Tulips – a Tiptoe Through History & General Information



These flowers we greet as a sign of spring originated as wild flowers in Central Asia, and were cultivated by the Turks as early as 1,000 AD.  In 1556, Busbeq (A.G. Busbequius) noted tulips growing in the gardens of Constantinople while he was serving as the ambassador of Austrian Emperor Ferdinand I to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

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