Tulips! Tulips! Read all about them!
I’m a sucker for flowers, especially flowers that are beautifully arranged. If you love flowers, too, the best place to experience their allure is Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. Join the millions of visitors who travel to see the artistry at Keukenhof each year.
For about two months of every year, Keukenhof is open to the public. Approximately 7 million flowers span the 32 hectares of land. Hundreds of florists get together to plant their variety of tulip, the national flower of the Netherlands.
Each year, the park’s flowers follow a theme. The theme for Spring 2019 was “Flower Power,” and it had as much hippy-dippy influence as you’d imagine! The tulips are displayed in colorful patterns, such as rainbows, “flower girls,” huge flowers, and more. It is truly astonishing how many ways the tulips are planted.
Viewing the flowers on the park grounds is not the only way to do so. Inside the gardens are three buildings, each with their own take on the theme. To help express the Flower Power theme, a few old VW vans were on display, along with many psychedelic prints, bright colors, and other bohemian decorations. The buildings not only offered floral exhibitions; food and drinks were available for purchase. Be forewarned, the food can be quite pricey, so you may want to pack a lunch to save yourself a few bucks.
The “Flower Power” theme radiated throughout the gardens in more areas than just the interior areas. Near the exit of the park was a “flower girl,” butterfly, and large flower made out of tulips. You could only see the pattern from above, so it was a great surprise!
There is a traditional Dutch windmill on the grounds. You can go inside of it and get a breathtaking view of the colorful rows of tulips. Unfortunately, the flowers had died before I had gotten to visit them.
Located next to the windmill, you can purchase tickets for a canal ride. I did not take a canal ride due to inclement weather, but I can only imagine that it would be another spectacular way to enjoy the tulips.
Tulips were not the only flowers on display at Keukenhof. I was happy to see many Calla Lillies, which are my favorite flower.
If you like what you read, be sure to visit next year. Keukenhof will be open from 21 March to 10 May 2020. Online tickets for adults are €17.50 and tickets for children are €9.00. If you choose to drive, car parking costs €6.00. For more information about Keukenhof and on how to plan your visit, check here.
Fun Fact: The tulip bulbs are planted with the latest-blooming flower on the bottom and the earliest-blooming flower on the top to ensure there are flowers for the duration of the season.
Until my next adventure,