The Tulip Society

Welcome to The Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society website, for all who are interested in growing & showing tulips and historic florists' flowers.

A Wakefield Florists' Society

James Wild Breeder Tulipabove: English florist's tulip James Wild breeder.Originally established in Wakefield Yorkshire England in 1836 by local tulip fanciers and enthusiasts, we now have supporters and members from many parts of the UK, and several countries around the world.

We are an old florist's society dedicated to growing and showing tulips, but particularly the English Florists' Tulip.

Many of the tulip varieties that we grow date back to the 1800's, and we maintain the traditional strict standards of Form, Purity and Colour set down by the early florists.

We hope you can take a few moments to share our interest in these amazing historical flowers.


Group of English florist's tulipsabove: Group of English florist's tulips, photo Mike Chapman.

An Old Tulip Tradition

Today only one society remains specialising in tulips, the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society dating from 1836, and is one of the oldest florist's societies.

Shows and Events

The Annual Show is held in the Wakefield Area each year, and open to the public. As well as the classes for English Florists' Tulips, there is a section for Dutch Tulips.

In recent years the Society has revived its Dutch Tulip show which is held at the Harrogate spring Show. The society also supports other florist's shows and events with information on the showing, history and cultivation of tulips.

The Society holds its Annual General Meeting in October with entertaining discussions and presentations following the items of business.John at a glance.

DSCF0003above: Exhibitors making entries at the main society annual show.Newsletter & Publications

The Society publishes a Newsletter for Members, arranges a Garden Visit Day, and sends out schedules of competition classes in advance of the shows.

The Society's published book 'Flames and Feathers - English Florists' Tulips' is now available from The Tulip Society.

SocietyBookcover 200Flames and Feathers  £10.00