Holland's Garden History: Inside Tulipmania with Dr. Alette Fleischer - Context Travel

Holland's Garden History: Inside Tulipmania with Dr. Alette Fleischer


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Each Spring, Holland's color palette changes rather dramatically as tulips pop up their celebrated heads. The bulb fields are in full bloom and the tulips, hyacinths, daffodils compete for attention and admiration in Dutch gardens. This seminar will explore Amsterdam in the spring as we discover the delights of the Keukenhof Gardens on a journey through Holland's garden history.

We'll begin by placing 17th-century Dutch gardens in a broader context given that there is much more to Dutch gardens than mere tulips. We'll learn how the Dutch shaped their gardens as earthly Gardens of Eden. Gardening men and women splashed their cash adorning their garden with exotic flowers, trees and fruits, lush waterworks, and costly hothouses. We'll discuss how botanical treasures were shipped to the Republic thanks to the growth of their intricate and worldwide trading network. At the same time, Holland's gardens were showcases of the dominion of humans over nature and their own country.

Led by an expert on Dutch garden history, Dr. Alette Fleischer, this interactive seminar will explore the intriguing tale of the history of gardens along with a virtual visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, eager learners will come away with a deeper understanding of this beautiful, and bountiful, area of Dutch life.

Amsterdam-born Alette Fleischer has a degree in Art History and a Ph.D. in 17th Dutch History, focusing on gardens, science, and technology. She has curated several exhibitions, publishes articles, presents lectures, and a proud Context Expert. For Context Travel, Alette has led the Rijksmuseum tours many times. Motto: staying curious is key to being a good historian.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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GJC (Kyotanabe, JP)

Dr. Fleischer provided a thorough and entertaining overview of tulips and Dutch gardens from a wide range of viewpoints. The slides were also wonderful. Altogether a fun 90 minutes!

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Pamela M (Summerland Key, US)
Very enjoyable presentation

I hope to travel to Amsterdam to see the tulip gardens in person and this was a fascinating introduction to Dutch gardens and tulips. Kept my attention and peaked my curiousity.

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Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Wonderful

A wonderful seminar - very interesting with beautiful visuals.

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Barbara Collinson (Collingwood, CA)
Far more than just great garden pictures

Dr. Alette Fleischer was very well prepared and spoken with an excellent grasp of the history and importance of Tulips to the Dutch and the Dutch economy. A really good primer.

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Dorothy Fue Wong (Los Angeles, US)
Tulipmania—Excellent

Outstanding presentation—Alette gave a fascinating account on the impact that the Netherland had around the world during 400 years, along with the a comprehensive description of the famous tulip garden.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
87%
(13)
0%
(0)
13%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
G
GJC (Kyotanabe, JP)

Dr. Fleischer provided a thorough and entertaining overview of tulips and Dutch gardens from a wide range of viewpoints. The slides were also wonderful. Altogether a fun 90 minutes!

P
Pamela M (Summerland Key, US)
Very enjoyable presentation

I hope to travel to Amsterdam to see the tulip gardens in person and this was a fascinating introduction to Dutch gardens and tulips. Kept my attention and peaked my curiousity.

S
Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Wonderful

A wonderful seminar - very interesting with beautiful visuals.

B
Barbara Collinson (Collingwood, CA)
Far more than just great garden pictures

Dr. Alette Fleischer was very well prepared and spoken with an excellent grasp of the history and importance of Tulips to the Dutch and the Dutch economy. A really good primer.

D
Dorothy Fue Wong (Los Angeles, US)
Tulipmania—Excellent

Outstanding presentation—Alette gave a fascinating account on the impact that the Netherland had around the world during 400 years, along with the a comprehensive description of the famous tulip garden.