A 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! There 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.
On 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!