What makes a visit to a bulb farm in Holland special?

Inside the
Inside “De Tulperij” bulb farm in Voorhout, The Netherlands.

This weekend we visited a traditional bulb farm which belongs to friends of us. They live in Voorhout and run their business under the name ‘de Tulperij’. The farm is an original tulip and daffodile bulb farm which exists for 3 generations of bulb farmers. The company called Adr. Jansze & Zn. dates from 1927. After running this business for so long, the owner, farmer Daan, decided to start giving tours to tourists. If you are visiting Holland and the Keukenhof, your next stop must be de Tulperij. It’s open during tulip season from March until end of May. You can stop by any moment, 7 days a week during the season. A warm cup of coffee or tea will be served, and you can even buy stroopwafels, bulbs and pieces of art.

What makes a visit to the bulb farm special?

Me and my son Alexander in the middle of pink tulips.
Me and my son Alexander in the middle of pink tulips.

You will get a very warm welcome from the owners in their farm. They will show you around the farm, give a tour and you can pose in the middle of the tulip fields. This is what it makes the visit so special. Tourists from all over the world have been posing in their bulb fields. One lady even had to cry, because she was overwhelmed by the experience being in the middle of so many blooming tulips. A short movie about growing tulips can also be seen at the bulb farm. The film has subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.

The Rembrandt tulip

Rembrandt tulip named after the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt tulip named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn

The Rembrandt tulip (image at the right) is named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. During the Tulpomania these tulips were the most expensive and most wanted tulips due to the colors in the petals. Rembrandt was a painter in that period, but he never painted tulips. The species of tulips sold in the 17th century have almost vanished but nowadays beautiful species are grown which have the same charisma and spectacular colors as the ancient tulips.

Where to go?

De Tulperij, Oude Herenweg 16B, 2215 RZ Voorhout, www.detulperij.nl.

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