I visited the very popular Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Silvan today. It has become a huge local tourist attraction drawing visitors into the region from all over Victoria. I can understand why the Dutch fell in love with Tulips in the 16th Century with their perfect form and amazing colour;,
Did you know that Tulip's did not orginate in Holland? In the 1500's Tulips became highly cultivated blooms and were a symbol of wealth and prestige in Turkey despite not having the amazing colour range we enjoy today. Their popularity spread throughout Europe, but it was the Dutch who are now famous for their Tulips.
There are over a million spring flowering bulbs on show, including over half a million Tulips. The spectacular flower displays run the length of the Tulip farm. The Tulips are undoubtedly the star of the show but there was so much more with traditional clog dancers, live entertainment, market stalls and a range of delicious food.
I love how the Tulips became translucent with the glorious Spring sun shining through them. It was a wonderland of colour for children and adults alike. The Tulip festival runs for 27 days from 11th September to 7th October 2015 and is an annual event at the Tresselaar Tulip Farm.