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A Tulip Called Maria Kaczyńska
May 7, 2008   
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Polish First Lady Maria Kaczyńska received the first tulip of a new variety grown in the Netherlands and named after her during a reception in Warsaw April 24. Kaczyńska, wife of President Lech Kaczyński, is the first Polish citizen to have lent their name to a new variety of the national flower of the Netherlands.

The Maria Kaczyńska tulip is cream-colored and was grown by Jan Ligthart, who had worked on the variety for 18 years. Ligthart is a leading Dutch tulip grower. His collection includes flowers named Laura Bush, Bernadette Chirac, and Hillary Clinton.

Marnix Krop, the Dutch ambassador to Poland, described Kaczyńska as a "highly intelligent woman who always has her own opinion on things, but is at the same time very modest and never tries to impose her views on others." The Dutch people appreciate such individuals, Krop said.
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