Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tulips have a fascinating history

The arrival of tulips in the flower boxes on the White Rock symbolize spring.

Though we tend to associate this flower with Holland, the tulip gets its name from the Turkish word for turban, or the gauze used to fashion it.  Tulips were brought to Europe from Anatolia and Iran in the 16th century. In Turkish legend, red tulips symbolize perfect love. They are also emblematic of Turkey.

Locally, tulips are the subject of a festival that will take place next month in Agassiz, a small farming community famed for tulip culture.

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