Epistle from Keukenhof in Holland

When we were in Holland some five years ago we went to Keukenhof on a quickie bus tour. We were flabbergasted and vowed to return. Well here we are in Holland celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary AND we are going to Keukenhof. What is Keukenhof?

“History of Keukenhof

The history of Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren [Jacqueline of Bavaria] (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegetables from the Keukenduin [kitchen dunes] for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate grew to encompass an area of over 200 hectares.

Landscape architects Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who also designed Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, redesigned the castle gardens in 1857. That park, in the English landscape style, still constitutes the basis of Keukenhof.

In 1949 a group of 20 leading flower bulb growers and exporters came up with the plan to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs, signalling the birth of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park opened its gates to the public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. 2019 will be the 70th edition of Keukenhof, with Flower Power as its theme. During the past 69 years Keukenhof has developed into a world-famous attraction.”

I have no idea how many pics we took on the freezing day (sharp north wind and temp of 40 degrees) when we went. We are staying in Haarlem and it is a mere 40 minute bus ride on Holland’s superb public transport system. This is what hits you in the eye when you walk to the pavilions – giant glass houses:

[Click on any photo to bring up gallery and see the colours of the flowers]

There are several very large pavilions, This one was virtually all orchids:

99% of the plants in this pavilion are orchids

99% of the plants in this pavilion are orchids

The density of the colour of the orchid got me

The density of the colour of the orchid got me

Another stunning orchid

Another stunning orchid

The next pavilion we went in had the theme of “Flower Power”:

We didn’t get to see the flower arrangement pavilion nor did Sarah order any bulbs. The weather IS getting warmer so we hope that when we go back just before we come home many more of the beds will be in full bloom.