|aerial photos: Ed Oudenaarden|
Holland produces about 90 percent of the world’s flower bulbs because of its ideal climate and soil conditions. The International Bloembollencentrum in Hillegom (near Amsterdam) does research on the industry and sets standards for growers. New hybrids are developed each year. New varieties are entered into the official catalogue only after much testing. There are currently about 10,000 registered varieties of tulips, but only about 500 of them well known.
In 2000, the Sogetsu Branch Nederlands organized a seminar and a Sogetsu Ikebana demonstration by master instructor Tetsunori Kawana to commemorate the 400 years of trading between the Netherlands and Japan. Anke Ma-Verhoeven presented a new species of a tulip named "Sogetsu.”
It is dark lavender with a hot pink base inside, growing to about 18" for a mid season bloom.