Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Presidential Palace garden boasts new variety of Dutch tulips

The Netherlands cultivated the red-white variety on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Slovak Republic

Dutch Ambassador to Slovakia, Henk Cor van der Kwast, President Andrej Kiska and financial director of Jub Holland, Dolph Uittenbogaard, during the ceremonial launch of the new tulip variety. (Source: TASR)

The garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava has a new decoration- a bed of 2,400 tulips of a new variety the Netherlands cultivated for Slovakia for the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Slovak Republic and the establishment of bilateral relations between the two countries. Slovak President Andrej Kiska and Ambassador of the Netherlands to Slovakia, Henk Cor van der Kwast, christened the tulip bed on April 26.

“I asked how long it takes to develop it,” said Kiska, as cited by the TASR newswire. “It takes a few years, as far as I know eight years, until something like this is successfully created, to cultivate such a new variety.”

The tulip with the certified name Slovensko is red with a white brim.

Kiska labelled the flowers as a symbol of friendship and love.

“And I think that friendship is also the right word between our countries, between the Netherlands and Slovakia,” said Kiska.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Threats, scandals, and dubious political ties. Who is Marian Kočner?

The businessman with many ties to politicians has been detained by police.

Marian Kočner

Blog: Human Capital in Slovakia: Preparing for the next industrial revolution

A closer cooperation between business and academia is of key importance if Slovakia is to strive in the ongoing industrial revolution.

In centres of excellence, a group of skilled workers is using brand new technologies.

Slovakia is pioneering the taxation of digital platforms

Uber, Airbnb and booking.com are obliged to pay taxes in Slovakia, but they do not do so.

Digital platforms are obliged to pay taxes in Slovakia.

V4 politicians are not even willing to help fellow Europeans

To give equal weight to the concerns that a Slovak or Czech feels about migration with that of an Italian or Greek is like having equal sympathy for a hypochondriac and a cancer patient.

Prime ministers of V4 countries and their Austrian counterpart.