Keukenhof: 7 Million Tulips (800 Varieties) in 79 Acres (pictures by paula and Trish)
Trish and I picked the best day of the week (18c) to visit the Keukenhof (“Kitchen garden”, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It is situated in Lisse, which was just about a twenty minute drive from our house near Leiden. We ordered our tickets on line and walked right into an amazing and ever changing scenery. We were like a ‘kid in a candy shop.’ We are so fortunate that our assignment coincides with the best time of the year to see tulips.
Keukenhof: An Idea that Grew!
A little research on my part and I found out that Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641. Overtime, the estate grew to an area of 200 hectares or 79 acres. It was in 1949 that a group of 20 flower bulb exported came up with the idea of establishing a permanent expedition of spring-flowering bulbs. Today, it has not only tulips but many varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs and bushes.
Gardens and four pavilions show a fantastic collection of: tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many other flowers
The park opened its gates to the public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. There is a different theme each year and Trish and I were viewing “The Golden Age” theme. During our walks and coffee breaks we chatted with visitors from many countries. It was a memorable day and one that we would definitely repeat.