A World of Tulips

By Nicole Tarnowsky

May 1 2020

Tulip bulbs that have been tucked safely underground all winter are springing up! See video of tulips blooming at the Garden right now.

Although we are familiar with tulips being developed in Amsterdam, they are actually native to southeastern Europe through Central Asia, and are known to be cultivated as far back as 1055 in the Ottoman Empire. They were not introduced to western gardens until the 16th century.

Here are a variety of tulips—cultivated in gardens, naturalized along roads, and collected in their native habitats.