Fun facts about the festival
• The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is in its 66th year
making it one of Australia’s longest running festivals.
A proud family tradition, the Tesselaar family has
been opening their farm to the public since 1954.
• In 2019 there will be over 900,000 Tulips
with 135 different varieties on show.
• The Festival is set across 25 acres of gardens where
visitors are encouraged to roam free, enjoying the
wide open spaces.
• Well over a million spring flowering bulbs will be
on display including Tulips, Daffodils, Ranunculus and
• The garden display is planned over a year in advance,
so before this year’s show has even begun, we will
already be planning for 2020.
• We have planted hundreds of blossom trees to add
to our floral show including Cherries, Apples, Pears,
Dogwoods, Forest Pansies and Magnolias.
• Tesselaar Tulip Festival is home to the world’s largest
clog, coming in at almost four metres long. It was
carved by renowned chainsaw artist Robbie Bast.
• During the Festival, our staff wear costumes from
the Dutch fishing village Volendam. This includes
traditional Dutch farming shoes - clogs. Clogs have
been worn in the Netherlands for hundreds of years
(though they don’t often get around in them today).
While wooden shoes might seem cumbersome, they
are actually comfortable and light, being made out
of poplar or willow. Clogs are waterproof and warm –
perfect for a Tulip farm!
Fun facts about our tulips
• Our Tulips are planted in autumn; they are lovingly
tended to throughout winter and emerge in spring.
We plant a range of varieties and specially treat the
bulbs to enable them to flower for the four weeks
of the Festival.
• When the Tesselaar Tulip Festival concludes the
flowers are removed and the leaves are allowed
to fade naturally. Once the foliage has yellowed
the bulbs are lifted, graded and then placed in
temperature controlled storage for replanting
the following autumn.
• Tesselaar plant the Tulips on a 2 year rotation.
The grass you walk on this year was a Tulip bed
last year. This crop rotation encourages happy,
• 900,000 Tulip bulbs are planted via machinery
with 80,000 planted by hand.
• To develop a new Tulip variety it takes over
seven years from seed to market.
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