posted on 04 Sep 20 | by Explore Bendigo

Spring is arguably one of the most colourful times of the year in Bendigo and it is all thanks to a beautiful flower, the tulip.  

Every year from mid to late September through to mid-October, Bendigo is blooming with tulips.  It holds a special place in the heart of many locals and is a massive drawcard year in year out with visitors from all over the country.  So, what is it that makes these tulips so special and why do we love them so much?  Well here’s everything you need to know about the tulips in Bendigo…

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Why Tulips?

Tulips first came about in Bendigo in 2003 when the drought was hitting regional areas hard and the need to find drought-tolerant plants and flowers to plant throughout the city was a must.  So, this short-flowering bulb that required little to no extra water was planted. And every year hereafter this aesthetically appealing flower has captured the attention of people near and far.

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When Are The Tulips Planted?

Every year the City of Greater Bendigo’s Parks and Open Spaces team start planting bulbs in June and July.  Several months are spent in the lead up to planting meticulously planning and designing unique colour patterns and displays.

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How Many Tulips Are There?

This year the Parks and Open Space team has planted more 50,000 bulbs in various varieties and in a rainbow of colours throughout the gardens.  This year, some of the varieties on display are Armani, Apeldoorn, Denmark, Lanka and Saigon.

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Where Can I Find These Tulips?

The tulips can be found popping up in garden beds near Alexandra Fountain, along Pall Mall in Rosalind Park and the Conservatory Gardens, and around the Bendigo Library and Civic Gardens. Or view them live here on 'Tulip Cam' from Friday 18th September. 

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Did You Know?

The tulips are grown in compost produced by the organic waste collected from local homes.  Just another way we are all playing our part to beautify the city and look after our environment.

Want to know more? Check out the official 2020 Bendigo Tulips Brochure here.

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Want To Know More?

Why not join an online Curator Tour or check out the tulips via 'Tulip Cam'? This is a fantastic way to find out all the nitty gritty details, get up close and personal with the tulips, and ask questions.  The Curators love sharing their techniques and wisdom so you can create your own tulip wonderland at home.

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Share Your Tulip Experience With Us

If you're like us and love sharing your Bendigo experience with family and friends, why not tag us in your tulip photos for the chance to be highlighted amongst our favourite pics on Explore Bendigo.  To join in the fun, simply share your Bendigo tulip photos on Facebook or Instagram with us by tagging #BendigoTulips and #ExploreBendigo   

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What Happens Once The Tulips Are Finished Blooming?

Once the tulips have finished blooming, there is usually an annual tulip dig takes place and you can purchase the bulbs for your own tulip display (in your own garden of course) for next year – how awesome is that!

Note, the annual Tulip Dig will be very different this year and to remain COVID-safe the annual dig will not be accessible to the public. The City of Greater Bendigo is working to plan how purchase of the bulbs will take place and will advertise this information once available.