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WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 – There’s nothing that says springtime more than a tulip festival, and there are at least a dozen from which to choose.

May is a great time to see the flowers in full bloom.

The biggest tulip fest in the world (!) is the Canadian Tulip Festival.

During this year’s 61st anniversary edition, some one million tulips in more than 50 varieties will bring a kaleidoscope of color throughout the National Capital Region May 3-20, 2013. The highest concentration tulips – some 300,000, can be found in Commissioners Park.

The first one was held in 1953 as a Board of Trade initiative, under the inspiration of the internationally renowned photographer Malak Karsh.

Down in the States, the best known fest is Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. Their claim is 6 million tulips, which the organizers fervently hope will be in full bloom May 4-11, 2013.

Other notable tulip festivals include the Albany Tulip Festival in New York State (May 11-12) and Orange City Tulip Festival in Iowa (May 16-18).

However, the tulip festival all flower-lovers have on their bucket lists is the one in the Netherlands. The Keukenhof International Flower Exhibition in Lisse, Holland, is a floral adventure no gardener should miss.

Tulips are, of course, the stars, but there’s every kind of bulb flower on display, including crocus and amaryllis. It’s open now through May 20, 2013.

Closer to home Longwood Gardens Spring Blooms Event features an eye-popping display of tulips as well as daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees and more.

Walk through Longwood’s Flower Garden display of over 100,000 bulbs that bloom in a kaleidosope of colors.


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