‘Henry Hudson’ tulip baptized in New York

September 18, 2009 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

The Netherlands’ Princess Maxima was in Manhattan’s Battery Park last week, baptizing Holland’s newest tulip — the ‘Henry Hudson.’

Remember, New York was once New Amsterdam, so it stands to reason we’d have a special place in Dutch hearts. Tulipa vvedenskyi ‘Henry Hudson,’ named in honor of the 400th anniversary of explorer Henry Hudson’s discovery of Manhattan Island and the river that bears his name, is an orange species tulip bred by the Institute of Horticultural Plant Breeding in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and grown by Piet Apeldoorn of Th. Apeldoorn, Egmond-Binnen, the Netherlands. Plant ‘Henry Hudson’ now for a spring bloom.

For those needing a little history brushup: Henry Hudson was the English captain hired to helm the Dutch East India Company ship Halve Maen (Half Moon) on an expedition to search out a new passage to the Orient. In the fall of 1609 he sailed into New York harbor, where he landed on Manhattan Island and then traveled up the Hudson to present-day Albany. His explorations established a Dutch claim to the area and paved the way for their colonization of southern New York as the colony of New Amsterdam. On a subsequent voyage in 1610 in the ship Discovery, Hudson explored the coast of Greenland and discovered the Hudson Bay in northeastern Canada, the second largest bay in the world after the Bay of Bengal.

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