Tulips have an incredibly interesting history! They actually originated in Central Asia and the people of Turkey were the first to take the wild tulip and begin growing the flower. They especially used the tulips for their medicinal properties such as relieving stings, rashes, and skin irritation.
Tulips became very popular in Europe when a biologist named Carols Clusius brought the flower to Hortus Botanicus (oldest botanical garden in Europe) at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. This was at te end of the 16th century and in the beginning of the 17th century, people began to growing tulips in their gardens.
Tulips were actually the most expensive flower in history around 1636. The flowers had grown so popular and many botanists had started creating hybrids of the flowers that were even more decorative. These hybrids became especially popular and expensive. For a few months tulip bulbs were so expensive that they could cost up to 10 times the average Netherlands salary! This period of incredibly high tulip pricing was called "Tulipmania" but it quickly ended when the price of bulbs crashed in 1637.
Tulips are still a very popular flower, although much less expensive. Holland exports tons of tulips a year—around three billion a year! It is also becoming a very popular attraction to visit and walk through vibrant and colourful tulip fields!
Check out these tulip crafts and activities below that are all great ways to celebrate Tulip Day on May 13th!
Water Color Tulip: