Annual Tulip Festival returns to Arundel Castle in April

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UK: Arundel Castle in West Sussex will welcome back its unique Annual Tulip Festival from mid-April to early May. More than 36,000 tulips will adorn the Castle, which is celebrating the 950th anniversary of its initial construction this year.

As visitors approach the Castle they will be met with classic red tulips which complement the backdrop of the medieval building. Purple, pink and white are also prominent colours in this year’s display which will have 70 different types of tulips – some of which visitors may never have seen before.

Although an annual event, different varieties of tulips are introduced every year to ensure visitors are always faced with fresh flower mixes. New for 2017 is the beautiful White Dream tulip which sits among striking black flowers known as Queen of Nights within the English Herbaceous Borders.

As visitors wander round the blossoming grounds they’ll also be met with a selection of unusual tulip varieties such as Yoko Parrot and Candy Club as well as an amazing array of vibrant mixed tulips.

Head Gardener Martin Duncan, who has worked in horticulture and landscape design roles around the world, has been tending to Arundel Castle’s gardens for seven years. He said: “This is always a hugely popular event that draws in international crowds. Months of planning go into organising the Annual Tulip Festival. In fact, I’ve already started planning for next year!

“Visitors can expect to see a breathtaking display of tulips which are as unique and colourful as their names suggest – Purple Dream, Purple Prince, Pink Impression and White Triumphator. I hope visitors will enjoy browsing the gardens as much as myself and the rest of the Castle gardening team do.”

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