"LENTETUIN ('SPRING GARDEN') OF..." Keukenhof Tip by neopetsfan

Keukenhof, Haarlem: 5 reviews and 5 photos


In the spring Keukenhof is naturally THE flower attraction of Holland. In the 32 ha park millions of bulb flowers bloom in all colors of the rainbow for eight weeks. This year marks the first time thousands of tulips and other bulb flowers can be admired in the new expansion area including the Oranje Nassau Pavilion.

The flower bulbs for Keukenhof are supplied by some one hundred companies. The bulbs are planted by about thirty gardeners from the end of September until the first frost. Keukenhof has been using layered planting for the past ten years to ensure that plenty of color can be seen throughout the entire park from March until May. This means that the bulbs are planted on top of each other. First come the late-blooming tulips, deepest in the ground, above them the early-blooming tulips, above them the crocuses. This way, colors show three times at the same spot in the park, from early in the season until late in the season. In addition to the millions of flower bulbs that are planted, more than 6,500 kilos of grass seed are sown each year in order to cultivate a fresh green lawn beside the colorful splendor of the flowers.

Art at Keukenhof
Art plays a prominent role in Keukenhof. It creates harmony between nature and culture. A permanent sculpture exhibit can be admired in the park, showing works of art like 'Het Ruiterbeeld' (The Horseman Statue) by P. Koning, 'Dynamisch Evenwicht' (Dynamic equilibrium) by C. van Kervel, also called 'Witte Bollen' (White bulbs), 'De Kangaroe' (The Kangaroo) by Vermeer, 'Het Dolfijntje' (The Little Dolphin) by B. De Clerq-Brinkgreve, 'Zesdelige Vorm' (Six-part Form) by G. Bruning and 'Gehurkte Vrouw' (Squatting Woman) by N. Jonk. There is also a sculpture trail in the park. In addition to the sculptures, painting and photo exhibits are shown in different pavilions.

Theme gardens
The flower presentations in Keukenhof are not only there to be admired. They are also meant as a source of inspiration, so that people can start working with bulbs themselves. In different gardens the themes of color, smell, renaissance, abstract style, water and borders are each elaborated in a specific garden, on a small and simple scale that can be applied at home. Questions about planting spring and summer bulbs and perennials, and also about starting and maintaining a garden can be answered at the information stand. In the Nature garden, bulb and tuberous plants are combined with perennials in a natural setting. These bulbs and perennials run wild, creating a natural equilibrium. That also happens in the Music Garden, fit into the area between the old mill and the Koningin (Queen) Beatrix Pavilion, somewhat removed from the busy trails. In this garden which contains, among other things, some special bulb plants, music can be heard along the wood-chip trail and the pond. In the Historical Garden, through wooden doors, visitors step back into history to the time of the Middle Ages. In this 'secret' walled garden all types of special old bulb pants and kitchen herbs are cultivated. Sometimes it seems that Jacoba van Beieren herself may step into the garden with her entourage. Besides there is a maze at the expansion area. The Japanese Garden in Keukenhof, laid out in the vicinity of the mill. It is a modern garden, with a much more playful design then traditional Japanese gardens. The layout is done in close cooperation with the Hanakairo Park in Tottori, Japan and the garden is a symbol of the 400-year-old relationship between Japan and Holland. During Zomerhof 2000 the Japanese Garden has been officially opened.

'Bollebozen' route
Keukenhof features numerous attractions for children. The Bollebozen (clever clogs) route, takes the younger visitors on a fun-filled quest of questions and trivia that will make them true clever clogs. The route pamphlets are free and can be obtained at ticket or information counters. Children who return the questions to any of the information counters can pick up their surprise gift. There is also in the park a labyrinth, a play meadow and an animal pasture.

Indoor exhibits
In the spring, an abundance of flowers is not only found outdoors at Keukenhof. In the different pavilions all types of flower exhibits can be admired, the Flower Parades. The permanent Orchid Exhibit in the Koningin Beatrix Pavilion where more species of bamboo can be found.

For more information go to: Spring Flower Parades

Bulb outlets
Six bulb outlets can be found in the park during spring, where visitors can order a bulb package they can put together themselves. These are automatically shipped in October. In addition, two flower shops offer a wide assortment of cut flowers. In the park there are also countless shops with an extended assortment of souvenirs of Keukenhof and Holland. Various photo accessories are also available here.

To take a moment to quietly enjoy all impressions of the spring show, visitors may go to one of our restaurants or several outdoor buffets in the park.

Directions: Keukenhof is situated in the town Lisse.
Website: http://www.keukenhof.nl/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 12, 2002
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