Meet the tulips

There once was a flower that was unable to settle down anywhere. From the mountains in Kazakhstan, the flower bulb wandered about in Persia, China and Turkey. Until a Dutch scientists took the bulb with him to a small European country. There the flower enjoyed the climate and the soil, and the inhabitants immediately fell in love with the flower and soon designated it a national symbol. It all sounds like a fairy tale, but this is the true story of the tulip. 

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Worth a visit: Holland's botanical gardens

Since the 17th century, tulips have been transforming the Dutch landscape into a colourful tapestry every spring. A large part of these – some 1.5 million tulips – wind up in gardens and vases the world over via Dutch auctions.