Tulips van Holland (Keukenhof)

“The Tulip was originally a wildflower growing in Central Asia and were first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1,000 AD. The flowers were introduced in western Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century by Carolus Clusius, a famous biologist from Vienna. In the 1590’s he became the director of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, the oldest botanical garden of Europe, founded in 1587. He was hired by the University of Leiden to research medicinal plants and while doing so he got some bulbs from Turkey from his friend Ogier Ghislain de Busbecq, the ambassador of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). He had seen the beautiful flower, called tulip after the Turkish word for turban, grow in the palace gardens and sent a few to Clusius for his garden in Leiden. He planted them and this was the start of the amazing bulb fields we can see today” (Kokachi.com).

Tulips or Tulipa (scientific name) is one of the most beautiful flower in the world (my dictionary) behind lilies and roses. I am not a big fan of a flower. I have had a bad experience as a gardener. Most of the flower that I have end up died and finally I only had a flower without flower (leaves only).

Yesterday, I have visited the most famous tulips garden or farm in the world (even though I am sure 100% yet). Together with Indonesian Student Association in Wageningen and some others international participant we arrived at Keukenhof tulips garden around 1 pm. It was a great pleasure to spend time together. But it was not a great moment though because it was really crowded. Like a group of ant that gathered to have some sugars.

Keukenhof is the world famous tulips garden in the Netherlands. Keukenhof is open on April-May every year. Prepared tulips garden is not an easy A. I pointed out that at least 8 steps to have gorgeous tulips from preparation until you can watch them to sprout in the spring. It took more than eight months until tulips. I have attached some pictures below.

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