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Flowers and plants
Tulips and windmills are still the best-known Dutch symbols.
The price paid for the 17th century tulip Semper Augustus
was more than what Rembrandt received for his "Night
Right behind the dunes one finds the best soil for bulb-growing
and it is there that in the springtime from mid-March till
mid-May a magnificent display of colour can be enjoyed. In
recent years bulb-growing has moved more and more from the
old bulb-growing area round De Keukenhof to the north of North
The world's largest flower auction-mart, housed in the world's
largest trading building, auctions nearly 20 million flowers
a day. One needs to rise very early in order to see the flowers
and plants before they are transported to all corners of the
Many events, such as flower pageants, show that the Dutch
also know how to deal with their wealth of flowers in a creative
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Tulip Island off the coast of Holland
The Innovation Platform was set up by the Dutch government with the intention to see the Netherlands among the international top 5 in higher education, research and innovation. One of the ideas is to create a tulip-shaped island that will provide agricultural space, clean energy, a new national airport and protection of the current coastline all at once.
Dutch contractors already built a Palm shaped-island located off the coast of Dubai.