Planning ahead is one of the most important lessons you can learn from gardening. For instance if I plant some these tulip bulbs now, next spring I'll have lots of flowers.
One of the best examples of planning ahead was when a group of people came together about fifty years ago in Limmen, Holland to create a living museum of tulips. It's an outstanding collection.
Chris van Keekan a steward of the Hortus Bulborium, as it is called, gave me a tour last spring.
Allen: Chris, what is the main objective of the Hortus Bulborium'
Chris van Keeken, Steward at Hortus Bulborium in Limmen, Holland: The main purpose is, for many people who come here, to collect pollen from old varieties so they can cross breed with new varieties to get characteristics of the old varieties back in to the new ones you see. We have about 1500 varieties of very old tulips. If you just want to look at this variety called 'Lac van Rijin', that was introduced in the year 1620.
Allen: This is a bit of a living museum, really, isn't it'
Chris van Keeken: This is a living museum. As you see it's an open air museum. As I usually say we have no roof here. It's just an open air museum '
Allen: It is.
Chris van Keeken: It can't be helped. Otherwise you can't garden.
As you can see planning ahead and a commitment to preservation is the reason we have many of these old tulip varieties to enjoy in our gardens.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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