On March 4, 2023, American Tulip Day is returning to San Francisco. Union Square will be transformed using 80,000 American-grown tulips, grown from Dutch bulbs, in honor of International Women's Day. The public is invited to come and pick a free bouquet of tulips for themselves or as a gift to a woman who has inspired them this year.
Presented by Royal Anthos, tulips in countless colors and varieties will take over San Francisco's iconic Union Square on Saturday, March 4. "We are so excited to be back in San Francisco for our popular American Tulip Day," says Henk Westerhof, President of Royal Anthos. "A bouquet of tulips is the perfect way to honor the extraordinary women who inspire us every day. Tulips symbolize unconditional love, new beginnings, and charity."
The Mayor of San Francisco, London N. Breed, and the President of Royal Anthos, Henk Westerhof, will open the ceremony at 12:00 pm. At that time, Westerhof will present a bouquet of tulips to the Mayor named after her. "The Dutch people are grateful for the strong relationship with the City of San Francisco. To thank the city and the Mayor for receiving Dutch Queen Maxima in September 2022, we will name a special tulip after Mayor London Breed and gift Dutch tulips to Bay Area residents," said Consul-General Dirk Janssen.
"Tulip Day brings so much color and joy to Union Square. I can't think of a more spectacular way to welcome spring than picking a bouquet of tulips in San Francisco's iconic public plaza," said San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg.
"Science confirms that flowers make us happy and promote compassion and kindness for others. Seeing the joy on thousands of people's faces is so powerful. There is nothing else like the feeling American Tulip Day brings," exclaims Peggy Anne Montgomery from Garden Media Group. "Tulips are the perfect way to honor women and spread the joy that only fresh flowers can bring. We hope it will become a new tradition to share a bouquet of tulips with the special women in our lives on International Women's Day."
American Tulip Day 2023 is presented by Royal Anthos with support from San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the Union Square Business Improvement District.
Why promote flowers:
- Fresh flowers promote innovation, creativity, and productivity.
- The presence of flowers triggers overall positive emotional health with general life satisfaction, delight, and gratitude.
- Flowers reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, and agitation.
- Flowers provide comfort due to an inherent tendency of humans to be drawn to nature.
- Flowers boost the well-being and general health of senior citizens.
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