For me, there is no better way to spend the day than being in a park or garden. I finally made it to the world’s largest flower garden. The Keukenhof…Can there be any place better?

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

The Keukenhof is in the Dutch countryside of Lisse, just outside of Amsterdam

 Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Although a bit early in the year for all of the trees to fully bloom, they are stately—almost naked. These majestic trees give the park height, and frame the garden well. The cherry trees are just beginning to show their blossoms.

Keukenhof

Over the lakes the trees are trimmed to sweep down into the water, with swans gliding effortlessly. How picturesque is this?

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Fabulous patches of daffodils and hyacinths, carefully planned out in planting beds everywhere. Not one wilted flower in the garden.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

The manicured landscape is in a handsome setting of streams, ponds, with an assortment of garden paths, and plenty of green grass. No weeds anywhere.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

                The push (reel) mowers can cut every blade of grass meticulously.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Spring has not yet sprung here, and I’m not sure where spring might be this week in Europe; the weather was chilly with a wind snapping across our face.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Strolling through this area is really relaxing despite people everywhere; we are all here for the same experience, and there is room for everyone on this 80-acre property. Surprisingly, many elderly in walkers and wheelchairs made their way; what a splendid outing it must have been for them.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

It seemed irreverent for the few people that brought their dogs, especially large dogs. I am a devoted dog lover but what are they to do when nature calls?

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

I definitely felt the positive effects of nature here; positive emotions, and restorative concentration. Not just clean air…this is a place to recover from stress.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

This year’s theme—Romance in Flowers is evident with the elements of English landscape and a Japanese country garden.  How do I describe it here? Enchanting, exceptional, and very romantic.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

While the flowers are exquisite, the grounds alone are rich in history. Once a 15thcentury hunting ground, and herb garden for the castle’s kitchen. In1949 the garden was established, and open to the public in 1950, making it 68 years old, and still going strong.

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

We missed the Orchid house; saved for next time. I’ve learned not everything can be viewed in one day. Besides, the timing of flowers is a bit tricky here; Keukenhof is only open for two months in springtime.

flowers

hay

Hard to imagine, possibly, a million people will be visiting within 8 weeks. Perhaps, we missed the warmer weather by one week.

Keukenhof pots

wall art

Isn’t this a great piece of wall art…fabulous take-away for any aspiring gardener…

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

After touring the outdoors, we warmed up inside the tulip pavilion. This is what I came for, and it didn’t disappoint me. One more beautiful than the next. Every color imaginable is here. I was shocked by the size of some tulips which are about 6 inches across.

Here are my favorites…

Keukenhof tulips

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Keukenhof tulips

Tulips

Keukenhof tulips

Keukenhof tulips

Put this garden park on your bucket list and come to Amsterdam, It is undeniably the best way to celebrate the end of winter, and the arrival of spring.

Keukenhof will be open March 21st – May 19th in 2019

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