Live flowers on display February 12-28-also on view, artifacts from George Eastman's life 100 years ago

Rochester, N.Y. -The George Eastman Museum presents virtual springtime, with the annual Dutch Connectionfloral display, on view Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 28. This colorful two-week display will feature thousands of flowering bulbs, displayed throughout the historic mansion.

The two-week display is a welcome treat for the eyes and nose in the midst of winter. The museum's historic Conservatory will be filled with thousands of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis, and freesias, in various vibrant shades-the same colors Eastman featured 100 years ago.

In addition, tropical orchids will be displayed throughout the Palm House and Colonnade, courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society. Also on view on the second floor of the mansion are artifacts from George Eastman's life in 1916.

During his residency between 1905 and 1932, Eastman ordered tens of thousands of bulbs from Holland every year to decorate his Conservatory. The orders were mostly for tulips, narcissus, and hyacinths for indoor forcing, and tulips for the outside beds.

Eastman's annual bulb orders were inspired by a trip he made to Holland in 1890, when he was impressed by the tulip fields he saw while bicycling through the countryside. The present-day display is based on Eastman's original orders placed with Dutch bulb companies. The cultivation process began last July, with six thousand bulbs growing since October.

Bulb Sale
Potted tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils will be sold during Dutch Connection, with all proceeds benefiting the George Eastman Museum.

Group Tours
The Eastman Museum offers private group tours of Dutch Connection during regular museum hours. To set up a tour or for more information, please contact Stacey VanDenburgh, guest services manager, at (585) 271-3361 ext. 238 or

Dutch Connection is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Included with regular museum admission. For more information, visit or call (585) 271-3361.
For the last 22 years, Dutch Connection has been made possible by the generous support of Gerald P. and Karen S. Kral. Greenhouse services have been provided by Lucas Greenhouses.

Valentine's Day Brunch & Film
Sunday, February 14

Enjoy a catered brunch in the Potter Peristyle at 10 a.m., followed by a screening of A Room with a View (James Ivory, 1985) in the Dryden Theatre. Admission for the brunch and film is $45. Brunch includes omelets, fruit, bacon, sausage, bagels, pastries, coffee, tea, and juice. Reservations are required for the brunch by February 5, and can be made by calling (585) 271-3361 ext. 249. The event is sponsored by the the Eastman Museum Council, with all proceeds benefiting the George Eastman Museum.

About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world's oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 450,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world's preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master's degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation and of photographic preservation and collection management. For more information, visit

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Media Contact: Kellie Fraver
(585) 271-3361 ext. 213