Hortus Bulborum, Limmen met op achtergrond Protestantse Kerk - Hortus Bulborum with Parish Church , Limmen, The Netherlands

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The Hortus Bulborum, established in 1928 Treasury of historical bulbs

The Hortus Bulborum is the only museum garden in the world where you can find over 4,000 different tulip, hyacinth, daffodil and other bulbous cultivars, species and varieties in bloom. Nowhere on this globe you will find such a fine selection of old bulbs in one place. Every spring the Hortus transforms into a treasure trove full of dazzling colours, beautiful shapes and overwhelming fragrances at the foot of the picturesque, parish church in Limmen village, near the historic city of Alkmaar.

The collection boasts tulips dating from 1595, the famous ‘Duc van Tol Red and Yellow’; the oldest known cultivar and dozens of other cultivars which were prizes possession as far as back as the Golden Age. But also 17th century daffodils. The most antique daffodils are said to come from around 1601, like ‘Double Campernelle’ and ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’. Though the Narcissus pseudonarcissus, also known as the 'Lent Lilly', was already found in English gardens in the 1200s. While the oldest fritillary was already described for the first time in 1577, Fritillaria imperialis ‘Prolifera’. And what to think of fragrant double-flowered hyacinths from the 1800s and crocuses.

Fundamental in this garden, however, is the preservation of heirloom bulbs. Many of them have no commercial value for modern mass production whatsoever. The aim is to maintain these cultivars and safeguard them for the future generations. The preservation work of the Hortus Bulborum goes hand in hand with the work of the professional growers to obtain better cultivars for today’s needs. The collection is a second to none pollen bank in the world to the bulb growing sector.

The current collection contains over 2,600 cultivars of tulips (species and varieties), some 130 hyacinths, around 1,100 daffodils, some 110 crocuses and a few dozen of fritillaries. From: www.hortus-bulborum.nl

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janny on February 16, 2013

Merci * koudiac * pour aimer cette photo. Amités, Janny.

Alireza Javaheri on February 19, 2013

  • Beautiful Photo & Excellent shot & Nice view
  • * L I K E * - Greetings - A-J
janny on February 20, 2013

Thank you very much Alireza for your visit and for your "Like". Best regards, Janny.

Tjeert.Mensinga © on March 15, 2013

Wat een heerlijk mengsel van prachtige bonte kleuren Janny prachtige foto! YSL! groetjes! Tjeert

janny on March 18, 2013

Dankjewel Tjeert voor je fijne compliment en voor je YSL. Het is te hopen, dat deze hortus dit jaar weer zo'n fleurig aanzien gaat bieden. Dat kunnen we zo langzamerhand wél gebruiken! Groetjes, Janny.

蒂芙尼.林 on September 12, 2013

hello. janny

very impressive capture and nice on colour
<<<marvelous photograph!!!>>>

YS:4 + LIKE:11

congratulation and have a nice day for you

best regards from Tiffany Liem

janny on September 17, 2013

Thank you so much Tiffany Liem for your nice compliments and for your YS and L. All the best, Janny.

Ada Beerthuizen on January 28, 2014

Wat een prachtig kleurenpalet. LIKE. Groet, Ada

janny on February 3, 2014

Dank voor je Like Ada. Het leuke aan deze museumtuin zijn al die bedden met verschillend gekleurde bollensoorten. Hier kun je je echt uitleven. Groet, Janny.

Very nice picture and nice colorful carpet of flowers. L 13. TFE. Best regards, Paolo

janny on August 7

I appreciate very much you liking this picture Paolo, thanks a lot. Greetings Janny.

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