photo: Birgit Reynders
The tulip first appeared in Western Europe through Antwerp’s port 450 years ago. Antwerp will host the the 5th World Tulip Summit biennial celebration next September alongside the Dutch town of Venlo. The Summit is focused on spreading knowledge, promoting tulip events and celebrating the flower as a symbol of friendship and peace.
2012 is an important year for Antwerp. It was 450 years ago that the first tulip bulbs traveled along the silk routes from China via Constantinople to arrive in Western Europe via the harbour of Antwerp – more than 30 years before the first tulips arrived in Amsterdam. The name ‘Tulipa’ is given to the flower by the Flemish scientist and botanist: Carolus Clusius. The world famous printer – Christoffel Plantijn – published the very first books with printed images of tulips and soon the unknown flower was spread all over Europe.
We've been working with tulips over the past weeks and gathering experience and appreciation for this remarkable bloom.
Birgit supplied this completely amazing close up of a tulip for our first
"Complete flowers" contain the four major components of the flower: the stamen, pistil, petal and sepal. The stamen and pistil are the "male" and "female" parts of the flower that allow the flower to reproduce. Flowers with functional stamens and pistils are considered "perfect" flowers. All complete flowers are considered "perfect." We think tulips are perfect, too.