dying in my backyard. I'm hoping they come around next year. lol!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Aw Eddy,

Your kind words make my spirit soar as if upon the wings of eagles. I so enjoyed your Cherokee poem and story about Sunshine Ray this morning.

How wonderful it is to share hubs with you, my friend.

Hope you have a great day on your side of the Atlantic.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lynn Murphy,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos.

For information about planting and caring for tulips you can read Paulahenry1's hub about them at: http://hubpages.com/living/Tulip-Bulbs-For-Sale-Bu...

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.

Hope you have a wonderful spring.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Oh, this is beautiful, HBN. You undo yourself with every Hub you write! I grew tulips when I lived in Ga. but can't grow them here in Fl. I really miss them. You are always going to some interesting place and taking wonderful photos. You add to my life with the beauty you bring with each Hub. I voted this UP, etc. and I will share to my FB friends.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Tulips are so Beautiful, it's a shame they are such a short- lived Flower. Your Pictures are Breathtaking Gail, such a treat to see. I haven't seen any here in Florida. Of course I so Enjoyed reading your rich, and always Informative Hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mary,

Aw...thanks for your lovely comment. It made my heart sing. So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and thanks for the vote up, share and ongoing support. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b. Malin,

Several people have mentioned that tulips don't bloom in Florida which was something I hadn't realized. Guess the bulbs need a period of cold weather to bloom properly.

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated as is your ongoing support.

Obviously, we're back in Delaware and with spring flowers and trees blooming early here it made for an easy re-adjustment and we're experiencing the great joy of experiencing two spring blooms!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Your tulip photographs are beautiful, Gail! There is something so cheerful about tulips blooming in all of their vibrant colors. Lewes must be so delightful to visit during the tulip blooming season! I can see myself having a coffee or lunch at the Buttery while enjoying the pretty tulip garden!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

So thrilled you liked your photo tour. Yes, tulips are cheerful and a welcome harbinger of spring.

Lunch at the Buttery sounds great- the food there is too delicious to just limit yourself to coffee!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and are enjoying spring.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

So beautiful loved all your pictures. I try to grow tulips here but they come up one year than gone the next year. Vote up and Beautiful. Have a great day.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Moonlake,

Thanks so much for the feedback and the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

Hope you are enjoying spring.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

The tulips in my garden came and went so quickly I really appreciate seeing the beautiful tulips you have featured here! Enjoy you spring show.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Green Lotus,

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the photos. As you say, the beauty of the tulips is stunning but fleeting which is perhaps the reason why they're so loved.

Hope you have a beautiful and blessed spring season.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Gail, I love tulips, very very much! I have never been to a tulip festival, but the one you shared here seems so lovely.

I enjoyed your photos and descriptions, and it makes me want to go there. The last picture really caught my eye, what a neat place to be! That would look great framed, its so nice! Many votes up, thanks for sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Oceansnsunsets,

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your cyber visit and the photos.

I enjoyed the festival and am already looking forward to going next year.

Except for winter, Lewes always has lots of flowers blooming all over the historic district and is a colorful place to visit.

The last picture was my favorite, too. I took it while standing on top of a drawbridge looking down on the canal. There are no tulips visible in the photo but I liked the color of the blooming trees.

Thanks for your specific feedback and the vote up.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hi Gail, you have written another stunning hub, full of interest and charm. I love the warmth that you always write with, no matter what the topic. The photographs are beautiful, and make me wish that I lived closer to those places that you write about. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy through your eyes. Net:)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Annette,

I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed you cyber visit. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment that made my heart sing with joy. Your feedback, friendship and ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

HBN, voted up and all across but funny. Another great article my friend. I love tulips, one of my favorite flowers. My mother planted them all around the house and it really made home feel like home. Reminds me of great memories. You are such a great photographer HBN. It is always fun to see what you have captured. I never heard of this event. I can easily understand why you like your home so much. They really seem to have a lot going on all year round. Seems like there is always something to do, seems that it would be a great place to raise kids. It is such a beautiful place. Great work HBN. Another class "A" hub. Hope you have a good one and see you around.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Thelyricwriter,

I'm thrilled that this brought back some good memories about your mother and the tulips that she planted all around your house.

Yes, I am very blessed to live in an area where there is so much to see and do, especially in good weather and it's a lot of fun taking pictures and sharing some of the events on HubPages.

Thanks so much for your kind words, ongoing support and the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What a beautiful hub Gail. Such a pretty place and wonderful how the townspeople keep the reminder of their heritage and links of Holland. Tulips are beautiful flowers and so vibrant.

Thank you again for the tour


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay,

I'm thrilled you enjoyed your cyber tour of this stunningly beautiful town and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment.

Hope you are enjoying springtime in New Zealand.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Haha spring time in new Zealand won't arrive until September, it is autumn here now and we have winter to look forward to.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay,

My ignorance is surely showing but thanks for setting me straight in such a gentle way.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Ah winter will made more bearable for visiting lovely sunny hubs like yours :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Aw Rosemay,

That's so sweet. Thank you.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Tulips are so majestic yet humble flowers (my opinion)

I have been to lompoc valley in california and the feeling is amazing to see so many flowers bloom at the same time.

the pix in this hub are beautiful. voted up with interesting and awesome hub!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ruchira,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and thank you for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm not getting notifications when everyone writes a hub. When you commented on mine I realized it had been awhile since I had heard from you and sure enough you have hubs written lately that I have not read. I'm sorry about that.

Wonderful pictures and a great hub my friend! Thank you for the tour.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Billy,

That happens to me sometimes, too. So glad you enjoyed the tour and photos and thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


klarawieck 4 years ago

Your description, the photos, the history and meaning behind each exhibition - it has made me want to go outside and plant flowers. Beautiful hub! What a gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Klarawieck,

I hope you do plant those flowers!

Glad you enjoyed the hub and photos.

Thanks so much for the feedback and kind words.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Boomer,

I'm FINALLY back where I started, lol. And, then of course, it took five minutes to scroll through all your comments! (Grin!)

Awesome hub! I loved the photos! The flower presentations are beautiful, but the architecture of the buildings and the coastal landscape would be worth seeing during any season.

I shared the link with a very hot Dutchman, who lives across the pond. I wanted to ensure him that the Americans of Dutch descent haven't forgotten their roots. :)

I'm impressed with the display of a bit of Holland here in the states, and I'm wondering if they have Dutch-style windmills nearby as well.

femme


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Femme,

Your comments are always such a joy! So thrilled that you loved the hub and you're right that this beautiful seaside town is a great place to visit during any season. It gets cold in winter but still has a lot of charm, great views, places to take a brisk walk and then get a hot bowl of soup in one of the many eating establishments.

So thrilled that you shared this with a very hot Dutchman! Yes, Lewes residents take their Dutch heritage very seriously but as far as I know there are no Dutch-style windmills nearby. LOL

Lewes does, however, have an energy producing windmill which is at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus. It produced 5.1 million kilowatt hours of energy during its first year of operation which was enough to power UD’s Lewes campus and send a surplus of kwh to the city. Hmm....now you've got me thinking (as you always do) about adding an extra section to this hub about the windmill- it's not Dutch-style but is a modern day version of energy production. Who knows, perhaps in the future modern day turbines will look quaint and coming to Lewes at the present time is a great way to see what a turbine looks and sounds like.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Oh my! What a beautiful and beautiful tulips! Wished I could grow tulips on our backyard too. I love reading about beautiful flowers!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Unknown Spy,

So glad that you enjoyed the photos and hub.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Boomer,

I do hope you add the windmill section. I think that's an awesome idea. :)

femme


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Femme,

It's added. That was such a cool question that I wanted to make sure to get the answer into the body of this hub.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Boomer,

I just saw it. Thank you!

It's massive, but sleek. I've heard many folks say that modern-day turbines are an eyesore on the horizon, and although it lacks the quaint beauty of traditional Dutch-style windmills, I don't see that it's an eyesore at all.

I'd love to see it up close!

femme


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Femme,

I actually find it quite relaxing to watch but it's only a single turbine surrounded by natural beauty and unless you're up close to it you don't hear any noise. I think most of the controversy comes when there are dozens or even hundreds lined up offshore or onland.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Lovely hub here Happy, you went a great distance to see them cool flowers, I never went to a festival like this, but it would surely be cool to go to one.

Nice hub here, taking them awesome pictures must have been super fun, voted up and out!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi CloudExplorer,

Thanks so much for the lovely comment and I'm thrilled and honored that you enjoyed it enough to share with your followers. Also appreciate the vote up.


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Leaderofmany 4 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

Once again you have brought back memories, tulips are my favorite flower. I plant them here in Kentucky. But nothing compares to the Lewe's Tulips. Some the places that you mentioned were favorite places of mine to go during the summer. Thanks for the walk down memory lane yet again.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Leaderofmany,

So glad it brought back more happy memories and I thank you for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Your hub is beautiful! Tulips are the best, they are just so amazing right. But we don't have any tulips plantations here. wished we have one.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Unknown Spy,

So glad that you enjoyed the photos and hub and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

It's greatly appreciated.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Gail, I found this on Pinterest. Loved your pictures and descriptions.

You are an amazing writer and photographer.

Regards


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks Vinaya,

I so appreciate your warm welcome to Pinterest and look forward to pinning some of your outstanding travel hubs.

Best Regards,

Gail


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Such a beautiful hub I really enjoyed it. If I ever get to Delware I will go to the Tulip Festival. Great photos. Voted up and shared.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

This hub makes me want to tip-toe through the tulips! :) Actually I might get in trouble for that. Beautiful photos and very springy!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Moonlake,

So thrilled that your enjoyed the photos and hub and thanks so much for the vote up and share. They're greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunshine,

Thanks for the lovely and clever comment. Tiny Tim was able to turn tip-toeing through the tulips into gold, but the rest of us risk someone coming to take us away....if we get overly exuberant. hehe!

Sending Hub Hugs Your Way,

Gail


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I've always wanted to visit Rehoboth Beach in Delaware but now you've expanded my horizon ;) What a lovely place jugding from your great pictures. Thanks so much for the inviting visit.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting, and yes I want to go to a tulip festival!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tillsontitan,

So thrilled you liked the hub. Yes, if you get to visit Rehoboth, Lewes is another great place to see and is only 10 minutes away. Though tulips are blooming in both towns in springtime, there is also an abundance of colorful flowers throughout summer and fall.

Thanks so much for the vote up and lovely comment.

Hope you have a beautiful spring in New York.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

My father's aunt used to live in Delaware...too bad we didn't know about this festival back then! Maybe we'll have a chance to go someday. I can't think of a better way to honor a Dutch heritage. Your photos are beautiful--thank you for sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vespawoolf,

The festival is still relatively new so they probably didn't have it yet when you were visiting your father's aunt. The good news is that each year they plant more bulbs so it gets more vibrant than the previous year.

So glad that you enjoyed the photos and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Such beautiful photos! This looks like a great place to visit. I've never been to a tulip festival, and I had no idea they had them in Delaware, but I bet it's really beautiful.

Voting it up, BAUI, pinned to my 'Yellow & Orange' board, and sharing with my followers!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Actually this is a great time of year to read this lovely springtime hub! I would certainly rather be looking at the beautiful tulips you have shown us than the leaves falling off the trees.

Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Au fait,

So thrilled that you liked the hub and photos. Lewes is beautiful in spring, summer and fall. Each season brings a new crop of flowers that bloom so except for winter there's plenty of color and lots of things to do.

Thanks so much for the vote up, the share with followers and pinning it to your Yellow & Orange board. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend and are enjoying some stunning fall colors.

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tillsontitan,

So glad that you enjoyed the photos and hub.

I love fall when the leaves are at peak color, but once the leaves and temperature drop things can get dreary, and it's hard knowing that there's a long, cold winter ahead!

Thanks so much for the vote up. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Hugs,

Gail


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Hi Gail going back a while here but still as great a hub as ever. voting up, across and shared.

I wish you a great weekend.

lots of love from Wales.

eddy.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

Thanks for the kind words, good wishes, vote up and share.

I was just thinking of you. My sense of geography is poor. I know England is being walloped by an intense storm, but I hope it's not affecting you in Wales.

Love & Hugs,

Gail


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hello Dear Gail - I've missed you so much. One way that I always feel close to you is to visit one of your magnificent hubs. This is what I'm doing now.

My heart has bloomed again just like these beautiful tulips you have written about. I thank you for this. I can't begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed this visit. Starting with the historic town of Lewes, Delaware and the history of the tulips, I found myself lost in the array of colors, so real looking. I particularly paused to to take in the old barrel filled with beautiful tulips. I'm a big fan of barrels filled with flowers.

I would love to visit here and take in the museum and library followed by a trip to the arboretum. Here in California we are welcoming spring and I enjoy greeting each new bud peeking it's little head to say hello.

I wish you a delightful and joyous summer my friend. Thank you for bringing such beauty to me. Voted up and completely across (not funny) and will share.

I send you both hugs galore and forever love. ~ Audrey


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Audrey,

Your lovely, and specific comment touched me to the core and brought an invigorating burst of spring sunshine into my corner of the world today.

I have missed you, too, and am glad to hear you are doing well and still appreciating the beauty of nature as much as I do.

The tulips bloomed after the festival this year, but they were as stunning as ever.

May your spring and summer be filled with many blessings and all the joy your heart can hold.

Gail


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

So glad this hub was shared. I'm a flower-lover...especially tulips. Have been to some beautiful flower festivals, but not "tulips only."

I have some plants in my yard...in fact, in full bloom right now. They add such pretty color to the scheme of things.

I can only imagine how great it was to be at this festival, Gail.....would love to be able to do that one day.

I spent a lot of time in Germany...where tulips are everywhere! Really enjoyable hub.....have a Spring filled with blossoms of happiness! Up+++............Peace, Paula


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Paula,

Thanks for leaving such a detailed comment. I didn't realize Germany has so many tulips!

I'm glad to hear you've had the pleasure of attending some beautiful flower festivals and that spring plants are blooming in your yard right now.

I just finished planting geraniums in two big barrels and my rhododendrum shrubs are in full bloom so I picked a fresh bouquet of flowers for my dining room table.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for giving it a vote up. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sending Blessings & Hugs,

Gail


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Such a beautiful place. My sister worked on the Cape May Ferry for several years. It's changed some since then. Always something great to see in Delaware and you proved that. So lovely.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Favored,

I love the town of Lewes and was there today. This time of year there is an abundance of flowers bursting with blooms because they've been growing all summer.

I bet your sister has a lot of stories related to her job on the Cape May Ferry.

I'm going on the ferry tomorrow as a round trip foot passenger and am really looking forward to it.

Thanks for leaving a lovely comment.

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