Tulips were once worth more than gold. Tulip mania is regarded as the first economic bubble with the price of tulips reaching their peak in the Netherlands in 1637. At its peak one would have to exchange "four fat oxen" for a single bulb of the tulip Viceroy. Thankfully, we can now enjoy the wide ranging colors, size and shapes of this botanical for free in most of our parks. This bed is in front of historic Litchfield Villa at "Carmen's Garden", named for my late neighbor Carmen Farina.