Previous World Tulip Summits

The first Tulip Summit was held during the Tonami Tulip Fair. This generate the idea to host a World
Tulip Summit on a regular basis.

The first World Tulip Summit was host by the Canadian Tulip Festival at the Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Canada in 2002, on the occasion of the Festival’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Princess Margriet, of the Nertherlands, presided the Official Opening of the first world Tulip Summit in the presence of dignitaries representing 10 different countries and approximately 100 delegates.

The second World Tulip Summit was held in Canberra, Australia, in 2006 to coincide with Floriade, Canberra’s Tulip celebration.

The third World Tulip Summit was held in Splading, England on April30 to May 2, 2008, as part of the Flower Parade’s 50th Anniversary. 80 delegates participated, representing 10 countires.

The fourth World Tulip Summit was held in Skagit Valley, Washington State, USA in 2010. This summit, hosted as part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, saw about 75 delegates representing 9 countries.

The fifth World Tulip Summit was held in Istanbul, Turkey in November 2013. Over 100 delegates participated representing 12 of the Society’s 14 member countries. The World Friendship Tulip was officially named and the first Official World Friendship Tulip Garden was planted in Emirgan Park.

The six World Tulip Summit was held in Suncheon Bay City, South Korea in October 2015. This Summit was held jointly with the International Garden Tourism Network’s first Garden Tourism Conference. Over 150 delegates participated representing 12 of the Society’s 15 friendship countries. An Official World Friendships Tulip Garden was planted in the newly national designated Suncheon Bay Garden.