Let me tell you something; I have an ever-growing passion for European culture, art, history, literature, flavours, gardens and above all, beauty! In the last few years I have been travelling around this continent many times and one of my much-loved destinations has been Holland. The Dutch like give to the world a taste of their agricultural excellence and tulips are a proof of that! Originating from the Ottoman Empire, now Turkey, tulips were imported to Holland in the 16th century and they are only associated with the Dutch because of Carolus Clusius a Dutch gardener born in 1526. Clusius was head gardener at the University of Lieden in Holland, where his work in botany and medicine was well-known.