Saturday, March 27, 2010

Keukenhof: One of the World’s Most Beautiful Gardens

Keukenhof in Holland is truly one of the world’s most spectacularly beautiful gardens. As you walk beside millions of velvety, swaying tulips in thousands of colors in this magnificent setting, it easy to understand the centuries-old Dutch passion for this flower. The gardeners and designers at Keukenhof certainly know how to plant tulips and other flowering bulbs to show them at their best.

Thirty years ago, when I lived in The Netherlands, I would tell our visitors to come in mid-May in order to see Keukenhof and the vast rainbow fields of tulips at their peak. Today, the tulips and other bulb flowers are blooming earlier. We visited a couple of years ago at the end of April and, while Keukenhof was still spectacular, for most of the tulip fields around Haarlem the show was over for the year. Piles of cut flowers beside the rows were proof we were too late.

Check with Keukenhof about the timing, and if you ever have the chance to see this fabulous garden in bloom, do! It will lift your heart and fill you with awe.

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