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Keukenhof Gardens

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I remember the first time I walked through the gates into Keukenhof ….it took my breath away! I felt like a child in a candy shop – which way would I go? - and then on the way turning because I saw something else that caught my eye.

Keukenof is ‘the’ place to be if you want to see millions of bulbs blooming in spring but hurry – it’s only open for a very short period of time - usually March to May.

A bit of history… Keukenhof used to be an area for hunting and for collecting herbs for the castle, hence the name Keukenhof. After the death of Jacoba van Beieren, Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt, the new owners, invited landscape architects J.D. and L.F. Zocher to create a garden around the castle. This garden, in the English landscape style, has always been the essence of Keukenhof. The estate now belongs to a corporation, and on the initiative of the Lisse mayor of that time and a number of leading flower bulb growers and exporters, an open air flower exhibition was organized for the first time in 1949. It has bloomed ever since with over seven million bulbs planted each fall for their show the following spring.

Tens of thousands of tulips and narcissi are also in flower in the different pavilions where various indoor flower shows are. Each show focuses on a particular product group – from amaryllis and hydrangeas, to narcissi, asters and lilies. There are also examples of garden, balcony and terrace planting. The different demonstrations, unique flower arrangements and striking use of materials will fill you with inspiring ideas that you can use at home.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

Other expert and press reviews

“The Gardens of Keukenhof”

Keukenhof means ‘kitchen’ gardens but don’t be led astray, there is nothing domestic about the scale of this enterprise which sees seven million bulbs planted annually, including one thousand different tulip varieties. As the showcase of the immense Dut… Read more...

Written by  Kent Ross.

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I would like to order Calseolaria plugs

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Hi Alice, you can buy them from the RHS's online shop. Enjoy!

It is such a beautiful place. We have been there in 2008.

We spend one whole day exploring the garden.

One advice - bring enough battery and memory card for your camera.

how many flower bloom in the keukenof gardem each year

how many flower bloom each year in millions

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Approximately seven million!

best way from united states

i want to go. cant find travel mate. should i go alone, to amsterdam or lo

We recently visited Keukenhof in April 2009. A book of spectacular photos of the grounds was not available and our camera didn't do justice to this wonderful place. Can you suggest a "coffee table" type book featuring this unique place? Thank you.

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We saw the garden a couple of years ago and picked up an excellent book from the shop on the grounds which had photos taken over several years. Maybe if you contact them they'll be able to sell you one online or over the phone?

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