On Saturday morning, 21 January 2017, tulip growers will create the ‘Dutch Design garden' using 200,000 tulips on Dam Square in Amsterdam. From 13:00 hour consumers are welcome to pick a bunch of tulips to take home for free.
The 'pick-your-own celebration' on Dam Square marks the official opening of the tulip season in 2017. The 500 tulip forcing nurseries associated with the Netherlands Tulip Promotion Foundation (and member of Royal FloraHolland) provide the tulips. Along with these growers, auction staff help to ensure that the pick-your-own tulip celebration runs smoothly. Last year the party was a great success; there was an enormous crowd of enthusiastic consumers.
Together we make the world a bit more beautiful again this year on Tulip Day.
National Tulip Day
Tulip Day has existed since 2012. Every year on the third Saturday in January, we celebrate the start of the new cut tulip season. Until the end of April 2017 (about 100 days) the Dutch tulip is available everywhere in over 1,000 different varieties. From bright yellow to dark purple, from lily-shaped to fringed, and from two-toned to double-bloomed. Tulip Day is an initiative of Dutch tulip growers. Together with family, friends and volunteers, they lay out the pick-your-own garden.
Special events throughout the Netherlands
If you cannot make it to Amsterdam, don't worry! The start of the new tulip season is celebrated throughout the Netherlands and not just on Dam Square. Many florists are organising the National Tulip Weeks from 21 January 2017, with special events being planned.