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Springtime Fun: Lewes Delaware Tulip Festival
Close-up Photo of Tulips Blooming in Lewes
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
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
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 & MuseumClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
Lewes Tulip Library
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 SpringClick thumbnail to view full-size
Lewes Chamber of Commerce
Photo of University of Delaware Wind Turbine in Lewes
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.