Surrounded by Hollands famous tulip fields, the Keukenhof, meaning “kitchen garden”, is a 32 hectare or 80 acre spring garden with over 7 million flower bulbs in bloom and 800 varieties of tulips.
They have several “inspiration gardens” displaying current floral trends to give inspiration for your own garden at home. Some of these include the Insect garden, Amsterdam garden, Romantic garden, and the Selfie garden which was inspired by Van Gogh’s many self portraits.
Speaking of Van Gogh, the 2015 theme for the Keukenhof is Van Gogh as it is the 125th anniversary of his death. They have a full display coordinated around his paintings and even have a portrait of live blooms.
As I made my way through the blooms, I found secret alcoves, gazebos, ponds and cafes. Even the poppy field from The Wizard of Oz, probably. The place is massive so it’s easy to spend several hours, if not the entire day, exploring.
This is my favorite shot of the day. I love the colors in the tulip and the way it stands out from the smaller blooms. Gorgeous.
The only problem is, I feel like I desperately need this Matthew Williamson dress now.
The more I travel, the more I experience the joys and pains of travelling solo. I love being able to do what I want, whenever I want. I’m not slowed down or pressed on by companions. However, I’m not very good at taking selfies and the people I’ve been asking to take my photo have been equally photographically challenged. Oh well. C’est la vie.
The Keukenhof is truly magnificent and this post has only just scratched the surface. It’s only open from mid-March to mid-May but it’s well worth the trip. Maybe next time I’ll join these kayakers through the tulip fields!