The Beechill Bulbs Company of Tullamore has provided 23,000 tulip bulbs that, when fully in bloom, will be a six-meter-wide portrait of James Joyce at Ireland’s National Botanic Gardens. The project is being overseen by former landscape architect Jan Guldenmond and his assistant Nol van Ruiten. Planting the bulbs is a highly intensive process. Each one must be carefully selected and positioned in the earth to insure that they bloom in unison. The idea for the project came from a tulip-naming competition sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom on the Netherlands, which was won by Limerick resident Mary McClure. Support has come from a variety of organizations including the James Joyce Centre, the Irish Museums Trust, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Those wishing to see the portrait should visit the National Botanic Gardens in the spring of 2013. Click here for more information on tulip bulbs and the portrait.
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