Keukenhof is a beautiful Spring garden in Lisse in the Netherlands. It is open for 8 weeks each year as a showcase garden for the dutch growers from the region and beyond. We were lucky to be able to go in early April and I cannot recommend this garden enough to everyone!
Over seven million bulbs are planted in the Autumn by forty gardeners to create the most beautiful and colourful spectacle that awaits you as you enter the Keukenhof. This years theme is Flower Power and it is the 70th flower festival to be held here in Lisse. This is the place to enjoy Dutch tulips, hyacinths, anemones, daffodils, Fritillaria, crocus, Muscari and other spring flowering bulbs.
An unforgettable experience
The first thing that hits you as you park your car, is the smell; it is truly incredible! Imagine thousands of hyacinths mixed with other fragrant flowers and you will have some understanding of what I mean! The flower fields are all around the park; their colours shining out in the sunshine. You can visit the actual fields by boat, floating in and out along the canals that border the fields.
The floral displays were just stunning. Everywhere you looked there were new flowers to see and enjoy. I particularly enjoyed the mixed or more naturalistic planting styles of some of the displays. There were some amazing colour combinations too with bulk planting in strong colour combinations.
The Inspirational gardens
Dotted around the park, there were inspirational gardens to help you see how you could use the various displays in your own garden. I particularly loved The Ibiza Garden. It was so busy that I didn’t take many photographs but it was a pretty and chilled out space for relaxing and enjoyment. There were lots of beautifully planted pots which I could definitely see in my own garden.
A full day out
There was so much to see and do at Keukenhof that you could easily spend days here. There were indoor pavilions with orchids and cut flower displays. Children could follow a trail or play in the Miffy playground. You could learn all about the history of the the tulip and have one named after you! On a Saturday, you could even take a helicopter ride over the bulb fields and park. I must admit that I just there for the flowers and it was THE best garden for the heavenly scent alone, never mind the blooms in a rainbow of colours!
Flowers for every nation
I think everyone loves flowers, don’t they? We must have heard over 10 different languages whilst we were there. Every person there was taking photos, enjoying the flowers, looking for the names of the various tulips and taking in all the wonderful colours around them. The one thing that I found really sad was the small proportion of tourists crushing the blooms to take the ‘perfect’ shot. Apart from that, the crowds did not get in the way or spoil my joy at visiting this beautiful garden. I would absolutely recommend visiting but expect crowds and traffic jams! We went between 11am and 3pm which meant we missed the traffic around Amsterdam but found the park very busy. I would also recommend buying your tickets online so you can walk straight in.
I hope you enjoyed this snap shot of de Keukenhof. I took so many photos you may see more crop up on Instagram too!
Have you ever been to Keukenhof or to the bulb fields?
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.