I remember that sunny morning of April 2008 when I visited Keukenhof with my colleagues from Pakistan. Keukenhof is the world's largest flower garden where approximately 7,000,000 (seven million) flower bulbs are planted annually.

It's located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. Bus can be catched from train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol to access this bulbous paradise.

Kaukenhof was established by mayor of Lisse in 1949, to promote the Netherlands flower export industry ( Netherlands is the world's largest flower exporter now).

It opens normally from the last week of March to mid-May. In 2008 when I visited, it was opened from 20 March to 18 May. While in 2010, it will be open from 18 March to 16 May according to its official website.

This historic park is spread colorfully over a big land piece of 32 hectare with 15 kilometers of footpaths. It's very well planned and enormously filled with blooming tulips, hyacinths, irises, daffodils and other spring bulbs.

The area where it's situated is also know as the "Dune and bulb Region" (Dune- en Bollenstreek in Dutch). The flowers fields outside the garden are evidence of this.

This park is also quite visible through following video.

Overall, this was a great experience and I enjoyed it very much. I get excited by the magnificent specs of color whenever I remember this exquisite work of art and nature. I strongly recommend that take your camera along on this unique experience to get it with you for your whole life.


21 Response to 'Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden'

  1. Evelyn Howard
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256334257726#c1341787840236985831'> October 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Thanks for showing us this amazing place. Your photos are beautiful. I love the colours and the space. Have a nice weekend.


  2. Catherine@AGardenerinProgress
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256348940627#c3113679847980323579'> October 23, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Wow! That is just beautiful. 7 million bulbs, I can't imagine the time it would take to plant in the patterns they have. I bet it smelled wonderful.


  3. Tootsie
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256350256531#c4015297197231050006'> October 23, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    this would be a great place to tour!
    now..you asked about the cactus seeds...I got mine in the grocery store one day...you can usually get them where ever seeds are sold...or online at Vesseys or Stokes. I put them on top of the soil...watered from below...and put a clear glass plate on top to keep them warm and moist...now...it takes forever to get them to sprout but the way they develop is just so neat!


  4. Wendy
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256350374101#c2392924681851344908'> October 23, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    a bulbous paradise indeed! Can you imagine how much is going on under the soil level at that place?

    It's so neat and tidy too. I bet it's just stunning in the spring!


  5. Anonymous
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256389682250#c5372968353290380107'> October 24, 2009 at 6:08 AM

    That's beautiful, thanks for sharing.


  6. lynn'sgarden
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256428819876#c6395936001222393922'> October 24, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Saif, your photos absolutely did justice to this amazing public garden! I would give anything to visit Holland one day during peak bulb season. Seven million? Unfathomable!


  7. azplantlady
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256429731255#c4761664940492175785'> October 24, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Well, here is another great reason for me to visit Holland. We have friends there who have been encouraging us to visit.

    The gardens are spectacular. I particularly love the blue colored flowers. Thank you for a great post.


  8. James Missier
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256545543964#c6056035095364012961'> October 26, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    I really love to see those blue flowers - truly refreshing!!! Thanks for sharing.


  9. Rosey Pollen
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256571583885#c1277394359976157041'> October 26, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    That is the garden I want to see before I die! I love bulbs. Thanks for sharing.


  10. LeSan
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256673993193#c6169644134589735156'> October 27, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    7 million bulbs? Well that certainly puts things into perspective. I start whining at 600. I bet this is a wonderful and intoxicating place to visit!


  11. Tootsie
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256696047044#c8306201318466619474'> October 27, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    thanks for following my garden photo blog...I don't post to it much...I use the tootsietime.com one all the time


  12. Rogelio
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1256921228099#c3927623477536098472'> October 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    good blog
    greeting of spain


  13. Wendy
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1257389381692#c2178869910719496985'> November 4, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Hi Saif,

    I'm about to tag you with an Honest Scrap award. See my blog for details!


  14. Dreamybee
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1257415008434#c2487390631697486083'> November 5, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Beautiful! I would love to visit some day. Thanks for sharing your pictures.


  15. Shady Gardener
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1257909466847#c3255460847537863480'> November 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    What absolutely beautiful gardens. You must have been quite inspired! Thank you for sharing the photos and your comments. :-)


  16. yonatan
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1262532995228#c1801138279143141181'> January 3, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    it is absolutely impressive!!


  17. yonatan
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1262533091072#c7686456634247668015'> January 3, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    it is absolutely impressive!


  18. Anonymous
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1269099730561#c5195669511427232535'> March 20, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Saif Malik u r doing a marvellous job. Keep it up and visit again and again with me and my husband (NOOSHEEN MEHDI).


  19. flower Philippine
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1274855004001#c2843682835239393949'> May 25, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Wonderful' Wish I can also go there to see that personally. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post.



  20. Fozia
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1282816268200#c901101223579011404'> August 26, 2010 at 2:51 AM

    It's a very good article...Flowers are the most beautiful gift for your loved one's ...


  21. talat
    http://hortist.blogspot.com/2009/10/keukenhof-worlds-largest-flower-garden.html?showComment=1282903655172#c1654763017248759582'> August 27, 2010 at 3:07 AM

    wooooow its very beautiful posting i really like it...Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.


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