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The Keukenhof Gardens

- William

When you hear the word ‘Holland’, the first things to come to mind are often windmills, those oversized wooden shoes, and, most often, flowers.

Holland has been connected to the flower industry for a very long time, originating in the 17th century when flowers were used to keep households smelling nice. Today, Holland is the biggest flower exporter in the world, with a distribution system that keeps it ahead of competition from other countries. The culmination of Holland’s flower interest is undoubtedly the Keukenhof gardens, spanning sixty-nine acres of landscaped bulb gardens, with four and a half million tulips.

The garden overall contains nearly 7 million flowers, all planted by hand, along with 2500 trees in 87 species. The smell of the flowers is overwhelming, filling the air with scent. Besides the natural decoration, the beauty of the place is further accentuated with numerous sculptures decorating the paths. There are many pavilions, and even a playground. For lunch, there is a large cafeteria, where flowers can also be purchased.

This year, the Keukenhof is open from the 22nd of march  to the 20th of may,  including Sundays and holidays. The park opens at 8 in the morning, and closes at 7:30. You can purchase tickets at the Keukenhof website at http://www.keukenhof.nl/.  This is an experience that you will never forget, and an excellent place to photograph some of the worlds finest flowers.

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