The Military Medical Museum in Saint-Petersburg, (Museum of Medicine of the Russian Federation and the military medical service) reopened the renovated and refurbished Museum Nikolay Ivanovich Pirogov on 19 December 2018. On the occasion of this event a tulip with the name of 'Nikolay Pirogov' was baptised.
Inge F. Hendriks has taken the initiative to name a tulip after Nikolay Pirogov. She works on a thesis about the man. During the project, a close cooperation established with the Military Medical Museum, the Military Medical Academy named "SM Kirov" and the Anatoly Sobchak Foundation.
Messrs Wim Boon sr. and Wim Boon jr. of Boon Export B.V. and Messrs Axel Vroling and Mark Ruiter of Marax Tulips V.O.F. have transformed the initiative to the current result and event. An important part of the opening ceremony was the christening of a Dutch white-red triumph tulip. The tulip was raised by crossing the 'Kung Fu' with the 'Gavota' tulip.
The godparents prof.dr. Fisun, head of the Military Medical Academy named “S.M. Kirov”, prof.dr. Kotiv, vice-chairmen of the Russian Surgical Association named “Pirogov”; prof.dr. Budko, director of the Military Medical Museum; mister I. Scheers, vice-general Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Saint Petersburg, and mrs. Inge F. Hendriks, PhD-researcher of the Leiden University Medical Centre, gave the tulip the name 'Nikolay Pirogov'.
The 'Nikolay Pirogov' Tulip bulb can be grown from mid-January to the end of April in greenhouses. Moreover, it is a beautiful bulb flower to put as a cut flower on the vase. The flower bulb also can be planted in the open air in the garden late September / early October 10 centimetres deep in the soil and on five centimetres distance from each other.