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Re: Pella Tulip Festival

Sounds like a wonderful time.  Thanks for sharing.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 10:09 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Pella Tulip Festival

> Thought I would share some photos from the very lovely Pella, Iowa 69th
> Annual Tulip Festival. This town of 10,000 citizens plants in excess of
> 200,000 bulbs each year, not counting those planted by private citizens
> and businesses, which brings the total to about double that. The tulips
> are dug up every year and new ones are planted in the fall. WOW! What a
> lot of work...but so beautiful, I can't hardly tell you! The large
> windmill in the pictures is the tallest windmill in the US and is a
> genuine, working mill that grinds corn and sells the flour. They give
> tours of the entire windmill and the sight from 5 stories up on the
> outside deck with the blades turning was something! We bought some of
> the windmill bread made from this flour. The windmill was designed and
> it's building supervised by a Dutch windmill architect and the upper
> working half was built in Holland and then disassembled and brought back
> to Pella for an 18 month rebuilding. The calliope in the pics. was built
> in Belgium in the 1850's and still works and sounds great! Got to see
> how they make wooden shoes...almost bought a pair! Pella is also home to
> Wyatt Earps' boyhood home and we toured that as well. The many tulip
> gardens are really something to see...wish you all could have been
> there. Spent the entire day there and still feel like we didn't see
> everything. Guess we'll have to go back next year!! :-)
> http://photos.yahoo.com/mhobertm
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
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