This post is the third and the last of my series about Keukenhof Gardens, a wonderful spring garden located in the Netherlands. If you’ve missed my previous posts, you can still have a look at Keukenhof in white & Keukenhof in pink (and purple).
#1 Why is it called Keukenhof ?
Keukenhof means “Kitchen Court” in Dutch… , but where does it come from ? Well, apparently, to understand that name, we have to go back in time, to the 15th century. The land where the garden stands today was not used for farming or cultivation, but was dedicated to gathering herbs and spices for the kitchen of the Teylingen Castle nearby. So the “Kitchen Court” makes sense now, right ?
#2 For how long has it been opened ?
This year is the 66th opening to the public, quite impressive, isn’t it ? The mayor of Lisse organised the first Keukenhof exhibit in 1949. Visitor numbers have quickly increased over time, and last year, it has reached 1 million !
#3 What about the bulbs ? Where are they stocking them ?
Each year, the flowers bulbs are destroyed and serve as food for livestock. Can you imagine digging out these millions of bulbs by hand ?? According to the official website, seven million of flower bulbs are being planted annually in the park… that a lot of bulbs….
#4 Tulips seem very popular over there, are they originated from Holland ?
Even if Keukenhof houses a huge number of tulips, this flower is not originated from Holland. No, it comes from the Tian Shan mountain region of the Himalaya.
#5 Will I see the famous tulip fields inside ?
The Keukenhof doesn’t contain the long fields of tulips many visitors expect.. better to be warned ! If you want to have fun in the tulips fields, just stop at the village nearby, like we did in 2014 ;-)
If you have the chance, don’t hesitate to visit this beautiful place :-)