Gachsar Tulip Festival - 2019
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Garmab, Alborz Province Iran
Over 600,000 stalks of tulips have been displayed in the festival slated to run until mid May.
Free training courses have been held for visitors on how to preserve ornamental flowers and become familiar with history and species of tulips.
Many floral species such as tulips thrive on the Iranian plateau, particularly the slopes of Central Alborz mountain range.
Iranians are fond of tulips. They place it on their Haft-Seen table set to mark the advent of Norouz (Iranian New Year) as a manifestation of spring and freshness.
Mahd-Laleha Company established the first tulip garden in Gachsar in 1981. Currently, 30 types of tulips and one million tulip bulbs are planted there.
The tulip garden, spread over 10,000 meters, is a replica of Keukenhof Garden in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The tulips bloom during May. Visitors can visit this garden in late April and early May. The visit is free of charge.
Javad Gholami has been growing tulips for 30 years. He exports the tulip bulbs to Central Asian countries.
He said, “My father held the first tulip festival 17 years ago. He asked me to hold the festival and not take money from visitors.”
Gholami said the reason behind the event is to promote greenery, revive flowers and strengthen the bond between mankind and Nature.