The official start op tulip season in the Netherlands is this saturday, January 16th in Amsterdam. The event is organised by Dutch tulip growers who build a special tulip picking garden on Dam Square. Anyone can come to pick free tulips here for one day. This festive event sets of tulip season because about 1.7 billion Dutch tulips are expected to bring spring into homes around the world.
Kick off Tulip season
Tulip season is inaugurated officially on National Tulip Day. Tulip season is the period from January until the end of April in which most tulip varieties are available from florists, supermarkets and flower stands. Don’t miss the chance to pick your own free tulips if you are in the Netherlands. Be sure to come in time, Dam Square will be filled with people wanting to get their free tulips!
National Tulip Day 2015
Watch this time lapse to see an impression of National Tulip Day at Dam Square in 2015.
Tulip events in and around Amsterdam
Keukenhof 24 March – 16 May 2016
Each spring, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive with blooming flowers in every colour of the rainbow. Visit the the world’s largest flower gardens. This years theme is ‘The Golden Age’.
Hortus botanicus Leiden
After a visit to Keukenhof Gardens you should visit the historical town Leiden and discover the botanic garden of Leiden University that has been there since 1590. Hortus botanicus Leiden, the oldest botanic garden of Western Europe. The love for tulips started here when Carolus Clusius introduced the tulip bulb in the Netherlands.
Tulp Festival 2016 Amsterdam 1 – 30 April 2016
Tulp Festival wants to bring back the tulip in the city streets with the aim to eventually plant one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. Around 800.000 tulips are planted throughout the city.
Traditional Bulb Farm 18 March – 16 May
Visit a tradiotional Bulb Farm in Voorhout (about 10 min from Keukenhof), get a tour through the farm and take your picture in the middle of the bulb fields. An amazing experience! We visited the farm last season, read about it in my blogpost.
Windmill and tulips in Keukenhof Garden