Together with their European suppliers of the flower bulbs, Tulip growers in the United States have organized the annual Tulip Festival to celebrate International Women’s Day for years. Tens of thousands have received bouquets of tulips to enjoy and share.
While this year’s event may look a little different, the celebration will go on.
“A bouquet of tulips is the perfect way to honor the extraordinary women that inspire us every day,” says Henk Westerhof, who represents the tulip growers and their suppliers. “Tulips symbolize unconditional love, new beginnings and, charity. And, this year’s festivities will still allow us to share our admiration but also enable us to reach even more women.”
To kick-off the month-long celebration, tulip growers have partnered with Petals for Hope to giveaway 1,000 bouquets of tulips to women on the frontline, in nursing homes, women’s shelters, and more. Petals for Hope, a non-profit organization, repurposes fresh flowers after weddings and other events to share them with people in less than desirable circumstances.
"The Petals for Hope team is thrilled to be a part of this event where we will be able to share joy and light to women throughout the United States in honor of International Women's Day. Our organization's mission is to spread joy, and we are honored to be able to continue that work even during these unprecedented times," says founder Brittaney Sard.
A total of 25,000 gorgeous stems of the beloved spring tulips will find new homes.
“We are so grateful to everyone at Petals for Hope. We couldn’t spread this much joy without their help,” says Peggy Anne Montgomery, from Garden Media Group on behalf of the tulip growers. “We think giving a bouquet of tulips to the women we admire most will become an International Women’s Day tradition.”
The excitement continues all month on social media, culminating in a two-day virtual tulip festival, Gather Tulips, March 27th and 28th. This free event connects professional floral designers with everyday flower enthusiasts.
World-renowned floral designer, Sarah Campbell of Intrigue Designs, will host the festival. Campbell appeared on Netflix’s “The Big Flower Fight,” and her installations were featured on NBC, ABC, and in The Knot and Martha Stewart Living.
“We are dreaming big in creating the virtual tulip festival and hoping to inspire, uplift, and bring a unique experience right into your home,” says Campbell. “2021 will be the year of healing, and flowers play an important role in improving our lives, brightening our out-look, lowering stress, and easing sadness.”
Gather Tulips will bring people together to share the love of tulips and learn creative ways to use them in their homes to ensure a brighter future for themselves and their families. The entire cast of celebrity designers will be announced soon.