You shouldn't tiptoe through the 30,000 tulips at the entrance garden of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show — but you can stop to smell all the Dutch flowers.
From a hanging field of tulips to a giant dome, the endless natural beauty of the Netherlands comes to the Philadelphia Flower Show with “Holland: Flowering the World” next month. All proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, the organization behind the annual Flower Show. Although the Dutch are known for their horticultural achievements at major flower shows in Europe, this is the first time their craft will be celebrated at a large flower show or festival in America.
“There have been trade wars over tulips — how silly can you get?” says Dutch Ambassador to the United States Henne Schuwer. “More than 75 percent of tulips come from the Netherlands. This is a very important part of our agriculture.”
Breathtaking fields of flowers are common in Holland. Think corn fields in in the Midwest, but more colorful. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Director of Shows and Events Sam Lemheney plans to bring that to life in the Pennsylvania Convention Center by suspending them from the ceiling.