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Tulips From Holland: A Rich and Colorful History

Updated on September 9, 2013

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!

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Tulip Fever

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".

Credits: Customer Review by Carole P. Roman, author in NY

Tulip Fever
Tulip Fever

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"

 

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Cool Facts About Tulips - It All Started in the Year 1560...

Cool facts about the Tulip
Cool facts about the Tulip

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.

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Learn about the Tulip Mania!

Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age
Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age

If you're really interested in a lot more interesting facts about the "Tulip Mania" you should read this book!

 

The Tulip today

Tulips at the Keukenhof in the Netherlands
Tulips at the Keukenhof in the Netherlands

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.

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Visit The Keukenhof - An Abundance of Dutch flowers!

Beautiful flowers at the Keukenhof, Netherlands
Beautiful flowers at the Keukenhof, Netherlands

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.

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Keukenhof Tulips of Holland

Watch this lovely video made by people who visited The Keukenhof to see beautiful Tulips!

Grow Tulips yourself!

It's great to grow Tulips yourself!
It's great to grow Tulips yourself!

If you love gardening and if you'd love to grow Tulips yourself this website has all information you need to know to get started. It's not my own website. I picked it for you, free service of the house!

http://gardenhobbies.com/bulbs/tulips.html

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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!

House of Silk Flowers Artificial Red Tulips in Glass Vase
House of Silk Flowers Artificial Red Tulips in Glass Vase

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!

 
Kempf Multi Tulip Natural Coco Doormat, 18 by 30 by 1-Inch
Kempf Multi Tulip Natural Coco Doormat, 18 by 30 by 1-Inch

Why not give everyone who enters your house a "Tulip Welcome". This gorgeous Doormat is a perfect decoration!

 

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @sybil watson: Thanks Sybil! We have a lot of Tulips nowadays, but the don't originate from Holland :) We did sort of buy them in the past hehehe.... and are one of our national symbols right now!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      Tulips are so gorgeous - each one is like a painting. I had no idea that they weren't originally from Holland. This is such an interesting and beautiful lens.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Bexley: Thank you Bexley! I think visiting Holland is a great idea! We have a small country but there is so much to see here! Have a nice day!

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      Bexley 3 years ago

      I love tulips! The yellow and red tulips are stunning! I'd love to visit Holland.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @FireHorse27: Thank you so much for your kind words, Firehorse27! Tulips are great and I know a lot of people who grow them in their garden!

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @junecampbell: Tulips are so beautiful. Thanks for commenting, nightcats!

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I certainly am. I am in love with tulips from anywhere!

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      FireHorse27 3 years ago

      WOW what a beautiful lens, Tulips are splendid plants to have growing in your garden.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Ben Reed: Thank you Bejeezers for your visit and the like of this Lens!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @happy-birthday: Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it, Mrjones123!

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Another wonderful lens! I have learned a few things here... :-) Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      I enjoyed my visit - thank you.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @CaztyBon: Thank you so much CatzyBon! The ones in the video are purple indeed! Good to hear the amount of information is just right! Sometimes it's hard to find the balance, I was happy myself with it too, good to hear you confirm that!

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Surely I am in love with tulips!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Vortrek Grafix: Yep, Tulips are not Dutch at all from origin, but they became a national Dutch symbol! Ever since Tulips came to Holland we definitely took the Tulips a step higher resulting in more than 100.000 different kind of them!

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      Vortrek Grafix 4 years ago

      So Tulips are originally from Kazakhstan, eh? As a Dutchman, I'm a bit surprised. Well, the Dutch certainly have mastered the art of cultivating them ever since adopting them :-)

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I love your Tulips!! I really love the orange ones and the ones in the video that looked purple (I think). I loved all the info on tulips not to much but not to little just right. Great lens!!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @mina009: Tulips rock! Thank you for your like and comment!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @TransplantedSoul: Wow, that sounds like Tulip Heaven! Did you ever take photos? Would love to see them!

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      Every year, Ho;;and send thousands of tulips to Ottawa (the capital of Canada) to thank Canada for taking in the Dutch royalty during the war. They all get planned along our canal and there is a great tulip festival.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @GrimRascal: Thanks! You should see them irl, they are fantastic flowers!

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      GrimRascal 4 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      I've never real tulips but the one's here on your lens are fantastic. :3

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @ChristyZ: Thanks for your kind comment Christy and of course I agree with you: Tulips are beautiful flowers! I hope you get the chance to see them one day in Holland!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Tulips are beautiful and I've always dreamed of visiting Holland one day. I have some tulips planted in my yard and look forward to them blooming each spring. :) Very nice lens!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I absolutely love tulips! Pinned to my flowers board and linked as related to my own lens: http://www.squidoo.com/tulipmania. You supplied a lot of historical information I did not know as well as beautiful pictures.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @othellos: Thank you Mario, I loved writing it, I'm looking at your coffee Lenses right now! Happy writing here at Squidoo!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @josietook: Thank you Josie, I totally agree with you! Tulips are amazing and colorful flowers. Thanks for visiting!

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      josietook 4 years ago

      Tulips really are beautiful, great lens

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @ajgodinho: You really should, it is so beautiful out there! I'm sure you'll love it!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tulips are beautiful flowers indeed. They are popular here in Canada too, during the Spring season. I love nature, so if I ever visit Holland, I will be sure to stop by the Keukenhof in Lisse!

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      peppervel 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing. am always fascinated by tulips. now I know the origin.

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      Anja Toetenel 5 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @anonymous: You're welcome Windblower! Thank you for the compliment and have a lovely Sunday!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Holland is truly the perfect contru for Tulips, and wow they have a lot. I love the nature of Holland, and the people. Thank you sharing this great lens.

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      Anja Toetenel 5 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @anilsaini: Thank you anilsaini :) More lenses will come soon!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens