30,000 Tulips in full bloom in Powerscourt

At this year’s Annual Tulip Display at Powerscourt Gardens over 30,000 tulips will be in bloom this, is the largest Tulip display ever to be seen at the gardens. It is also the largest display of tulips within any herbaceous border in Ireland. The tulips are nearing their full colour over this weekend but will remain in bloom until the middle of May. Displays of tulips are located throughout the walled gardens and the Herbaceous Border.

This year at the Tulip Display there is a record 51 varieties of tulips replicated every 5 metres over 120 metres in an explosion of pastel shades – pink, lilac, purple, yellow, peach and white which look dreamlike in the spring sunlight. These include Triumph, Single and Double Earlies, Single and Double Lates, Darwin Hybrids, Lily Flowering, Parrot, Fringed, Botanical etc.

New varieties will open every few days over the next few weeks into mid-May with a unique variety of ‘black’ tulips still to bloom!

Tulips are a fascinating flower and although they do not have any scent, they have captured the imagination and hearts of everyone and are recognised as a flower of spring. They also symbolise deep love and have an amazing rich history.

During the 17th century the world was even gripped by “Tulipmania” when tulips were sold for up to €100 per bulb and the tiger stripe tulips were also greatly prized. However, one tulip which had the tiger stripes was estimated to be sold for 750,000 dollars at the height of “Tulipmania”.

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