Tulip Festival in Holland MI

If you love tulips, late April and early May is your time. The first week of May is prime time for Tulip festival in Holland MI. In fact, that week is Tulip Time which is the official celebration of one of the largest the Dutch heritage in the midwestern United States. If you have never attended this event, you can see some wonderful Tulip fields in full bloom.

Every Holland Michigan tulip is on display, depending on the weather and growing season. After a challenging, cold winter we are looking forward to the 2016 growing season. The Holland tulip festival is on track for May 3- May 10, 2016. The city of Holland has lined up a variety of entertainment, events and ethnic celebrations for families and tulip lovers. Here are a few highlights planned for 2016

Festival Holland Tulip Viewing

The Holland, MI area boasts more than 5,000,000 tulips on display throughout the city’s parks, attractions and local residences. You can visit the Veldheer Tulip Farm which plants millions of tulip bulbs every fall and features numerous gardens thick with yellow Big Smile, orange Apricot Dream, red Appeldorn, and literally dozens of other varieties and colors. The tulip farm began in 1945 with 100 red tulips and 300 white tulips.

Today, the farm has displays of Darwin Hybrid tulips, lily tulips, parrot tulips, peony (double) tulips, Triumph tulips and specialty tulips. The gardens also feature white, pink and blue hyacinths, daffodils and narcissi. Each patch is labeled with a numbered stake and visitors can match the number with a printed guide sheet to learn the name, colors and growing statistics of the tulip flowers. Visitors can order Holland tulip bulbs from the guidesheet, which are shipped the following September. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. The Veldheer Tulip Farm is located on Quincy Street, just off Highway US 31, about 3 miles north of Holland.

Another place to view tulips during Tulip Time is Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan. Dutch Village is a family place with building, authentic Dutch food, Delftware, working street organs, a wooden Shoe Factory, bell tower and lots of attractions for children and adults. Dutch Village offers a quaint setting that has buildings modeled after 1800’s Netherlands cottage architecture . There are several, smaller patches of tulips that are spread throughout the Village and identified by numbered stakes so that visitors know what the tulips are. Dutch Village is on US 31 on the northern edge of Holland. Admission for adults is 10; $5 for children.

A third scenic spot to view tulips during the Holland Tulip Festival is Windmill Island. Located just off 7th Street, Windmill Island offers a shopping area, historic architecture including the Posthouse museum (14th century replica of a wayside inn. Windmill Island is the home of De Zwaan, a 240 year-old working windmill from the Netherlands. The space offers 150,000 tulips during spring and annuals during the summer.

Lastly, there are scenic plantings of tulips on 8th Street in downtown Holland and eight miles of curbside tulips planted throughout the city so that you can tour the city and view the tulips.

If you have the time to visit the tulip festival in Holland MI, your celebration of Spring 2016 will be a joyful one.

Overview of Holland Tulip and Festivals

The Holland tulip has been admired for centuries. Many festivals in the United States and around the world celebrate a contemporary version of Tulip Mania, the time when tulips, especially rare ones, were in high demand.

Two of the most popular tulip festivals attended every year include the Holland Tulip festival in Holland, Michigan, and the Skagit Valley Tulip festival in Washington. Both places feature rows and many a tulip field of different varieties of tulips, most of which either have grown in Holland, or have originated from Holland. Both these events take place in spring of every year (See article on this site entitled “Tulip Festival Overview” for more information.)

When you visit different festivals that feature different types of Holland tulips you can find ways to decorate your enormous estate garden or small front yard tulip mount. Likewise, you can see at these festivals first hand how the pros develop eye-catching gardens as well as grow plump saleable tulips. Featured at these festivals are both single and double bloom tulips and other varieties as well, such as the parrot-style tulip or the fringed tulip.

Each festival is most likely subject to change for the better from year to year, and will continue to represent Dutch culture and tulip farming. Not only can you view examples of live tulips, grown in a garden or sold fresh to customers, you can also take in the beauty of classic and contemporary tulip art.

For many centuries, tulips have become one favorite subject of famous painters. You can appreciate the beauty of these find paintings, and perhaps find a new peace to add to your living room.

The reason why the Holland tulip festivals (tulip festivals representing Dutch culture) are so popular is because since the middle of the 16th Century to the beginning of the 17th Century tulips became symbol of high society. During this time which was called Tulip Mania some buyers bid as high as $150,000,000 in today’s money, (13,000 florins), for one bulb.

One flower that was sold for 6,000 florins is called the Simper Augustus tulip, which was represented by an anonymous painting. This well-sought after flower contains a rich burgundy color with white lion like, vertical stripes running through it.

You have quite a bit to look forward each Spring. In the United States you can visit the Tulip Festival in Holland MI. You will be glad you took the chance to attend one of these. These events usually take place in the spring of every year.

Tulip Festivals in the United States

A tulip festival is a celebration of the growth of tulips, and a chance for those who appreciate the beauty of tulips to see miles and miles of them close up. Tulip festivals exist all over the world, and even in the United States. For example, you can attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival located 60 miles North of Seattle, Washington in the United States and 60 miles South of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. This event takes place for approximately one month out of the year from the beginning of April to the end of April.

Those who attend the above mentioned state of Washington tulip event will tour miles of various varieties of Holland tulip varieties. Drivers can travel down I-5 and turn on one of exits numbered 221-236. At nearby businesses you can find tulip brochures to guide you through your journey of the Skagit Valley. Those who want to tour the tulip fields can also do so by helicopter. This even usually takes place at the beginning of the April tulip festival, and costs $50.00 per person. The 2006 festival is over, but it is never too early to plan for the 2007 season. Those who want to attend can receive notice about the festival starting January 2007.

Another festival that Holland tulip lovers can enjoy is the one the Tulip Time Festival that takes place in Holland, Michigan every single year. The 2007 festival lasts from May 5 to May 12. More than 6 million tulips bloom during this time, as this city celebrates its Dutch Heritage. This annual event displayed many types of Holland tulips for the first time in 1930. In this city tulips are planted along streets, in parks, and outside municipal buildings. Famous Holland tulip varieties are also displayed in famous attractions such as Dutch Village, Windmill Island, and Veldheer Tulip Gardens.

Another city of the United States that holds a spring tulip festival every year is Orange City, Iowa. Usually their celebration is held in the third weekend in May. They have flower shows, and gardens which display different kinds of tulips. The Vander Wel Test Tulip Test Garden opens for tours to view, and so is the Century Home, which is also surrounded by tulip beds. Other cities in the U.S. that hold tulip gardens include Albany, New York, Woodburn, Oregon, and Pella, Iowa.

Tulip festivals also exist in other parts of the world as well, such as in Ottawa, Canada. Tulips, an unofficial emblem of Holland have made their way into every country of the world, and have done so for at least a few centuries. For example, Holland tulip species were introduced to England in as early as the 17th Century. Those who enjoy tulip varieties of all kinds will enjoy seeing rows and rows of them at the various festivals mentioned in this article.