Visitors discard 7,000 tulips to take home bulbs from Rome flower farm.
Tulipark, Rome's first pick-your-own tulip garden, has suffered widespread damage within 48 hours of its inauguration at Easter weekend, due to uncivil visitors.
The news was announced by the managers of the flower farm in north Rome, who stated that 7,000 tulips were discarded after visitors pulled the plants out of the ground instead of cutting the flowers.
Management at the pick-your-own park believes that certain visitors pulled up the bulbs - which is "strictly forbidden" - with the idea of pocketing them to replant at home. In these cases, the flowers that didn't come with bulbs attached were subsequently dumped.
The park is now seeking volunteers to explain to the public how to pick the tulips properly, reminding visitors not to trample on the plants and not to dump flowers once they are picked.
The Tulipark entry fee, which includes two tulips, is €3.50 from Monday to Thursday or €5 from Friday-Sunday. For details see website.
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Rome's tulip park devastated within 48 hours
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