Up in Bloom: The Springtime Delights and Tulips at Descanso Gardens

The history of tulips can be traced back to the 10th century, when they were first cultivated by Turkish nomads in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. It is believed that the tulip was introduced to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century and quickly became popular among the wealthy and elite.

In the 17th century, the Dutch began importing tulip bulbs from the Ottoman Empire, and the popularity of tulips in the Netherlands skyrocketed. Tulip bulbs became a symbol of wealth and status, and many people began investing heavily in the tulip trade.

This period of Dutch tulip mania, also known as “tulipomania,” is famous for its speculative bubble that eventually burst, leading to a market crash and financial ruin for many investors. Despite this setback, tulips remained a beloved flower in the Netherlands and continue to be an important symbol of Dutch culture to this day.

I absolutely love the brilliant look of tulips in a garden. So, when the tulips at Descanso Gardens reached their peak, I made sure to spend some time, capturing their beauty.