In his annual Easter speech on the St. Peter's square in the Vatican City, Pope Francis called for more efforts for peace in Syria, Jerusalem and other conflict ridden areas. He also thanked the Netherlands for the flowers that decorated the square, NOS reports.
This spring was a record season for flowers in the Netherlands. Famous flower park Keukenhof in Lisse welcomed a record number of 1.4 million visitors. And the Amsterdam Tulip Festival featured over 550 blooming tulips.
The Keukenhof considered this a "top season", NU.nl reports. Due to a relatively cool spring, the flowers were in full bloom for eight weeks.
The Keukenhof opens for the season on Thursday. This season will be in the theme of Dutch Design, with floral designs inspired by works by Dutch artists. The center piece this year is a floral work inspired by Mondriaan, NU.nl reports.
The Mondriaan work is a 250 square meters floral mosaic designed in the famous Mondriaan colored squares and rectangles. A massive 80 thousand bulbs were planted in two layers to keep the mosaic in bloom throughout the spring. It consists of tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.
Saturday is National Tulip day in the Netherlands. And as is by now a tradition, the start of the tulip season will be celebrated with a large tulip picking garden on Amsterdam's Dam square. This year Den Bosch also decided to take part.
On Saturday tulip workers will install the massive tulip garden on Dam square, which will contain 200 thousand tulips in various colors, according to AT5. From 1:00 p.m. everyone is welcome to come and pick a bouquet for themselves, free of charge. The municipality expects that the flowers will be done around 4:30 p.m.
The second annual Tulp Festival kicked off on Friday in Amsterdam. Tulpen, or "tulips," are the famous symbol of the Netherlands, and they will blanket the capital city throughout the month of April.
The community of Pannerden rallied around the Somali family in the town who was the target of a racist attack last. The family's home was pelted with fireworks on Thursday. The perpetrators left a flyer stuck on the front door showing a picture of PVV leader Geert Wilders and the words: "White is better, own nation first! Immigrants must go! This is just the beginning!"
The A4 between Delft and Schiedam is to be the first "Honey Highway" in the world. On Saturday flowers, specially selected to provide food for bees, were sown along the roadside, the Rijkswaterstaat announced on Sunday.
Two men were arrested on Sunday for stealing flowers and desecrating a cemetery on Raalterweg in Diepenveen.
Thousands of tulips are on display in locations across the city of Amsterdam as a part of the city’s Tulip Festival. Almost all museums, several hotels and other organizations are participating in providing their own tulip garden spots across the city.
The decline of some bee species is directly related to the deterioration of the flowers where they get there food.
The victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine were remembered in Hilversum on Sunday afternoon. The memorial service drew thousands of people at the Sint-Vitus Church, exactly one month since the crash, NU.nl reports.
The flowers, plush toys and other items left at Schiphol airport in memory of the victims lost in the fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have been moved. Florists and Schiphol staff worked on the move Sunday evening.
The Netherlands' main airport, Schiphol, will get a permanent memorial to remember the 298 people killed in the tragic plane crash in eastern Ukraine last week.
The largest rose-growing company of the world, Afroflora, based in Ethiopia and owned by the Barnhoorn family from the Netherlands was taken over by the large private equity company KKR. The buyer will pay $200 million for the major stake of Afroflora.
The Russian authorities have problems with some Dutch products that Russia imports. The dairy is not well controlled, and flowers contain harmful substances, according to the Russians.
For the first time, Turkey will export 40 tons of tulip bulbs to the Netherlands.
A grandmother of two kids of 5 and 3 years old received a fine of 130 euro from two city guards because the two children were picking some daffodils.