A festival of Spring
Now, I enjoy the pleasure of seeing the first spring bulbs emerging through the soil in my garden, but the feat of planting over 7 million bulbs in Keukenhof is one tulip too far.
It is quite astounding when you wander through the entrance to see the shock of magnificent colour before you, row after row of meticulously laid out beds.
It’s not surprising that this beautiful garden welcomes 1 million visitors each Spring, from near and far within just an 8-week window.
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I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
Every year a theme is chosen for the park and in 2017, the 68th year that Keukenhof has opened its gardens to the public, the theme was ‘Dutch Design’, celebrating famous Dutch artists such as Mondriaan & Rietveld.
Time to discover
The gardens are designed for you to meander around as you wish, no particular route or rules. Grab yourself a free pop-up map when you enter the grounds and off you go.
Try not to underestimate the time spent around the grounds, it is so easy for hours to disappear, enjoy yourself, bring a picnic and take the whole day to explore.
Not only are there an abundance of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths waving at you delicately in the breeze for you to admire, the lake and waterways are equally pleasant to meander around.
Be brave and take a leap of faith across the stepping stones in the lake.
An assault on your senses
Just a little climb
A visit to Keukenhof wouldn’t be complete without climbing the windmill to admire the view across the bulb fields.
A few more tulips
Just in case you are not all ‘tuliped’ out, here are few more of our favourite shots.
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Something for everyone
There is so much more to be discovered as you continue zigzagging through the shady gardens with their Acers and the manicured Buxus in the walled garden.
Children will enjoy the playground and petting zoo.
If you have a bit of time on your hands yourself, indulge in a game of giant chess or lose yourself in the maze.
Time for a rest
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