that the word “Turban” in Latin would eventually turn into “Tulipa?” I guess tulips do resemble turbans in a way…
and that makes sense, seeing as how it was the Turks who cultivated the tulip
bulb in the first place. The mountainous
regions of central
tulips today. The Dutch didn’t get a
firm hold on the tulip until 1593 when they were discovered growing in
encountered any frustration during his experiments with them, before he
realized that these perennials only pop out of the ground once a year…
Seriously, did his experimental garden finally “explode” with tulips one April
after he’d given up the summer before?
pretty, and even though they were fairly regularly cultivated in
wealthy could afford them. Each bulb
cost the equivalent of $1,500 in today’s money!
Fast forward to modern times and not long ago, you could buy them for a penny each in
that is! If you want to see lots of them
(and by “lots” I mean several million of them) in bloom, head to
but you better hurry!
Dates: May 2 – 9, 2009
Closest Big Cities:
Star of the show: Tulips!
Events: Carnival-Midway, 2 Million Tulips
in bloom, All kinds of music at Tulipalooza, “Tip-toe through the Tulips” fun
Pageantry: Town Cryer competition
Duration: Eight Days
History: The Tulip Festival was born out
of a “Woman’s Literary Club” meeting in 1927.
Miss Lida Rogers (a biology teacher) suggested that
official flower and furthermore, they should have a festival to celebrate
them. The following year, 100,000 tulips
were purchased from
planted in almost every square inch of city park and land they could find.
has a population of about 35,000 people.
Their humble Tulip festival boasts an excess of 500,000 attendees and
was voted the “Best Small Town Festival in
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