Thursday, May 22, 2014

Keukenhof - Netherlands

Just a few days ago, Paula returned from a "crazy trip" - that's how she called it, to the Netherlands and England. I know her and I know who she was with, so I trully believe it was a nice crazy trip :)  
One of the places she visited in the Netherlands was Keukenhof, known as the Garden of Europe, is the world's second largest flower garden. is located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. 
According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres). 
Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.

Keukenhof is situated on 15th-century hunting grounds. It was also a source of herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut's castle, which is the source of the name Keukenhof (it served to provide herbs for the castle's kitchen). Rich merchants took over the grounds after the Countess's death.
The garden was established in 1949 by the then-mayor of Lisse. The idea was to present a flower exhibit where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could show off their hybrids – and help the Dutch export industry (the Netherlands is the world's largest exporter of flowers). - in: wikipedia

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