History of the World Friendship Tulip

The “World Friendship” tulip was made by professor Marcel Lenard from France in 1988.
Mr Lenard was the breeder for the Inra (French horticultural breeding institute) located in Brest , Bretagne. He did 35 years of breeding tulips for the Inra. The goal was making disease hardy varieties for growing bulbs in Northern France and for making flowers in Southern France.

However, in 2000 the Inra decided to stop breeding tulips to focus on other crops like potatoes and weeds. Maveridge bought then 1500 varieties from Inra for growing them in Holland.
From these 1500 varieties the World Friendship was selected as number 417.
Maveridge Bulbs did plant 5 kilograms of the World Friendship tulip in 2001 and in 2014 they planted 8000 kilograms.  From the 1500 varieties around 40  survivors through all the selection criteria and World Friendship is one of them.

World Friendship was selected in the first place because the nice flower color (beautiful soft shining yellow) and this in combination with the elegant shape of the flowers and the long strong stems.
It survived the selections procedures because the bulb production and desease hardiness was excellent as well.  Now there is grown on around half a hectare in Holland and this should increase for 15 % per year.

Special Fundraising Project by Theo den Bosch 2016


Large plantings of the World Friendship Tulip in 2016

Disneyland Paris, Paris
Suncheon Bay National Garden, Suncheon City, Korea




World Friendship Tulip




A Visit to Maveridge Bulbs where the "Friendship Tulip" is being developed



Bulb Storage

Tulip Seeds



Workers taking out bulbs that will not produce well

Bulb counting machine

Bulb Sorting Machine