With the castle currently closed to visitors until further notice, regular video and photo updates of the colourful displays are being released via a new microsite www.tulipfestival.co.uk
Last year, there were 60,000 tulips so the display for 2020 is much bigger than ever before.
Head gardener Martin Duncan “We couldn’t let the long winter months of bulb planting go to waste, so we’re delighted to be able to show off the fruits of our labour and let everyone see the displays online.
“Look out for exquisite varieties like the dinky Persian Pearl at just 15cm tall, or the unusual-looking Parrot Negrita with its extravagantly feathered deep purple petals. The Rill Pond will be surrounded by the flamboyant Pink Impression, while the tropical borders will burst with hues of yellow and orange, including from the Firework and Rhapsody of Smiles.”
The 2020 Tulip Festival features brightly-coloured borders, a tulip and narcissus labyrinth, beautiful wedding and christening cake shaped displays and botanical varieties in the quirky stumpery, home to the upturned trunks of ancient trees.
Other noteworthy tulips on display include the later Carnival de Rio with vivid red streaks, the La Belle Epoque with large heads of coffee mousse and pink, and the striking Honeymoon, a pure white tulip with delicate fringing.
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