Last October we had the pleasure to host a delegation and TV crew from Holland, Michigan. The city is famous for its Dutch heritage and of course the world’s oldest Tulip Festival, Tulip Time! We showed them the contemporary life of our family in the Netherlands, from school to sports, from shopping groceries to home cooking. Of course we had to dive into tulip history at the Hortus Botanicus and plant bulbs in the Keukenhof! We also made a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Hague Mayor Jan van Zanen and U.S. Ambassador Shefali Razdan Duggal . The visit will be aired in different segments on ‘Where you live’ by Maranda (Wood TV, ABC West Michigan).
For the second edition of the Immersion Garden at the world’s oldest tulip festival, Tulip Time in Holland, MI, IGMPR introduced the Delftware floral benches with patterns designed by Heinen Delfts Blauw and Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk. Another great addition were over 30 large interpretation displays with artwork visuals collected from museums all over the world, explaining the Journey of the Tulip – how it travelled from East to West – , and tulip art and culture in the Netherlands. During 8 days we received thousands of visitors each day and had sold-out weekends and rave reviews. We let the images and video’s speak for itself!
During a visit to the team of the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI, Ibo Gülsen gave an interview to Meredith Ter Haar of ABC Channel ’13 On your Side’ about our upcoming exhibition in May:
The latest edition of FloraCulture International, the magazine for the international ornamental horticulture industry, contains an interview with Mr Ibo Gülsen about his experience in Asia and his latest project in Myanmar.
Both Pieter Teisman and Ibo Gülsen visited the beautiful country of Myanmar on a regular basis in 2019 to prepare for the flower festival in the National Kandawgyi Gardens in Pyin Oo Lwin. “We were so astonished by the rich flower culture that Myanmar has in its daily life and arts, so we decided to dedicate the theme of the festival to the ‘Culture of Flowers’. The festival was held from December through January and attracted over 500.000 visitors in just 30 days.
You can read the full article here
In cooperation with the World Tulip Society, the Consulate of the Netherlands in Istanbul, and many others, we returned the original Istanbul tulip to its birthplace.
On May 6 Consul General Bart van Bolhuis presented the tulip to mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, who greatly appreciated the gift. The typical Istanbul tulip with its almond shape and pointy daggers, was cultivated in the 17th-18th century in the Ottoman gardens, and were described extensively in the Tulip Album of 1725. The earliest documented record in Europe of this tulip was in 1811, where the tulip arrived from the Orient and were planted in the royal gardens in Paris. Soon after it appeared in other places in Europe and was registered as tulipa cornuata and later acuminata. The acuminata is still grown on a very small scale by a specialised grower in the Netherlands, and its history was only known within a small community of garden and tulip connaisseurs. The event gained national attention in the media across Turkey.
Mr. Ibo Gülsen of IGMPR lead the project and worked closely with tulip specialists in Europe and Turkey to unravel the history of the Istanbul Tulip. Beautiful pictures of the tulip in the royal gardens were made with the support of Paleis Het Loo.
For the first time in 5 years IGMPR was not able to join the opening of the Tulip Festival in Dafeng Holland Flower Park, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Nevertheless we were glad our support in the preparations paid off with blooming tulips and activities. A special congratulatory speech was given by the Dutch Ambassador Wim Geerts and South-Holland’s Deputy vice-governor Adri Bom-Lemstra by video.
A report on the festival and the impact of COVID-19 on operations in the Dafeng Holland Flower Park was recently published by Flora Culture International.