If you love all things beautiful, then you’re in for a treat. Celebrate spring the right way by witnessing a stunning array of tulips at Gardens by the Bay. Tulips also love spring – that’s the season where they naturally bloom. It’s a good thing they are coming to Singapore, then, as the country’s weather resembles constant springtime, all year round. So, ready to see these beautiful booms in the most striking display ever? Then keep reading to learn all about Tulipmania – an event that’s bound to take your breath away.
A little bit about tulips
While when we think about tulips the Netherlands straight away come to mind, these precious flowers did not originate in the Low Countries. They actually first became popular during the Ottoman Empire in modern Turkey, when Sultan Suleiman I, who reigned until 1566, took great pride in cultivating these blooms. Around 200 years later, tulips were considered the symbol of wealth and prestige. The flowers were guarded, and there were rules that prohibit anyone from buying or selling tulips outside the capital.
Eventually, in the second half of the 16th century, tulips made their way to Prague, and then the Netherlands. They became a bit of a hobby for rich people to cultivate, and the general population became obsessed with the flowers. And as it happened with migration, wherever the Dutch migrated to, they took blooms with them. That’s why nowadays, tulips can be found almost everywhere in the world.
The beauty and uniqueness of the tulip are probably why the flower is so sought-after. Over the year, tulips have gained symbolism and meaning – yellow blooms are considered cheerful, while red ones symbolise love. See our range of tulips, here.
Be inspired by these five things you may not know about Tulipmania:
1. What’s Tulipmania?
Tulipmania is a floral display that’ll run from April 13 until May 13, 2018. Usually held at the Flower Dome of Gardens at the Bay, visitors can see the exhibition all day long if they so wish.
2. Where are the tulips from?
Usually, the tulips are flown fully grown straight in from the Netherlands. While delicate, these flowers can last up to eight to 12 days after blooming.
3. How many tulips?
In previous editions of Tulipmania, around 110,000 tulips have been features – making a whole rainbow of striking colours. A huge array of varieties comprise the display as well, with around 60 different varieties featured.
4. What are the most popular varieties?
Triumph tulip: The Triumph tulip is probably the most common type of tulip there is – as its qualities make it the best variety for vase life. Firstly, it has a quite sturdy stem, and it can stand tall even under unfavourable weather conditions. Additionally, they also live longer than any other tulip variety. The Triumph is obtained by crossing late and early blooming tulips.
Parrot tulip: Due to a genetic mutation, the Parrot Tulip has curled and fringed petals –and gets its name from its petals, which resemble parrot feathers. In addition, just like parrots, most of these tulips have vivid colours; many are actually multi-coloured. The Parrot Tulip is a very large bloom, which makes them quite resistant to storms.
Fringed tulip: The Fringed tulip gets its name from its frayed edges – caused by a genetic mutation. These fringes can be of a different colour to the rest of the flowers, which make this variety a quite different and striking one. You can find the Fringed tulip in two distinctive sub-varieties: the Tulipa Cuban Night and the Tulipa Oviedo. While the first one has purplish-black flowers, the latter is light purple with contrasting white fringes.
Double Petal tulip: While most tulips have six petals, the number of petals of Double Petal tulips is usually more than six, and it can differ from sub-variety to sub-variety. Some of these to look out for if you decide to go to Tulipmania are the Tulipa Monte Carlo, which is a scented, bright yellow bloom with red streaks; and the Peony-flowered tulips – a beautiful sub-variety that due to its abundance of petals looks a lot like a peony.
5. How much is the entrance fee at Tulipmania?
Admission prices for local residents are around $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children, for only one conservatory. If, however, you were in the mood for visiting both conservatories, adults pay $20, kids $12 and seniors $15. For tourists, admission tickets were $28 for adults and $15 for kids, for both conservatories.
Love flowers? (Of course you do – who doesn’t like flowers?) Well, take your love of flowers to the next level with a visit to the magnificents, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Tulipmania – where more than 100,000 tulips, brought straight from the Netherlands, are on display at Gardens by the Bay. Featuring more than 60 varieties, enjoy something truly mesmerising and breathtaking with a visit to Tulipmania.