On Saturday the 6th of March, the new Back to Live tulip was baptized, marking the kick-off to the 57th edition of the yearly flower show in the Dutch town of Lutjebroek which took place outside this year. The theme this year was all about the home-growing of tulips by young and older generations. Steffen, the grandson of the flower show’s founder Sjaak Timmerman, baptized the tulip together with the 84-year-old Mart Stavenuiter, flower arranger from back in the early days.
Primary school children
Since 1964, primary school children are taught the basics of tulip cultivation. They received three pots with five flower bulbs each to grow at home. Steffen grew the most beautiful tulips, and the children at primary school ‘De Baskuul’, with professional guidance, made flower arrangements for the residents of care home Nicolaas. The tulip pots were decorated with 200 hearts containing positive messages.
Care home residents
Of course, the residents of the care home were also involved in this unique event. Like the primary school children, the residents partook in the ‘home grow’, as it is called in technical terms. Due to the Corona measures, the flower show took place outside this year in the care home garden so that all residents could enjoy the beautiful colors. The garden was made accessible to the public.
Positivity by tulip
The new tulip is a bright red tulip from plant nursery S. Schouten from the Dutch town of Wevershoof.
The name ‘Back to Live’ refers to the power of nature as seasonal flowers, like the tulip, bloom every year despite the world's situation. It is this positive message that is emphasized by the event.