Netherlands: Colourful start to the tulip season

The new tulip season has started, with the international kick off on the Dam in Amsterdam (NL). Dutch tulip growers (TPN) had for the eighth year running laid on a huge picking garden using some 200,000 colourful tulips. An estimated 17,000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad travelled to Amsterdam to enjoy the wonderful blooms and pick themselves a bunch of tulips. Nationale Tulpendag [National Tulip Day], which has Flowerpower as its theme, was opened by Dutch TV personality Quinty Trustfull. Dutch tulips will be available in many colours and varieties until late May. Tulip Day is now also celebrated in Germany, Belgium and the United States.

TPN chairman Arjan Smit: “Tulip Day in Amsterdam has grown into a global event that annually attracts some 17,000 visitors from over 100 countries. This year, the picking garden’s design is extra colourful to emphasise that tulips are inclusive. Irrespective of nationality, gender expression or background. Tulip Day is a unifying festivity, full of positivity!” Preceding the opening, Quinty Trustfull, the TV personality, christened her own, pink tulip.

Tulip Day is also celebrated outside the Netherlands. For the second year running, Amsterdam’s event coincided with that in Antwerp that this year featured 100,000 tulips on the Koningin Astridplein [square] near central station. In Germany there will be a show garden at the Grüne Woche in Berlin from 18 - 27 January. In the United States a picking garden will be created on Saturday 2 March to celebrate Tulip Day in Union Square, San Francisco.

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