On Nov. 16 2012, Captain Edward van Zaane and Martin Schröder, Loyal Mariner and member of HAL’s Dutch advisory board, took part in the planting of HAL’s exclusive tulip at Keukenhof Spring gardens in the Netherlands. HAL partnered with the world-famous garden to develop the exclusive tulip for HAL’s 140th anniversary celebration next year. Master grower Jan Pennings, exhibitor at Keukenhof Gardens, chose a white-petaled variety to honor HAL, which was originally founded in Rotterdam on April 18, 1873. The tulips are scheduled to bloom in spring and an official christening and naming of the new tulip will be held in April 2013 at Keukenhof.
To launch the planting of the new tulip, Jan handed over the first bulbs to Captain van Zaane by a windmill that was donated to Keukenhof Gardens by HAL in 1957. Here are photos from the occasion: