The experience of visiting Holland when the tulips are blooming sits at the top of my bucket list, along with visiting the Anne Frank museum… some day I just have to get there! In the meantime I’m enjoying this beautiful post by Michael at Florafocus. Michael’s blogs from a global gardening and design perspective and features amazing places all
over the world. Very fun reading on a cold New England Day! Enjoy! Michele

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At the end of the 16th century the first bulbs arrived in The Netherlands from Turkey. Soon the Dutch started the first  professional Flowerbulb-nurseries . The first started around Haarlem and Leiden with Lisse as the Bulb-capital in the center . The famous Dutch National Bulb Garden ‘Keukenhof‘ is also a part of this first bulb-area in Holland. Later also other areas became suitable for bulb-growing . Another big area is between Alkmaar and Den Helder during the last few decades a lot of grass for cows changed into bulb-fields.tulips-aerial_2470259k

In their search for a black tulip ( Queen of the night and Black Parrot came close ) many different varieties of the Tulip were born. Also the Dutch Trading-companies with their famous Dutch Trading-spirit discovered the tulip-bulb . The Tulip was subject of investments and speculations  and the Dutch Goverment was forced to interfere. This resulted in…

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