Keukenhof park

In the small Dutch town of Liss, the world famous Keukenhof Park is spread. For his royal greatness and charm, he long and deservedly received a different name for the Garden of Europe.

In Keukenhof, onion flowers are offered by 90 of the best selection firms, in fact this is the main exhibition of the world in this field of floriculture, and it is very honorable to be represented here.

This is one of the best flower parks on our planet, a festival of tulips and bulb plants. An unusual spring atmosphere reigns here, everything around is replete with and fragrant.

It can take a whole day to visit Keukenhof, because this is a unique sight for viewers of literally all ages. Imagine a territory the size of 40 football fields (32 hectares), on which about 7 million flowers grow (of which 4.5 million tulips are 1600 varieties) and 2500 trees (87 species).

In the 15th century, hunting grounds and a small garden of Countess Jacoba van Beieren were located on this place, in which spicy herbs and greens were collected for preparing game dishes. Since then, the area has received the name "Keukenhof" (from the Dutch "kitchen garden"). The countess lived a short (36 years), but glorious life: she loved to hunt, managed to take part in several wars, go to prison, and change four husbands.

In the mid-19th century, Keukenhof moved to the wealthy family of Baron Van Pallandt. They entrusted the arrangement of the garden to the famous landscape architects - father and son Zocher, who had previously designed the design of the Vondelpark Amsterdam park. The project they created with small hills and paths, artificial canals and bridges, lakes and ponds, neat tree planting and even a Dutch mill, provided for the concept of the English landscape style, which is preserved to this day.

In 1949, the burgomaster of Lisse supported the initiative of onion flower breeders to hold the first open-air exhibition here to demonstrate the assortment and quality of plants. Since then, this event has become very popular, at the same time attracting visitors and bringing good income to flower growers.

Like most of the best botanical gardens in the world, the Keukenhof garden and park ensemble combines several thematic zones: historical, musical, natural and Japanese.

The historic garden has preserved the pristine medieval English style and the 400-year-old history of the tulip cultivation culture. It is not very large in area, but leaves no one indifferent. There is a pond with overgrown green shores and amazingly beautiful flower meadows. And only the correct geometric shapes of flower beds give out a man-made origin of such a natural beauty.

In the music garden, admiring nature is harmoniously complemented by musical accompaniment.

If you want to feel the atmosphere of an old forest with centuries-old trees, welcome to the natural garden, where their majesty is reflected in mirror ponds framed by shrubs and bulbous plants.

In the Japanese garden, you can speculate and philosophize under the soothing rustle of leaves and the murmur of water in streams.

Keukenhof park captivates visitors not only with a variety of tulips of all kinds and varieties, there are three greenhouses with exquisite flowers that 24 gardeners look after and create them floral arrangements.

Greenhouses and expositions are named after the royal people of Holland, thereby emphasizing the special caring attitude of their representatives to this flower garden.

In one of them, "Oranje Nassau" grow roses, freesia, calla lilies, gerberas, tulips, carnations, daffodils, irises, alstromerias, chrysanthemums, lilacs. Another “Beatrix” is completely surrendered to the kingdom of orchids. The third "Willem Alexander" was chosen by roses, hyacinths, lilies, amaryllis, hydrangeas, as well as potted plants.

Varieties of tulips in the park have their own plates with a detailed description, there are registered ones related to Russia. For example, several years ago there were huge orange flowers named after Svetlana Medvedeva.

A distinctive symbol by which the Keukenhof park is recognized throughout the world is an old mill. It was built at the end of the 19th century in the Dutch Groningen to drain swampy lowlands. In 1957, the mill was presented and installed in the park, then it was restored in 2008, and since then it has risen above the flower fields as an observation deck, giving visitors excellent views. She still acts and surprises guests with the old method of grinding flour.

From the mill along the canal you can take a romantic boat ride, enjoy the colorful fields and make excellent photos.

The alleys are decorated with sculptures by famous masters of different eras, and the local color of the Dutch village perfectly complements the local pet farm. There are also many waterfalls, streams, ponds and lakes, the shores of which are connected by more than 40 pretty bridges and bridges.

Guests will enjoy an exhibition of ancient royal hats, a children's world, a labyrinth, a game meadow, an English tea pavilion, souvenir and flower shops, cafes, restaurants and much more. There is a museum of black tulip - the eternal and so far unfulfilled dream of all onion breeders.

There is also a lot of interesting things for children here: a contact zoo, a playground, a fairy-tale house of the rabbit Miffy - the heroine of children's books by the Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna. Tales of her adventures are translated into 40 languages of the world, including Russian.

Floral arrangements, garden sights and sculptures by eminent masters, which are real works of art, are connected by numerous garden paths, the total length of which is 15 km. For a better view and protection of the surrounding nature, the park is allowed to move only on foot or by bicycle.

A walk among a variety of bright colors and an enchanting combination of aromas of flowers can be compared to a treatment session. It is not surprising that many come here repeatedly in order to mentally improve their health, feel unique inspiration and relax surrounded by amazing nature.

Keukenhof park is open to visitors only two months a year, from late March to late May, but during this time more than 1.5 million tourists from around the world manage to visit it. According to experts, it is best to admire tulips in mid-April, in favorable weather.

It was at this time in the Garden of Europe that "Bloemencorso Bollenstreek" was held - a kind of competition between designers in the composition of flower arrangements. Moreover, the idea of the exhibition changes every season and is dedicated to a specific topic.

In 2016, the exposition was called the "Golden Age" and was dedicated to Holland's heyday. In 2017, it was called “Dutch Design”, famous for its poise in combination with innovative innovations. And in 2018, "Romance in Flowers" dominated, glorifying romantic relationships and home gardening.

At the end of the next exhibition, in June, gardeners begin planting and preparing for the next season, realizing the compositional ideas of garden designers and selecting flowers and plants for this.

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