tulip

The Tulip in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands are famous for their cultivated tulips and is one of the most dominating countries in export of tulips and tulip bulbs. Traditionally, in spring, the Keukenhof in Lisse organises an exhibition of millions of tulips.  This is visited very well by mainly tourists.

Furthermore, busloads of tourists come to the Netherlands every year to see the tulip fields in bloom.  Most visited are the more traditional fields along the dunes of Zuid-Holland and the West- Frisian polders.

However, most tulips can be found in the Noordoostpolder, the Flevo polder and the Northern sand area (surroundings Breezand, Anna Paulowna and Julianadorp) .  Also on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee and in Eastern and Southern Flevoland tulip fields can be found.

In the village of Limmen (North-Holland), you find the Hortus Bulborum.  The biggest gene bank for bulbous plants.  In this garden there are more than 3.500 different kinds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other mostly historical spring bulbous plants.