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See the Ultimate in Flower Power at the Keukenhof Gardens: “The Largest Flower Garden in the World”

Published by Abby Agyarquah, Writer

Country: Netherlands

The Experience

If you ever dream of spending the day surrounded by gorgeous flowers, then the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands will not dissapoint you. A wide array of aromatic scents caress your nose and the colours of long-stem flowers envelope your eyes. The Netherlands is privileged to have “The Largest Flower Garden in the World,” which they have christened the Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof literally means “kitchen garden” and is named after the herb garden outside the kitchen of Jacoba van Beieren’s castle. Situated near Lisse, between Amsterdam and The Hague, the “Bulb Region” contains 7 million bulbs which are planted by hand in the fall and covers a land span of 8 acres. The Keukenhof Gardens cultivated beauty will tempt you to kick off your wooden shoes and pick yourself a tulip.

After Jacoba van Beieren passed away, the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland became what it is today due to the care of rich merchant families. Once a hunting area, The Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt requested that landscape architects J.D. and L.P. Zocher (who once designed the Vondelpark of Amsterdam) create a design for the garden around the castle. The current park is a section of the large estate of Slot Teylingen.

Designed after English Landscaping, this 15th-century park has retained its distinctive look, growing evermore beautiful throughout the years. In 1949, the open-air flower exhibition became an annually recurring event, allowing Keukenhof’s popularity to grow as the world's largest flower garden during the following fifty years.

The Keukenhof Gardens greet visitors with what can be likened to a football field of flowers. One could easily find themselves lost in the variety of colours that burst from the tulips alone. Hyacinths, narcissi, lilies, gerberas, and orchids are also located outside the main garden area. Mother Nature shows her artistry as rows of purple, pink, yellow, red, and orange dance before your very eyes. To describe the Keukenhof Gardens as breathtakingly beautiful would not do it justice. In addition to the main garden, seven gardens entitled the “Inspirational Gardens” are still inhabited by the Van Beieren family. A new garden called the “Be-Green” inspirational garden of Uncle Willem van Beieren has been created especially for its 2009 American theme. Furthermore, a display of the rooms in the Van Beieren family home can be viewed at the Oranje Nassau Pavilion.

The Keukenhof Gardens has other activities available for its visitors besides just keeping them continuously awestruck. One can watch a flower show, flower parade, or even participate in a workshop which gives you tips on how to photograph these flowers. Naturally, bike rental and guided tours are available.

Interestingly, the Keukenhof Gardens are only open for two months a year, from mid-March until mid-May. The rest of the year is spent landscaping and planting in the garden. The 7 million bulbs are planted by hand in the fall, and the fields of flowers outside the garden can be seen from alternative vantage points, as many people opt to rent bikes or drive alongside them. If you are a keen gardener, then a trip to Keukenhof Gardens is guaranteed to inspire you. Generally, all those who love flowers are destined to find a brand new admiration and respect for their beauty at the Keukenhof Gardens.

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When to Go to Keukenhof Gardens

The Keukenhof Gardens are open for approximately eight weeks a year in early spring, between March and May. The best time to visit is during mid-April when you will have a much better chance of seeing the flowers in full bloom.

Odds n' Ends

Keukenhof Gardens is open daily from 8:00 a..m to 7:30 p.m. and the cost of entry is approximately US$20 for adults and US$10 for children.

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