23 mrt thief
The Robin Hood of Tulips
Harmen van Kniphuysen, 1621
Who was the elusive hero who first introduced tulips to this region and helped the market flourish? It all started with a remarkable theft.
Carolus Clusius, a man of science, received a shipment of tulips from Turkey and planted them in the garden outside Leiden University for research purposes. One night, the tulips were stolen by an unknown person. In just two short years, the Bollenstreek (‘bulb region’) started to blossom with fields of flowers. The thief was lauded as a hero and his identity was kept secret. Until now! Let us give credit where credit is due: that elusive thief was ‘Visch’ Verdonckermaen!