Photo: Marcel Plueijn


The Royal Netherlands Embassy is asking the public’s help to name a new variety of tulip it will give the City of Philadelphia during the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show in March as a special gesture of appreciation.

The tulip is a result of a 19-year breeding process by Remarkable Tulips, a breeding company in Lisse, a small town just southwest of Amsterdam. Its pedals are brick red and have fringed edges that capture sunlight.

But the tulip does not yet have a name, so the embassy is running an online poll so members of the public can vote on their favorite of three finalists:

  • Philly Belle
  • Philly Love
  • Pretty Philly

You can vote for your favorite name at this link: nlintheusa.com/philly-tulip. The winner will be announced during the Philadelphia Flower Show Preview Party Gala on March 10.

The tulip is the Netherlands’ way of thanking the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for choosing “Holland: Flowering the World” as the theme of this year’s Flower Show. The show will explore the innovation that has defined the Netherlands’ approach of using its unique landscape, from windmills — one of the earliest uses of natural energy — to the modern Ecodome, which showcases the beauty of the Dutch landscape and the innovative achievements of the Dutch designers in the field of sustainability.

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