Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden
On 20 March 2015, Keukenhof will be opening its gates for the 66th time. When it closes eight weeks later, some 800,000 visitors from across the world will have visited the international flower exhibition.
Each year, thirty gardeners plant bulbs at reserved locations throughout the park. At the end of the season, these bulbs are harvested, and a new cycle of planting, blooming and harvesting begins again in the autumn. In order to ensure that Keukenhof always has a new look, the planting is redesigned every year. The plants are carefully selected so that visitors can enjoy bulbs in full bloom throughout the entire period Keukenhof is open.
Keukenhof inspires its visitors with a range of different styles of gardens and interiors, in which flower bulbs and bulb flowers always play a key role. The different parts of the park vary from the English landscape garden to the renovated Japanese country garden. The contemporary Spring Meadow offers surprising perspectives and exciting vistas and brings out the very best of the ancient trees. In the natural garden, shrubs and perennials are combined with naturalised bulbs. The historic garden is home to old varieties of tulip and uses these special varieties to demonstrate the tulip’s long journey prior to its arrival in the Netherlands.
The nine inspirational gardens give visitors the unique opportunity to gain ideas for their own gardens.
For children, Keukenhof has a maze, a playground, a Miffy house and a petting zoo. A treasure hunt takes them along the most beautiful places in the park.
Keukenhof has its own sculpture garden. A network of artists will be exhibiting around 150 pieces.
Flower shows at Keukenhof
The pavilions feature a changing selection of 30 flower and plant shows. And Keukenhof can do no other than give the tulip centre stage. But growers also exhibit a wide variety of flowers and plants in all different colours and shapes.
For years, Keukenhof has reserved the thousand square-metre Beatrix Pavilion specifically for orchids. This show is the most beautiful orchid show in Europe. Another traditional leading attraction is the lily show. In its 6,000 square metres, visitors can admire approximately 15,000 lilies in over 300 different varieties. For more information: http://www.keukenhof.nl