The Metropolitan Museum of Art LogoEmail

Type the CAPTCHA word:

Eight Hundred Varieties of Tulip

Gwen Roginsky, Associate Publisher and General Manager, Editorial Department

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands

Tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands

«There are tulips everywhere, so we must be in Holland. After a lecture and visit to the Keukenhof Gardens—which are only open eight weeks each year and boast over seven million bulbs and eight hundred varieties of tulip—I can understand how "tulipmania" developed. With so many magnificent tulips, each one more beautiful than the next, it was impossible to pick a favorite. Striped, solid, tall, flat, ruffled, giant, and colors from white to dark purple. View the photos below and see if you can choose a favorite, since I can't.»

Tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands

Tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands


  • Laura Grosch says:

    Anna Pavord, the author of "The Tulip: The Story of a Flower that has Made Men Mad" ISBN 1- 58234-013-7, published by Bloomsbury, 1999. Distributed to the trade by St. Martin's Press gave 2 stellar lectures: the first on the tulip, the second on the first botanical illustrations. She is the world authority on the tulip and was the reason we decided to come on this tour. If you just flip through a copy of TULIP you will be amazed.

    Anna Pavord was not mentioned in the Travel with the Met Survey. She has published 6 other books including "The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants " In Antwerp she lent her scholarship to our understanding of the riches of the Plantin-Moretus House, the 16th century home of the great printing family- only Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press is in front of their achievements.

    Trevor Ware, Anna Pavord's partner also contributed his wit and intellectual understanding.

    Posted: May 29, 2014, 4:48 p.m.

Post a Comment

We welcome your participation! Please note that while lively discussion and strong opinions are encouraged, the Museum reserves the right to delete comments that it deems inappropriate for any reason. Comments are moderated and publication times may vary.

*Required fields

Follow This Blog: Subscribe

About the Author

Gwen Roginsky is the associate publisher and general manager of the Editorial Department.

About this Blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our Travel with the Met trips.