Tulipani Italiani is a vast garden with 250 thousand tulips of 183 varieties, the first one created in Italy. The idea came to Dutchwoman Nitsuhe Wolanios and her companion Edwin Koeman, who are preparing to launch Tulipani Italiani as a u-pick project: anyone can visit the one hectare tulip garden and pick tulips, but they can also take pictures and spend moments of relaxation among wonderful colors. Visitors will be provided with baskets and buckets to be used for the collection (no need for scissors): each visitor enters the field, selects the tulips they want and pull them by hand, leaving the bulb in the ground.
“Our goal – explain the two owners – is to make the tulip garden the happiest place in Milan.” The garden will be open seven days a week, from 9 to 19.30, the entry fee will be the purchase of two tulips (cost 1.50 euro each). The tulips that can be picked will be in the center of the field, while the sides will house exhibition tulip plants not to be harvested. “My whole family is dedicated to the cultivation of tulips in the Netherlands and beyond. A cousin of mine opened a u-pick field in Texas – says Edwin Koeman – We have decided to try to do it here because we are aware of the love of Italians for beautiful things. Our idea is to move here permanently.”
The colorful and heartwarming exhibition will be open to the public during the spectacular flowering period, which only last a few weeks between the second half of March and the end of April.
Tulipani Italiani is located a few miles from Milan in Viale della Repubblica 113 in Cornaredo.
Ilona Catani Scarlett