It’s a paradise of flowers, a wonder of the world, and a place that should be on every traveler’s bucket list whether they like flowers not. (Does anybody out there not like flowers?!) Let’s just say that this fabulous sight will inspire absolutely everyone!
Imagine this: a huge, gracious garden set beside flowing streams and lightly shaded by gracious trees becomes a veritable explosion of flowering color every spring. It’s not just tulips that bloom there, although saying ‘just’ is an understatement – you won’t believe the variety of gorgeous colors you’ll see. Daffodils, grape hyacinths, fritillaria and every spring bulb imaginable parade in a series of magnificent blooms that begins in mid‐March and continues into May. Also did you know that DutchGrown supplies flower bulbs each year for Keukenhof?! We are very proud and honored to be part of such a project that is executed with such beauty and expertise.
One of the biggest flower gardens of all time
Keukenhof is no longer the world’s biggest flower garden. That honor now goes to Dubai’s ‘Miracle Garden’, but no other garden can boast a setting that’s quite as lovely as Keukenhof in spring. It occupies 32 hectares planted with beautiful, sweeping beds containing approximately 7 million flower bulbs. One visit won’t be enough to take it all in, especially if you want to stop and smell the flowers!
Don’t expect to see long rows of commercial plantings. Keukenhof is a true garden laid out as a showcase for some of the loveliest flowers in the world. Hyacinths vie with tulips in a myriad of colors, sweeps of flowers follow the ornamental streams, and meadows of blooms display their beauty beneath magnificent trees.
Back in the 15th century, Keukenhof was a hunting ground for the affluent. Later, it housed a herb garden, and in the 17th century it was part of Castle Keukenhof’s grounds. Serious landscape design began in the 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1949 that mayor of nearby Lisse decided that it was the perfect place for Dutch growers to show off their bulb varieties. This idea proved to be a stroke of sheer genius, and the rest is history.
A tour of Keukenhof
Take a stroll on your own, choose a guided tour or take a silent ‘whisper boat’ along the waterway to see the beauties of Keuekenhof. You’ll soon see why the Dutch are in love with their beautiful flower bulbs, because you’ll be absolutely blown away but the sights you’ll see. Needless to say, bringing a camera along is an absolute must!
Any time for mid‐March to May is a good time to visit, but if you want to see the biggest variety of tulips in a garden setting ever, then mid‐April is usually the best time to choose.
Taking Keukenhof home with you
Chances are, you won’t have 32 hectares of gardens to plant, but every bed of blooms brings its own inspirations. Discover wonderful combinations of spring bulbs, see which tulip colors and varieties work best together, and look at the way the space is designed to gain home‐grown inspiration.
Once you’ve seen Keukenhof, you won’t be able to resist devoting a corner of your garden – or even the whole garden ‐ to a riot of spring‐flowering bulbs. And the tulips? You’ll be getting DutchGrown bulbs for sure! But which of the more than 600 varieties of tulips you saw will you choose?