The 13th annual Tulip Show, held at Warsaw’s Wilanów Museum between 24-26 March 2023, brought a blaze of colour and a plethora of shapes and sizes.
True to tradition, the Wilanów Museum and Polish Association of Flower Bulb Growers’ annual event was two weeks before Easter. Visitors could view more than 4,500 locally grown tulips. The museum’s Orangery hosted a variety of tulip arrangements by Ms Karolina-Ladyzynska-Skrzypek and Ms Weronika Kwiatek. The latter will participate in EuroSkills, the European skills competition for young people up to 25 years which this year will be held in Gdansk in September.
The new deep purple, fringed Tulipa ‘Agata Kornhauser-Duda’, named after Poland’s First Lady, made its debut. Equally premiering at the show was Tulip ‘Rasta Parrot’.
A dozen of growers from across Poland displayed simple glass vases filled to the brim with tulips in a rainbow of colours, including yellow, white, orange, pink, purple, bicolours, and fringed cultivars. From the onset, the goal of Warsaw’s annual tulip event has been to promote and support Polish-grown tulips by putting the Tulipani Polskie brand in the limelight.
Warsaw’s tulip extravaganza was also a chance to learn more about highly advanced techniques of tulip forcing, which is done hydroponically and in crates.
The protected cut tulip production area in Poland (glasshouses and poly-roofed greenhouses) is approximately 55ha, with an annual output of 150-180 million stems.
The 17th-century museum in the former residence of King Jan III in Wilanów (Muzeum Pałacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie) provided a majestic setting. The palace is widely considered Poland’s most beautiful baroque masterpiece, a 30-minute drive from Warsaw’s city centre.
Photo credit: Agnieszka Murawska.