Next spring, when the bulbs bloom at the National Botanic
Gardens, they will reveal a portrait of James Joyce six
metres across made with 23,000 tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs.
Dutch experts worked alongside the staff of the Botanic
Gardens to build the portrait over four days, jointly
sponsored by the National Botanic Gardens, the Irish
Museums Trust, James Joyce Centre in Dublin with the
support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the
Gaeltacht, Beechill Bulbs from Co. Offaly,
Jac. Uittenbogaard & Zonen from the
Netherlands and the Embassy of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands.
A planting ceremony of the first tulip bulbs took place
with the Dutch Ambassador Paul Schellekens and
local school children from Scoil Mobhi primary
school in Glasnevin Dublin and also from
Saint Michael's National School in Limerick.