Here’s one more reason to anxiously await the coming of spring.
On Dec. 14, Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse and Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs Richard Meadows planted the first of a very special group of tulip bulbs at the entrance to 300 Elliott Ave. The tulip was sourced by the company from master grower Jan Pennings to honor our 140th birthday in April and is exclusive to HAL. Five hundred tulips will be planted at HAL headquarters: 400 at the Elliott Avenue entrance and 100 on the northeast side of the building.
The all-new tulip variety – which features white, fringed petals – was developed with Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden located near Lisse, Netherlands. The new tulip will also bloom at Keukenhof this spring. Approximately seven million flower bulbs of 1,600 varieties are planted annually at Keukenhof, which is known as the Garden of Europe. Keukenhof is only open for two months each year, from March 21 through May 20, and attracts more than 800,000 visitors from around the world.