Keukenhof Gardens

IMG_2673IMG_2636A feast for the eyes and a balm to the soul.  I couldn’t take enough pictures!  The Netherlands has been growing tulips for 400 years and those Dutch people know how to ‘do’ bulbs!  Centuries ago, tulips were so valuable that a single bulb was worth as much as a canal house in Amsterdam!  At Keukenhof Gardens (near Lisse, Netherlands) 100 participating companies showcase their living catalog of bulbs.  Every year, beginning in September, 7 million bulbs are planted – all by hand!  IMG_2625There are 30 gardeners and it takes 3 months to plant all the bulbs.  This park is only open for 8 weeks – during the bloom time of the bulbs:  daffodils, hyacinths and tulips.  When the park closes for the season all the bulbs are dug up and destroyed.

Hoping to avoid crowds, we intentionally visited the park on a weekday and in addition to all the privately owned vehicles, there were 30 tour buses in the parking lot when we ended our visit.  However, with the exception of simply getting through the entrance, it never felt crowded.

IMG_2693On our drive from The Hague to the Keukenhof Gardens we passed numerous farm fields growing colorful bulbs.  It looked like a rainbow in the fields.  The Netherlands exports 45 million flowers…every day!

This post is dedicated to my friends who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring!

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6 thoughts on “Keukenhof Gardens

  1. foodessen

    So beautiful, you got some great photos!I love the one with the reflection in the water. Tulips are my favorite flower 🙂

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  2. Verna Narwold

    I enjoy tulips. . . have some on my table right now. . . wish they lasted longer, but well!! Thanks for sharing your pictures Terri and letting us tour the world with you.

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  3. Lisa Are Wulf

    Hi Terri – Wow – what lovely pictures. I’ll bet it was really fun to see all these flowers!
    Sure enjoyed seeing you at St. Luke’s the other day. We certainly wish you and your family all the best! Lisa (and Calvin)

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    1. terrimoore65 Post author

      Thanks Lisa. It was glorious to see all the colorful flowers! It was wonderful seeing you and quickly catching up. Thanks for the well-wishes, and same to you!

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