Talk by the Wimbledon National Trust Association
Saturday 27 April
The Tale of the Tulip
by Russell Bowes
In the middle of the 14th century, a beautiful and exotic visitor from the east set foot on European soil for the very first time. With an extensive wardrobe of colourful veils of glistening silk shielding her dark and mysterious eyes from the gaze of the curious, the captivating visitor swept all before her and made people her willing slaves.
Her beauty became the stuff of legend and she could bring prestige and riches to anyone who courted her favour. But within 150 years she would fall from grace within the course of a single week.
The Tale of the Tulip follows the spectacular rise and fall of this beautiful garden flower.