VIDEO: Holland plants Tulip Lane bulbs

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Tulip Time is still months away, but Holland is already getting ready.

A custom-built machine helps city workers plant some 250,000 tulip bulbs each year along seven miles of Tulip Lanes.

>>PDF: Map of the Tulip Lanes

Tulip Lane flowers were planted entirely by hand between 1929 and 1997, at which point Holland Transplanter came up with the custom tulip digger. The digger clears trenches for the bulbs, which are then planted by hand in dirt that has been composted for three years.

Watch video of the planting process above or here on YouTube.

The 2016 Tulip Time runs May 7 to May 14.

Tickets for festival programs went on sale Monday. The entertainment this year will include:

  • May 11: At the new Jack H. Miller Center for Music Arts on Hope College’s Campus, you can see the Holland Chorale perform “With a Song in My Heart: A Night with Richard Rogers” and Walt Marzke’s Four Pianos perform a variety of arrangements.
  • May 12: The Wonder Bread Years starring former Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell.
  • May 13: American Comedy Awards winner, Grammy nominee and actor Bill Engvall.

Other Tulip Time events include:

  • Rick Vuyst, also known as ‘Mr. Green Thumb,’ will host “Get a Good Swift Kick in the Plants!”
  • Flower expert J Schwanke will teach you ways to enjoy flowers all year long.

Tulip Time preview is now offering highlights of the 2016 program and previews are being distributed throughout downtown Holland. Online copies are available at More details will be available in the Spring Festival Guide in March.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Tulip Time Box Office located at 74 West 8th St., Holland, or by phone at 800.822.2770.

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