Ah, the tulip. Red, at that. Unlike the red rose, the red tulip doesn’t symbolize love, but is a symbol adopted by the Parkinson’s community worldwide to bring awareness to Parkinsons disease.
On April 11, 2005, the red tulip with a fringe of white was launched as the official symbol of PD at the 9th World Parkinson’s disease Day Conference in Luxembourg (even though the red tulip had been associated with Parkinson’s awareness since the early 1980’s).
The tulip is described in detail as the exterior being a glowing cardinal red, small feathered white edge, the outer base whitish; the inside, a currant-red to turkey-red, broad feathered white edge, anthers pale yellow”.
Developed by Dutch horticulturist and Parkinson’s disease patient J.W.S. Van der Wereld, the new tulip was named after Dr. James Parkinson, the doctor who discovered Parkinson’s disease. Not only did the tulip receive the Award of Merit that year from the Royal Horticultural Society in England, but it also was the recipient of the Trial Garden Award from the Royal General Bulb Growers of Holland.
There are several different variations of the PD tulip symbol, which include the following:
The PDF (Parkinson’d Disease Foundation) specifically uses a yellow tulip to denote optimism and hope. The three petals are used to denote their three-pronged mission: Hope through research, education and advocacy.
The European Parkinson’s Disease Association chose this tulip as the symbol for its logo in 1996.
This tulip, recognized by many was designed by early-onset Parkinson’s patient, Karen Painter.
The tulip design for the NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke) Parkinson’s Disease Biomarkers Program captures the red and white tulip enfolded by leaves in the shape of hands that symbolize the overarching goal of the PDBP initiative in bringing together the PD community to build resources and develop technologies that will lead to PD biomarker discovery and innovation.
This tulip logo hails from Europe, specifically, The Eurobodalla Parkinson’s Support Group in the Eurobodalla Shire. The Shire includes amongst others the towns of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma on the South Coast of New South Wales. There are approximately 80,000 people in Australia living with Parkinson’s, and quite a few of these live in the Eurobodalla Shire. None of them are hobbits.
And this one represents Canada…
Which is your favorite or, would you have chosen a different logo altogether? Inquiring minds want to know.