Keukenhof is a magnificent garden located in the South of Holland that stretches over 79 acres. Around 7 million flowers are planted at Keukenhof each year, provided by the best flower producers in Holland. When spring arrives, Keukenhof opens its doors to visitors and millions of people come to admire its beauty. The flowers are in full bloom from mid-March to mid-May and visitors from all around the globe come to enjoy their charm. Undoubtedly one of the most stunning gardens in the world, Keukenhof keeps the proud tradition of Dutch tulips alive.
Nowadays, tulips are firmly associated with Holland but they were firstly imported from The Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. During the Dutch Golden Age, the 17th century, the popularity of the flower grew. The Golden Age was a period of great wealth and the tulip actually became so popular and valuable that it was used as a currency, until the “tulip mania” bubble burst.
The history of Keukenhof also dates back to the 15th century,when the property was used to grow food for countess Jacqueline of Bavaria’s kitchen staff. Perhaps this is the reason it is still called Keukenhof today, which literally means “kitchen garden”. In 1641 a castle was build on the property and mid-19th Century the landscaping was made so that it looked like and English garden. In 1949 the custom of showcasing spring flowers began and twenty of Holland’s leading flower growers used the grounds to show of their product.
Over 800 different tulips are showcased in Keukenhof, which represent the cherished Dutch flowers very well. However, you can also find the hyacinth and narcissus among other bulbous flowers, which are all arranged in tidy and colorful rivers. Annually, over 100 suppliers contribute and bring their best bulbs to be planted. Not only is Keukenhof an wonderful photo opportunity but visiting will also teach you more about the amazing Dutch flower industry.
View some beautiful pictures from the ‘Keukenhof’: