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May 16, 2019

Not Just Any Flower Arrangement…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the things that the Netherlands is famous for is of course the Tulip.

From the height of it’s power in the 16th and 17th centuries,  a single bulb was apparently traded for a property and for sums four hundred times the annual wage of a farm labourer.

These flowers still draw attention today, pulling in over a million tourists annually, coming to see the more than seven million blooms in the world famous “Keukenhof’.

Covering and area of some 32 hectares (79 acres) This is a serious day out, with not just tulips on show but also hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many other flowers.

Some are displayed in large pavilions, there is everything here for people to enjoy, from amateur to professional gardener.

You don’t have to be a gardener of course, just enjoying the blooms for their colours, shapes, patterns, size and beauty is the description that fits the vast majority of the Keukenhof’s guests. One thing that almost all visitors enjoy is getting their cameras out and documenting the amazing themes that the flowers are laid out in. Floral rivers in blue hyacinths and spectacular complicated patterns made from banks of tens of thousands of blooms captivate everyone from the most basic photographer to those most skilled behind the lens. Here during the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture festival, the artists have tried to capture the essence of the exhibition and the beauty of the flowers.  The information board translates as:

‘The Keukenhof’, ‘The Keukenhof is the most beautiful spring park in the world. More than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths turn 32 hectares into a feast of fragrance and colour. The Keukenhof is not just an exhibition of flower bulbs:  one can visit an inspiration garden featuring the newest trends. With reference to the year of “De Stijl” a beautiful flower mosaic has been created, inspired by a painting by Mondriaan. Dutch design is characterized by no-nonsense innovation.’

Be they illustrated in sand or the real thing seen in person, one thing is for sure; checking out the Keukenhof is well worth the trip because this is not just any flower arrangement.

Dutch | Holland Tourism / The Keukenhof / Lisse / The Netherlands

Wikipedia / The Keukenhof / Flower Exhibition / Lisse / The Netherlands

Wikipedia / Tulip

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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