In 1895 George Eastman traveled the Netherlands on a bicycle trip and was amazed by “blaze of color” he saw as be biked past the vast fields of flowers. This trip later inspired him to order tens of thousands of bulbs from Holland, wanting this same effect in his gardens and home. This tradition continued every year from 1905 and 1932 (except 1918).
“A hundred years after Eastman’s bicycling trip, the Eastman Museum started the annual floral show Dutch Connection to pay homage to Eastman’s practice of buying and planting thousands of bulbs“ (read the full history here). This year, the museum is celebrating the 25th year of Dutch Connection.
Stepping into the Eastman Museum during Dutch Connection instantly transports you out of Rochester. The sights and the smells are enough to make you forget it’s winter. Each room is filled with tulips, narcissus, hyacinths, amaryllis, azaleas, daffodils, and more. There are also many different orchid varieties courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society. View the Flower Guide.
Dutch Connection ends Sunday, February 24th. If you have the chance to go you won’t want to miss it. If you couldn’t make it this year, enjoy these few photos and make sure you go next year!
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