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Viewing Tulips at the Tulip Festival in Holland MI

Aug 17, 2007
May 5 through May 12 2007 is Tulip Time in Holland MI. If you are a tulip lover, this is prime time. Tulips have a very short season, blooming from mid-April to mid-May. The Tulip festival in Holland MI is officially celebrated as a large Dutch ethnic event in the midwest United States. If you have ever desired to watch blooming tulips wave in the wind and unveil their silky petals, visit Holland, MI to see tulip after field in full bloom.

Depending on the Spring weather and the growing season, Holland Michigan tulips are ready to salute you as you arrive in town. In 2007, the tulip season appears to be unfolding on time. Through Tulip Time, the city of Holland has lined up tulip viewing, entertainment, events and ethnic celebrations for tulip lovers of all ages. Look for these places to view the tulips in Holland, MI.

Show Meadows of Authentic Festival Holland Tulips
When you leave US 31 and drive down River Street, you behold tulip flowers along eight miles of curbs that line the streets of Holland, MI. The festival boasts more than 5,000,000 tulips are blooming in parks, along streets and in local attractions. To get the most variety and color, start out by visiting the Veldheer Tulip Farm, just north of Holland. In 1945, the Veldheers started this extensive farm with 300 white tulips and 100 red tulips.

Now, millions of tulip bulbs blossom every Spring. Multiple gardens are organized throughout the grounds. Each one garden is thick with white tulips, yellow Big Smile, orange Apricot Dream, red Appeldorn, and literally dozens of other varieties and colors.

The Veldheer Tulip Farm displays peony tulips, triumph tulips, lily tulips, parrot tulips, Darwin Hybrid tulips, and specialty tulips. The grounds show white, pink and blue, hyacinths, white daffodils and narcissi. Each patch of flowers features a numbered stake that identifies the type of flower. You can match the flower number with a printed guide sheet and learn more about each variety of the flowers.

If you want to order Holland tulip bulbs, the Veldheers harvest them after the blooming season. As a visitor, you can order Holland tulip bulbs from the guide sheet. Tulip bulbs from the actual farm (not imported from Holland) are shipped the following September. The Veldheer Tulip Farm is located on Quincy Street, just off Highway US 31, about 3 miles north of Holland. Admission to the farm is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Another scenic place to discover tulips is Windmill Island. Windmill Island is located just off 7th Street and is home to the "De Zwaan" (graceful bird,) a 240 year-old working windmill from the Netherlands. During Spring, Windmill Island boasts 150,000 tulips; during summer and fall, the gardens offer colorful annuals.Windmill Island offers a shopping area, flags of European nations, historic architecture including the Posthouse museum (14th century replica of a wayside inn.

If you want some inspiring ideas for your own spot tulip gardens, make sure to wander through downtown Holland on 8th Street. There are many beautiful settings and plantings of tulip flowers. Then, drive along the eight miles of curbside tulips planted throughout the city. You may get inspired with your own ideas for your own tulip garden at home.

Make your Spring a joyful one; visit Tulip Time, the tulip festival in Holland MI.
About the Author
Dave Pipitone loves Spring time and the tulip season. For more information about tulip gardens, visit http://www.tulipreview.com.
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