It’s Tulip Time

We celebrate National Tulipday

On the 3rd Saturday of January we celebrate National Tulip Day, the beginning of the tulip season.This year we have an extra celebration, the 10th anniversary of the picking garden.To make it extra special, we have a new location: the Museumplein. Our theme is 'Typical Dutch'.The Dutch are known for tulips. They are one of the largest exporters of tulips. In the center of Amsterdam we will have a traditional Dutch party with tens of thousands of Dutchies and tourists.Everyone is welcome to pick a free bunch of tulips.Our tulips will be on sale all over starting on National Tulip Day. Do you want to enjoy our tulip season digitally?We tell our story via our social media channels: Facebook TulipTime and Instagram

Opening hours

Be on time

At 13.00 the tulip picking garden opens to the public and you can pick your own bunch of tulips. The garden closes when the tulips are gone. Don't wait too long, join the queue.

A new tulip

What will be the new name?

For this special day, the growers of Tulip Promotion Nederland invite a celebrity to christen their own tulip. A very special moment with a official ceremony and a lot of press.

Pick your own tulip bouquet

Pick up to 20 tulips in our unique tulip bag

At the entrance of the tulip picking garden you will receive a biodegradable tulip bag, just the right size for 20 tulips. So, you can leave your own shopping bag at home!

Tulip Promotion organisation

Our volunteers

National Tulip Day is the day on which we celebrate the start of the tulip season. This day is made possible by all Dutch tulip growers, united through Tulip Promotion Netherlands . They ensure that this tulip celebration is a success and volunteer their time and tulips for you. You can recognize the volunteers by their cheerful orange jackets.


An orchestra will provide a cozy Dutch atmosphere

The tulip picking garden is extremely popular; so make sure you join on time. The average waiting time is 30-60 minutes. Whilst you wait, you will be entertained in a cozy atmosphere with music. The mop orchestra plays typical Dutch songs that everyone can sing along.Our favorite song is: 'Tulpen uit Amsterdam'. In addition, you also have a viewpoint of the picking garden from the walkway, so you can admire the tulip garden and take your beautiful pictures.

Tulip picking garden rules

The tulip party is a party for everyone

  1. Please take care of yourself and your personal belongings.
  2. You will receive a biodegradable tulip bag from the organisation to carry your bunch of tulips.
  3. Do not bring your own shopping bag into the picking garden.
  4. Pick your own bunch of tulips limited to maximum 20 stems and leave the rest for others to enjoy their bunch of spring happiness.
  5. Share your moment of tulip celebration with everyone you love using the hashtags #timefortulips #tuliptime.


What do you do with the bulb?

Is the bulb still attached to the flower?The bulb has given all the energy to make the tulip shine, so the bulb will not bloom again.What do you do with the bulb then? Leave the bulb attached to the tulips and place them in a vase with a small layer of water. Or cut the tulip bulb (obliquely) from the stem and place the tulips in a vase with plenty of clean water.You can use one big vase or a small amount of tiny vases. And enjoy the happiness of tulips.

How to take care of your tulips:

  • Place the tulips in paper in the vase for an hour. The tulips then absorb water and straighten up.
  • Choose a clean vase which is high enough as tulips will continue to grow a few more centimeters.
  • Cut about 1.5 cm (1inch) from the bottom of the stem.
  • Keep the tulips away from fruits and bright sun.
  • Tulips drink a lot of water, so top up the vase regularly.

Frequently asked questions about the tulip picking garden

Is your question included?

Since 2012, National Tulip Day has been celebrated with a colorful tulip picking garden in Amsterdam, these questions are asked the most:
The tulip picking garden opens to the public at 1 p.m. and closes when the tulips are gone. So join the queue on time.
The organisation will provide you with a special tulip bag (biodegradable), so you don’t have to worry about taking a bag with you. Per person you are allowed to pick max. 20 tulips.
You can pick up to 20 tulips per person, this is the amount that will fit perfectly in the bag. The tulips will remain in good condition until they reach your vase.
The tulip bulbs have given all their energy to the (cut) tulip and will not flower again.
The tulip picking garden is organised by Tulip Promotion Netherlands (TPN) to celebrate National Tulipday. This day marks the start of the (cut) tulip season.The foundation was established by over 500 tulip growers/breeders. Together they promote tulips worldwide.
You don't have to pay any entrance, to visit the tulip picking garden.