In March 2017 we visited a most inspiring Garden, the Keukenhof Garden near Haarlem Netherlands. It is one of those places you would want to 2 plan your trip around. It’s only open from late March until late May. But wow what a sight. They must plant millions of bulbs. Lucky for me my husband had a work trip at the end of March.
The Keukenhof actually dates back to the 15th century. When a castle the Teylingen castle was built in 1641. In 1949 flower bulb Growers decided to use the estate to exhibit their spring-flowering bulbs. And so began the Spring Park. With almost 100 suppliers, and an awesome landscape architect, designs for each exhibitor can be seen throughout the Park.
Getting there was easy even without a car. A bus drops you off near the entrance along Fields where tulips are growing. As you enter you are welcomed with masses of yellow and white daffodils. Our visit was on the first weekend it was open in 2017. It was a wonderfully crisp sunny day. Although most trees were still dormant the green grass and colorful bulbs made you think of Summer. I was so excited to see the iconic hillside’s of repeating patterns amongst tall bear in trees. Here and there along its waterways white swans make little waves. The manicured lawns hold so rainbow after rainbow of tulips and crocus. Who can forget the round beds of hyacinths in pink, white and purple.
In the exhibit hall, a marching band greeted us amongst display after display of hundreds of colors of flowers. Some of these, as big as my hubby’s big hand!
Have you ever seen a tulip of tulips?