Gardens play a very important part in people’s lives. Gardens at home, in the park, or in any place in the world give people a sense of peace, something that keeps them calm in the middle of noise and bustle of city life. The trees, plants, flowers, and small passageways come together to form peace and a nourishing atmosphere that makes us relaxed and composed.
Also known as “Kitchen Garden” and “Garden of Europe,” Keukenhof—located near the town of Lisse, Netherlands—holds a special label that makes it a popular tourist destination—it’s the largest flower garden in the world. Imagine being in a place that’s literally a wonderland of blooming gifts of nature. Every year, an estimate of more than seven million flower bulbs are planted in this 32-hectare dreamland, so you are assured of more flowers that you can possibly handle.
The space of this Netherlands garden used to he a hunting ground in the 15th century. This is also a place that provided herbs for the castle of Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut (thus the name Keukenhof or “kitchen garden”). After her death, rich merchants took over, and this Holland garden started to be designed by talented landscape architects, which include J.D. and L.P. Zocher, the same designers of the equally beautiful Amsterdam Vondelpark.
As Holland is known for its beautiful flowers, this place has some of the best blooms to offer: daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, breathtaking spring bulbs, etc. This park also has a 15-kilometer footpath, so you’ll be in for lots of magnificent walks. There are about 4.5 million tulips of approximately a hundred varieties. The impressive thing about this park is that the more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted by hand—which makes things all the more inspirational and undoubtedly beautiful.
Going to this massive garden needs some careful planning, as it only opens in Spring every year. The season usually begins late March until late may, so these are the months that you need to pay attention to if you’re planning on visiting. Check the schedule first before making plans, because you’d want to see the place in its full glory.
Aside from the lovely flowers and tress, some of the activities in store for Keukenhof visitors are:
Art Exhibitions - this park is a great place to see great artworks and installations by talented artists. So aside from the breathtaking sights of flowers, you’ll also be able to see some some amazing works of art.
Cycling and Sailing – You can also do some cycling, and sailing around the garden, for it offers tours and bike rentals for you to be able to explore the place more.
Flower Shows – a great way to learn about and marvel at the flowers that this place has to offer are the garden’s flower shows. Here, growers celebrate shows that exhibit the best of Holland’s blooming treasures.
The Flower Parade – this is one of the most-awaited activities that happen in the garden each year. The Flower Parade (which will happen on April 21, 2012), is a parade of remarkable floats covered with different kinds of flowers. This is one of the most beautiful festivals in the country, so being a part of this will definitely be something you’ll never forget.