5 interesting facts about Keukenhof Gardens 

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).

5 interesting facts about Keukenhof Gardens


#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 :-)


93 responses to “5 interesting facts about Keukenhof Gardens 

  1. I can’t even begin to imagine digging up all those bulbs and then replanting! A huge task and I wonder if they do it mechanically or manually. If manually, how many people and how long does it take? Wow!


    • That’s another question I asked myself. I know they have 30 gardeners working there full time during the whole year even if the park only opens for a few months. It would make more sense to remove them mechanically, especially since they replace the grass as well… but who knows !

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    • I’ve seen beautiful pictures of this tulip festival, I would love to visit one day :-) I’m sure I would love it ! The fields looked amazing. And I’ve seen that the region has some beautiful sunflowers fields during summer :-)

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  2. Great to know this :) I have been there on my first year living in the Netherlands and it was quite phenomenal..but have to say the tulips fields around Lisse were even better!


  3. Interesting fact about the bulbs! Would really suck for the person who has to dig all that up. kids would be perfect for digging. They would think they are digging for treasure. Beautiful pics too.


  4. Stunning images! I would love to visit. I’ve been to Amsterdam but never really ventured out of the city… one day I’ll get back to Europe to be able to explore more.


        • Difficult to choose between going back to a place or explore a new one ! At it is for me.. in a way, I would like to visit what I’ve missed, but on the other hand, I want to discover new countries!

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          • I know exactly what you mean. I think that’s why I’ve not been back in so long. We’ve been sticking to seeing more of Australia and nipped over to Thailand a few years back and New Zealand last year. The awesome thing about Europe is that everything is so close so you can cover quite a bit.


            • Agreed ! It’s not too difficult to go back to a place in Europe, because you can do it within a few days…but when the flight ticket cost several hundred of $ it’s another story ;-) You think twice :-)


    • I know, I was really shocked to hear that the bulbs were dug out. I can’t find the reason on internet, and on the official website, they just say they are destroying them but without giving the reason. Maybe Lucy would be able to tell us more about it, I asked her a question in a comment below, she has seen a video about it !

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  5. Unbelievable that they destroy the bulbs, never would have thought that!! Definitely wouldn’t fancy the job of digging them up – or planting them, but glad someone does because they’re stunning.


    • I think it’s quite interesting to know that despite the popular tulip culture, these flowers are not originated from the Netherlands. But I’m like you, I don’t really care where they are from, all I know is that I love their shape ;-)

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  6. Well, I have learned something about my country :) Very interesting! I should go to the tulip fields for a shoot and write a blog about that!

    Like you did :)

    Warm regards,


  7. Well I never knew where tulips originated from until now. Thank you for the beautifully illustrated facts! I must try to visit these beautiful displays when I make it to the Netherlands. I am certainly looking forward to the wonderful cycling culture there too! It is Mothers Day here, so thank you for the flowers. :-)


  8. Very informative post! I was surprised to find out the name’s meaning. Quite interesting story behind it.
    Even if the tulip fields are not part of the tour, it was definitely the best part of the day(except finding the car, and leaving the parking lot haha) :) Seeing purple and red fields, isn’t very common, so it was stunning!


  9. Fantastic colors. they look quite natural as if one would be there, and I appreciate your arrangement, it made me easier to see the variety of flowers. Thanks for a colorful journey (y)


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