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Tulips From Holland: A Rich and Colorful History
Tulips from Holland: Learn More About the Gorgeous Dutch Tulips!
The Netherlands is famous for its beautiful Tulips! A lot of tourists visit my country for the "Tulips from Holland" Do you want to know the story behind this gorgeous flower? I collected some cool facts and information about Tulips for you. I is great to learn more about it if you're a "Tulip fan".
One thing for sure: it is a flower with a rich and colorful history! Of course I won't bother you with a full length lecture, I have chosen the most interesting facts only! I also included great practical information, for example: what is the best place to visit to see the most beautiful Tulips from Holland and how to grow them yourself!
Audiobook and Paperback versions of the famous Novel, "Tulip Fever" by Deborah Moggach. This novel takes you back to Amsterdam in the year 1630, a time where the so called "Tulip Mania" had seduced people.
Click on the pictures to learn more about this great book! Customers love it!
Here's an excerpt from a customer review on Amazon:
"Like a Dutch painting from the 1660, this book comes alive with the personalities of mid 17 century life. Once you get past the first few chapters the story takes off at a dizzying speed, rushing to the ironic ending".
In this audio book you'll learn all about the Tulip. It's a novel that takes you back to Amsterdam in the year 1630.
The book is also available in a paperback editio (see below)
Review from Carole P. Roman on Amazon.com:
"Like a Dutch painting from the 1660, this book comes alive with the personalities of mid 17 century life"
Tulips from Holland Poll
Do you love Tulips?
Cool Facts About Tulips - It All Started in the Year 1560...
The Netherlands is famous for its Tulips. The beautiful flower is exported worlwide. They are an important part of the Dutch culture.
Did you know that the Tulips origin isn't Dutch at all?
The Tulip was founded in the mountains of Kazakhstan! Turkish tradesmen brought the Tulip to Western Europe in 1560, the Tulip arrived in Holland around 1570. And after 23 years the first Tulips were cultivated in the so called Hortus Botanicus in Leiden (a Dutch town between Rotterdam and The Hague) by Carolus Clusius, a grower, who discovered the Tulip at the imperial gardens of Vienna he took care of for many years. He was so charmed by the beauty of the rare flower that he made a collection of Tulip bulbs and took them to Holland.
Carolus Clusius didn't want to spread his collection of Tulips throughout the entire country, he only wanted to share the wonder with fellow growers and scientists. Sadly for Clusius thieves broke into the Hortus Botanicus and after that the Tulip spread itself through Holland.
The Tulip was expensive those days, there was a true 'Tulip mania' going on. The price of 1500 Euro per Tulip or even higher was prety normal. For example: you could buy a house for that in Amsterdam! And it was the 20-fold of the annual salary of a specialist craftsman, can you imagine! The Tulip became the symbol of wealth. In the year 1637 Dutch government made an end to the mania by prohibiting the crazy transactions.
Learn about the Tulip Mania!
If you're really interested in a lot more interesting facts about the "Tulip Mania" you should read this book!
The Tulip today
In the past few centuries lots of varieties of the Tulip were cultivated. And still every year new Tulip names are born. Tulips are usually planted in October and November. That is because the bulbs need a cold night and cold winter to grow beautiful during the Springtime.
Close to Amsterdam you can find big fields full of Tulips!
About 75% of the Tulips that are grown in the Netherlands are for export, the rest is sold to Dutch consumers. Tulips from Holland have a huge variety of colors and shapes. There are over 100.000 different kinds of Tulips! It is even possible to name a Tulip after you! Every year many tourists who visit The Netherlands come to see our beautiful Tulips.
Photo Credits: Flickr
Visit The Keukenhof - An Abundance of Dutch flowers!
If you love Tulips and are in the Netherlands you really should visit The Keukenhof in Lisse. Best months to visit are April and May!
The Keukenhof is the place to be and see spring blossom. The park is unique, world famous and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for sixty years. Haven't seen Keukenhof? Then you haven't seen Holland. You won't find such an abundance of colors and fragrances anywhere else. More than seven million flowers form a glorious decor for the most beautiful photos. Come to Keukenhof and enjoy the ultimate spring feeling, the wonderful works of art, the surprising inspiration gardens and the many flower shows.
Keukenhof Tulips of Holland
Watch this lovely video made by people who visited The Keukenhof to see beautiful Tulips!
Grow Tulips yourself!
All you need to grow your own tulips!
Now you know how to grow Tulips all you need are Tulip Bulbs. Below is a great selection at Amazon, shipping world wide!
Tulips at home - For people who don't like to grow Tulips...
If you love Tulips for your home, but you're not really a fan of growing them yourself there are plenty of other ways to give your house a "Tulip Look". Below is a cool selection that will really impress your visitors!
Fresh Tulips are nice, but after one week or so you need to buy new ones. If you don't like that why not buy yourself these lovely Silk Tulips (red)? The glass vase is included!
Why not give everyone who enters your house a "Tulip Welcome". This gorgeous Doormat is a perfect decoration!