Exploring Dutch tulip farms

Welcome to another ThisWorld Original film “This Flower used to be more expensive than homes – How the Dutch grow tulips” where we guide you through the enchanting tulip fields of the Netherlands

But why tulips, you may wonder? The tulip signifies more than just a flower in the Netherlands; it embodies national pride and represents horticultural excellence.

A Brief History of Tulips

Tulips have been enchanting people for centuries. Originating from Central Asia, these exquisite flowers made their way to Europe in the 16th century, where they captured the imagination of artists, poets, and botanists alike. In the Netherlands, tulips found fertile soil both literally and figuratively, becoming an integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Tulip Mania

The Dutch Golden Age witnessed a phenomenon known as “Tulip Mania,” during the 17th century. Tulip bulbs became objects of speculation and were traded at exorbitant prices, reaching feverish heights in what is considered one of the first economic bubbles in history. The price got so high that a house next to the river could cost almost the same as tulip bulb! Though the frenzy eventually subsided, it left an indelible mark on Dutch culture, cementing the tulip’s status as a symbol of beauty, prosperity, and fleeting abundance.

The Keukenhof Gardens

Every spring, the Keukenhof Gardens, located near the town of Lisse, burst into a kaleidoscope of colors as millions of tulips bloom in a symphony of reds, yellows, pinks, and purples. Dubbed the “Garden of Europe,” Keukenhof spans over 79 acres and showcases not only tulips but also other spring flowers in meticulously landscaped gardens. Visitors wander through winding paths, pausing to admire intricate floral displays, snap photographs amidst a sea of tulips, or simply bask in the tranquility of nature’s beauty.

Tulip Fields of the Netherlands

Beyond Keukenhof, the Dutch countryside is adorned with vast expanses of tulip fields, stretching as far as the eye can see. These fields, typically located in the provinces of North Holland, South Holland, and Flevoland, create a mesmerizing patchwork of colors, painting the landscape with vibrant stripes of red, orange, and yellow. Travelers can embark on scenic drives or bicycle tours, immersing themselves in the breathtaking beauty of these floral tapestries.

To celebrate the arrival of spring and the blooming of tulips, numerous festivals and events take place across the Netherlands. From parades adorned with elaborate tulip floats to markets brimming with bulb varieties, these festivities pay homage to the beloved flower and its cultural significance. Visitors can indulge in tulip-themed delicacies, participate in gardening workshops, or simply revel in the joyous atmosphere of these lively celebrations.

Our heartfelt gratitude extends to the filmmaker, Alec Rijks, who, as a native of the Netherlands, captures the essence of the tulip fields in a way only an insider could. Alec, we appreciate your role in transforming this vision into reality!

We also want to say thank you to Firma HC Damen and WAM Pennings for their warm hospitality and for sharing the process of their tulip farming. Your commitment to sustainability and beauty is truly inspiring. The work you do plays an essential role in keeping these fields as idyllic havens for generations to come.

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