Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan with Two Dutchmen

For David’s birthday this past Thursday, David, his (Amsterdam born and raised) dad and I set out for a much anticipated day trip to Holland, Michigan’s “Tulip Time” festival. The day actually began with a third Dutchman, author and Lyme activist Huib Kraaijeveld, who had sent me a complimentary print copy of his fabulous new book, “Shifting the Lyme Paradigm: The caretakers’ guide on a hero’s journey.” The book arrived registered mail, so we stopped at the post office on our way out of town. David’s dad had been to Holland, MI in 1998, and David and I had never been there. Not knowing what to expect, we found the entire day filled with surprising delights, including the first parade I’ve enjoyed in decades. You’ll notice an improvement in the usual quality of posted photos, because David took all of these except for the one with both of us. (His dad took that.) I hope you enjoy this “oud wereld” excursion as much as we did:

Not surprisingly, Tulip Time included lots of tulips -- all over town, of all shapes and sizes.

Not surprisingly, Tulip Time included lots of tulips — all over town, of all shapes and sizes.

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All the children in Dutch costumes were adorable!

All the children in Dutch costumes were adorable!

This little girl loved posing for tourists. She had such a sunny personality and brightened everyone's day.

This little girl loved posing for tourists. She had such a sunny personality and brightened everyone’s day.

History of the Dutch in Michigan

History of the Dutch in Michigan

I wore orange for the

I wore orange for the “House of Orange” and my two Dutchmen’s favorite color, but little did I know I’d match so many tulips.

Flower Faery

Flower Faery

As mentioned, I actually enjoyed the parade with its many creative costumes and touches of whimsy.

As mentioned, I actually enjoyed the parade with its many creative costumes and touches of whimsy.

These

These “Dutch Masters” had flowers for palette colors.

The children reenacted Van Gogh's

The children reenacted Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting, as well as “Starry Night” and other famous Dutch paintings and stories.

After the parade, we went to the charming

After the parade, we went to the charming “Windmill Island,” because what’s Holland without windmills? This one focuses on sustainability and is a real, transported historic windmill from Holland.

Another view on Windmill Island.

Another view on Windmill Island.

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Apparently, David and I both dressed for the occasion.

Apparently, David and I both dressed for the occasion.

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Those without a green thumb can at least grow wooden tulips to go with their wooden shoes.

Those without a green thumb can at least grow wooden tulips to go with their wooden shoes.

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An authentic Dutch street organ, complete with posing worker who runs the music twice per hour.

An authentic Dutch street organ, complete with posing worker who runs the music twice per hour.

If I ordered correctly after a full day of searching for where to buy tulip bulbs at Tulip Time, we should have these beauties in our yard next spring.

If I ordered correctly after a full day of searching for where to buy tulip bulbs at Tulip Time, we should have these beauties in our yard next spring.

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According to David's dad, the Dutch have been working for decades to breed a black tulip, but usually wind up with shades of purple. He was most excited to see these at the very end of our day.

According to David’s dad, the Dutch have been working for decades to breed a black tulip, but usually wind up with shades of purple. He was most excited to see these at the very end of our day.

Success at last! David's dad has been telling me about the quest of the black tulip since we moved here. What a fitting way to end our Holland tour.

Success at last! David’s dad has been telling me about the quest of the black tulip since we moved here. What a fitting way to end our Holland tour.

17 responses to this post.

  1. So love! ! I was just thinking of that dress! ! You look so cute and the photos are beautiful! ! I have a similar hat. ..hmm maybe should bring ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Thank you! LOL, people do love that dress — always get comments whenever I remember to wear it. I have had that hat since 2002, Las Vegas, NM! It is my go-to gardening hat, and I can’t believe how well it has lasted. I swear the sun is brighter than it used to be. I was so glad I brought the hat in the car that day, because I ended up needing it as soon as the clouds cleared.

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  3. Posted by Kieron on May 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Lovely all ’round. ๐Ÿ™‚ Say, have you read Michael Pollan’s “The Botany of Desire”? In it, he showcases 4 plants that indicate that certain plants cultivate us, not the other way around. One of the plants is the tulip, over which people apparently went so crazy over that they turned on one another just to own the bulbs. Anyway those are some stunner tulips you saw… wow.

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  4. I’ve not read The Botany of Desire, but David’s dad told me that at one time you could buy a house for cheaper than a tulip bulb, no exaggeration. This was just a tiny fraction of the colors, shapes and sizes we saw. It was pretty incredible — frilly, white, black, double and everything in between! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Posted by manyhahama1955 on May 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Sweet, Laura! You look so beautiful. I love your orange paisley dress. Where did you find that? Great pics…Happy Birthday to David and glad you had a good time. Much love!

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  6. Thank you! Tania gave me the dress a few years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo and love

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  7. it’s a special dress!! on a special faery. ๐Ÿ˜‰ good thing the hat has lasted, as little did it know how much you’d be needing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Hehe, thanks, T! Yes, all the more special because it’s from you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That hat is so funny, because in many ways it previewed my current life but from a completely different angle and at the wrong time. That hat is one of the only things I kept from my time in New Mexico, besides two friends, and I a) cannot believe it lasted this long and b) just find it so interesting that all these ideas I had then, wrong time, wrong place, are now happening here and now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. it’s like the snail…gliding slowly into fruition. ๐Ÿ˜‰ i’m seeing that things i was drawn to back in my early 20’s are likely coming to be now

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  10. Yeah, I have a feeling your Sedona trip will be like that this time, too.

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  11. Hi Laura, I am so enjoying your blog and love these pic’s. I clicked the link to “Shifting the Lyme Paradign” and after reading much could not find a link to purchase the book in english. Please advise, my email is wellness.resources2@gmail.com
    Thanks.

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  12. Hi Francina, I just heard back from Huib:

    “I have a few copies left at home which I can send, but the shipping costs are high (16 dollar…)

    Otherwise she will need to wait for the republication as an e-book; due within 2 months

    Let me know :)”

    If you’re interested, I can give him your email address to contact you. He recently changed US publishers.

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  13. Thanks for your reply. Q- how much does the hardcopy book cost that you can send? Please do give Huib my email for future notification of ebook availability as I know many people including myself w/ lyme. Thanks

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  14. I will give your email address to Huib to contact you, so I’m not the middle person on the sale. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Posted by Jane Derbenwick on May 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Dear Laura,ย ย  Such lovely pictures of Tulip Time!! ย Sincerely, ย  Jane Derbenwick

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  16. Thank you!

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  17. […] perennial tulips I fell in love with two years ago at Tulip Fest in Holland, Michigan have begun their […]

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