Are you dreaming of spring? Let me take you on an escape to the most beautiful spring garden in the world: Keukenhof. I had long dreamed of seeing the famous Keukenhof gardens in Holland which seemed to have seas of flowering bulbs. A few years ago I did make the dream come true and Keukenhof was truly an unforgettable experience. It is still one of my favorite trips. The garden was designed in 1857 as an ornamental garden for Castle Keukenhof. It has been open to the public since 1950 and features more than 7 milion bulbs in bloom with more than 800 varieties of tulips to dazzle one’s imagination. The garden is set in 32 expansive hectares in beautiful established woods with 15 kilometers of foot paths meandering throughout. Large swaths of flowering bulbs enchant in gorgeous woodland vistas with centuries old beeches. In 2018 the show is open from March 22nd to May 13th and this year’s theme is “Romance in Flowers.” Keukenhof is an easy 45 minute commute on public transit from Amsterdam. On the short journey, you will pass by the bulb farms with field upon field of tulips planted in large swaths of one color. That sight alone is worth the trip. Join me for a visit to Keukenhof!
On the way to Keukenhof from Amsterdam, you will travel by the bulb growing farms with fields of colorful tulips grown in huge carpets of bright color. The second day we returned to the gardens, they were plowing down all the flowers as these farms were bulb farms and the flowers were cut off to conserve the bulb’s energy!
To give you an idea of the expanse of the Keukenhof rivers of bulbs, yours truly is posing in one small garden section.
The grounds of Keukenhof boast several water ways with the embanquements bursting with colorful plantings. Doesn’t this take your breath away?Keukenhof also has some display gardens and exhibiition areas ,indoors and out. Spring trees in bloom also abound. It is the displays of flowering bulbs planted in natural settings that attracted me to Keukenhof. The grounds are in an arboretum setting which gives the gardens a naturalistic appeal.
For additional information, please visit the official Keukenhof site HERE.
For additonal reading on the history of Keukenhof on Wikipedia please click here.
Photo credits to my friend Pam with whom I love traipsing through gardens.