On Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m., enjoy Riversdale House Museum during peak tulip season! Guest will learn about tulipmania in 17th century Europe with an illustrated lecture by Kristi Gross, Education Assistant at Riversdale, make a tulip craft, and enjoy floral-themed refreshments. Guests are also welcome to tour the mansion and take a guided walk through the gardens with Riversdale Gardener, Amy Winkler. With the help of volunteers, Amy planted over 2,000 tulip bulbs this fall, many of historic variety.
Tulipmania will celebrate Rosalie Stier Calvert’s love for tulips. During Rosalie’s time at Riversdale in the early 19th century, she wrote to her father, Henri Joseph Stier, in Belgium, discussing tulip varieties and her plans for establishing the Rivesdale garden and her collection of tulips as the best in the area. Stier sent her many tulip bulbs from Europe and advised her on seeds, flowers, and tree plantings.
A love of tulips is the legacy of Europe’s tulipmania period during the 17th century. At this time, especially in the Netherlands, tulips became a fashionable commodity and an extremely important economy, with bulbs selling at astronomical prices. Tulipmania contributed to and was a result of the Dutch Golden Age.
Fee: $15; advanced payment required by April 29.
Ages 8 & up.
For more information, call 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544; email Riversdale@pgparks.com; or visit our website at history.pgparks.com. Follow us on Twitter @Riversdale1801 and Instagram @RiversdaleHouseMuseum, and find us on Facebook at @RiversdaleMuseum.
Riversdale House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road, in Riverdale Park, Maryland.
Cost: Fee: $15; advanced payment required by April 29. Ages 8 & up.
4811 Riverdale Road
Riverdale, MD 20737