Where To See Tulips

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Make your travel arrangements now to Nelis’ Dutch Village and the charming city of Holland, Michigan in time for Tulip Time. Tulip Time 2022 will take place from May 7 through May 15, 2022. Many of the well-known events from previous years are expected to return this year.

The Holland, Michigan, Tulip Time celebration, which celebrates flowers and enjoyment, has drawn visitors from all over the world since 1929. Since the commencement of the festival, Nelis’ Dutch Village and the Nelis family farm before it have been honored to participate.

Holland, Michigan received tulips along with Dutch settlers. At a meeting of the Woman’s Literary Club in 1927, a biology teacher from Holland High School suggested holding a day festival. The concept gained popularity, and the city began selling bulbs to locals for one penny in 1928. This led to the first Tulip Time celebration in 1929. The Detroit News of 1933 reports that Nelis Tulip Farm was used to buy the tulip bulbs during these early years.

The beautiful tulip

Tulips are a spring-blooming flower that only blooms for about 3 to 4 weeks before being replaced by annuals. Many visitors to Nelis’ Dutch Village expect to see tulips there all year round.

Tulips historically came from the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) and were brought to the Netherlands by Dutch traders in the 16th century.

The blossoms grew so well-liked that garden break-ins and bulb thefts became frequent occurrences. A financial bubble known as “Tulip Mania” that occurred in the middle of the sixteenth century resembled the recent crashes of the tech and real estate markets.

Tulips at Nelis’ Dutch Village

Each year, we plant more than 30,000 bulbs in more than 100 different tulip types for Tulip Time. The park is covered in beds with tulips.

While you can see a few lovely tulips from the outside of the park, for a truly unforgettable experience, you need enter the park.

Nelis’ Dutch Village stays open later during Tulip Time to accommodate visitors. During this wonderful week, come early or stay late.

When to Visit

May 7–15, 2022, are Festival days. It starts on May 7 and lasts until May 15 on Sunday.

With the reintroduction of parades, klompen dancers, shows, and performances, Tulip Time 2022 plans to recreate the thrilling event of previous years.

The two busiest days of the festival are always the Saturdays. We strongly advise visiting during the week if you can because you will escape the vast majority of crowds. You will have the best opportunity to see and appreciate the festival’s beauty queen, The Tulip, during the week.

Best Tulip Locations

Right here in Dutch Village, you can find one of the best places to watch tulips. However, we are aware that you’ll want to check out the other stunning tulip displays in the area.

Tulip Time, in contrast to other festivals, takes place all across Holland, Michigan, not simply in a fair park in the city center. Holland’s roadways are lined with Tulip lanes for six kilometres. There are numerous locations where you can see the amazing blooms.

During Tulip Time, Windmill Island Gardens, Riverview Park, and Kollen Park all feature breathtaking tulip displays. These bigger parks feature impressive displays and are less crowded than Centennial Park or Tulip Lane downtown.

Another notable tulip attraction is Veldheer’s Tulip Farm, which is on US-31 north of Nelis’ Dutch Village.

Where can I see tulips at their best?

The Bollenstreek, or bulb district, is the greatest location to visit in the Netherlands if you want to enjoy the tulips.

Between Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem is a region known as The Bollenstreek. The cities of Lisse, Hillegom, Katwijk, Noordwijk, Noordwijkerhout, and Teylingen are located in this region, and the flower industry is thriving there.

The Dutch town of Lisse is where you can also locate the Keukenhof. Although it is commercial, I nevertheless urge you to visit at least once in your lifetime. The park is truly a tulip heaven with over 7 million tulips!

Go to the countryside between Hillegom and Warmond to find more tranquil spots. Amazing flower fields can be found there. Rainbow-patterned flower fields are waiting, ranging in color from blue to white or stunningly purple to orange.

In other words, if you don’t mind paying, go to the Keukenhof; if you can’t afford it, go to the fields nearby. You can be sure that you’ll see lots of those lovely tulips with either of these alternatives!

Where can I go for free to observe tulips?

Here are some more free tulip fields in the Netherlands for you to enjoy if you’re looking for more locations to take advantage of the tulip bounty.

Tulips in Amsterdam

It’s likely that if you’re visiting the Netherlands for the first time, you’ll end up in Amsterdam.

The city does grow tulips in designated areas in honor of its annual tulip festival, which is held during the entire month of April, even if there aren’t any enormous, “far as the eye can see fields of tulips running through the city (one could hope, right?).

With over 80 participating venues, your chances of finding a display or two are good, but you can get a complete list on the festival’s website by clicking here.

  • The Museum of Van Gogh
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Exhibit Van Loon
  • Vondelpark
  • The Tulip Museum of Amsterdam

PS: The renowned Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) is another great place to get your fill of tulips, however I must admit that I don’t particularly enjoy how touristy it is.

Cycling the The Flower Strip

The Flower Strip, a funny name they’ve given the highway from Haarlem to Leiden, is another option to enjoy free tulip fields in the Netherlands.

There are signposted routes that, according to what I’ve heard, are fairly foolproof that take you past all the vibrant tulip fields you’ve always imagined over this 35 kilometer stretch of level terrain.

Many choose to take this trip beginning in Haarlem, which is about 20 minutes by rail from Amsterdam, while taking the route only in part is also an option (see below).

The free tulip fields around Keukenhof and Lisse

Here’s another lazy option if you don’t feel like cycling the full Flower Strip.

There are many stunning, vast tulip fields nearby Keukenhof that are free for you to admire. You can take public transportation to Keukenhof, rent bikes there, and then set off on one of the four clearly indicated cycling paths to see various fields.

Remember not to cycle through the fields destroying everything in your path if you lose all sense of reason. Respect the boundaries, refrain from trespassing, and exercise caution when taking pictures.

Free Tulip Fields in Kop van Noord-Holland

The location of the largest flower bulb field in the world and where many residents allegedly choose to go tulip hunting on their own.

This beautiful region, which can be reached by train from Amsterdam and is located north of the city, is home to beaches, cute tiny towns (like everywhere else in the Netherlands), and lots of flowers.

Where can I find tulips?

The most widely recognized theory is that Oghier Ghislain de Busbecq, an ambassador for Emperor Ferdinand I to Suleyman the Magnificent, was the person who originally introduced the tulip to Northwestern Europe. He observed “a profusion of flowers everywhere; Narcissus, hyacinths, and those in Turkish named Lale, much to our surprise because it was practically midwinter, a season inhospitable to flowers,” according to a letter. [41] [42] However, a Conrad Gessner account from 1559 describes tulips blooming in Councillor Heinrich Herwart’s garden in Augsburg, Swabia. [43] Tulip bulbs must be dug out and replanted in the ground in Central and Northern Europe by September in order to survive the winter. [Reference needed] Busbecq probably couldn’t have gathered, transported, and replanted the tulip bulbs between March 1558 and Gessner’s description the following year. In 1565, Pietro Andrea Mattioli depicted a tulip, although he called it a narcissus.

Carolus Clusius, who planted tulips at the Vienna Imperial Botanical Gardens in 1573, is largely to blame for the spread of tulip bulbs in the latter years of the 16th century. In 1592, he completed his first comprehensive work on tulips and noted the color variations. In late 1593, he planted tulips in both his residential garden and the teaching garden at the newly formed Hortus Botanicus of Leiden University. Despite tales of tulip cultivation in private gardens in Antwerp and Amsterdam two or three decades earlier, 1594 is generally regarded as the year the tulip first flowered in the Netherlands. These tulips in Leiden will later inspire the Dutch tulip industry as well as the tulip mania. [44] More than a hundred bulbs were taken from his garden during the course of two raids in 1596 and 1598.

Tulips spread quickly throughout Europe, and by the early 17th century, more sumptuous kinds like double tulips were already well-known there. The Netherlands, France, Germany, and England in particular, where the spice trade with the East Indies had made many people wealthy, were among the countries where natural oddities were prized at the time, and these curiosities fit in well with that period. The exotic plant market was welcomed by nouveau riche displays in search of wealth, particularly in the Low Countries where gardens had become popular. In France, where a bulb mania quickly took hold, entire properties were traded for a single tulip bulb in the early 17th century. Profiting from the flower’s high value, which gave it a mystic air, a plethora of books describing variants in expensive garden manuals were created. In France, an export business was established, serving customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and England. Trade slowly migrated from the French to the Dutch. [45]

The enthusiasm for the new flowers in Holland between 1634 and 1637 sparked a speculative frenzy that is now known as the tulip craze and ultimately resulted in the market’s collapse three years later. The Dutch government had to impose trading limits on tulip bulbs because they had gotten so pricey that people were treating them as futures or even money. [45] The porcelain tulipiere was developed around this time to exhibit cut flowers stem by stem. In Dutch still-life paintings, vases and bouquets, which typically included tulips, were frequently depicted. Tulips are still linked to the Netherlands, and the cultivated varieties are frequently referred to as “Dutch tulips.” The Keukenhof in the Netherlands is home to the largest continuous display of tulips in the entire globe.

The taxon Tulipa gesneriana is where the majority of tulip varieties belong. They often come from a variety of species, but Tulipa suaveolens is where most of them have their direct ancestry (today often regarded as a synonym with Tulipa schrenkii). Conrad Gessner’s description of the Tulipa gesneriana in the 16th century is most likely not the same taxon today because it is an early hybrid with a complex provenance. [9]

At Blackland House, near Calne in Wiltshire, Polly Nicholson is the owner of the UK’s National Collection of English florists’ tulips and Dutch historic tulips, dating from the early 17th century to around 1960.


Where in the USA can I find tulips?

Visitors to Tulip Town are greeted by endless rows of tulips. Although entry to this attraction isn’t free, for a small cost, you may enjoy parking, meals, all the stores, a free trolley ride, and, of course, one of the best tulip fields in the USA!

You can enroll in the tulip workshop and learn how to make a beautiful arrangement of tulips if you have a little extra cash to spare.

It won’t take you all day to tour this tulip field in the United States, but if you want to get good photos, you should go right when the golden hour is about to start.

Where is the most well-known tulip garden?

The Dutch tulips are well-known worldwide. Visit Holland in April or May if you want to see the tulip fields in full bloom. The largest flower park in the world, Keukenhof, opens its doors during this time.

Every year, more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted at the Keukenhof park. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies, and many other flowers are shown in the gardens and four pavilions. A spectacle of hues and scents will overpower you.