Last fall, volunteers gathered to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden. Now their efforts have paid off.
Though many think of the Dutch when they discuss tulips, tulips are actually native to Turkey. Tulips are the national flower of the Republic of Turkey with a history going back to its Ottoman roots.
Many cultivated varieties of tulips were widely grown in Turkey long before they were brought to Holland from Turkey In the 16th Century.
The time between 1718-1730 is called the "Tulip Era of Turkey". It was under the reign of sultan Ahmed III and tulips became an important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life during this peaceful time.
The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word "tulbend" or "turban", which the flower resembles. It's considered as the King of Bulbs.
If you can't visit the Turkish Cultural Garden in person, enjoy these photos.
Tulips in the Turkish Cultural GardenSee the volunteers planting the tulips last fall
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