The Netherlands is synonymous with the tulip, but you may be surprised to learn that the beloved flower is native to Central Asia and Türkiye.
For the next few weeks until May 21, the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay will pay tribute to the Turkish roots of the bloom with Tulipmania: Origins Of The Tulip.
It is the ninth edition of the Tulipmania festival, which began in 2013. The most recent iteration in 2021 focused on Kazakhstan, where tulips are thought to have first appeared millions of years ago.
Tulipmania 2023 was created in partnership with the Turkish Embassy and will showcase 54,000 tulip bulbs across 30 varieties.
They include the familiar crown-shaped and lily-flowered variants, as well as exotic species cultivated from tulip species originating in Türkiye, such as the Tulipa Acuminata, which is characterized by narrow, pointed petals that resemble a cupped hand.
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