What's blooming in Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory?
Photo credit: Michael Lemmon
Tulip "Blue Parrot"
Tulips have always been appreciated for their beauty, but did you know that in the 17th century they became so popular they were used as a form of currency?
Most people associate tulips with the Netherlands but their cultivation dates as far back as 1000 A.D. when the Turkish Empire began growing them, well before the craze caught on in Europe. The tulip is the national flower of Turkey, and it thrives because of the long hot summers of dormancy there.
Visit Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens to cure your case of "tulipmania."