We are beginning to see the tulips pop up around my house right now. This flower was always a favorite of my students, but it sometimes was difficult to work with. I have compiled some resources you can use as you begin to talk about tulips and use tulips in arrangements in your classes.
Here is a great novelty arrangement that I am sure your student would love. You can find instructions on how to complete this arrangement using tulips and wire at http://www.floristsreview.com/main/february2009/howto0209.html
Also Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston, MA has a "cookbook" that can help you design tulip arrangements. The cookbooks sell for $12.50 (which is a great price for a floral design book) and there are tons of different ones for different types of arrangements. Here is the link: http://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=6FGBN_LIVE&&
Steve Rittner of Rittners School of Floral Design has offered to even email one of these tulip lessons FREE to any of the NAAE teachers who contact him within a week of your blog about tulips appearing. That would be by Thursday, April 15th. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Steve for your support of the ag teachers!
Here are some additional tulip resources:
Here is a great website that talks about Tulips as a cut flower
Twisted Tulip Arrangement (uses 3 tulips)
Also, please feel free to share with us what type of arrangements you design with your students using tulips.