Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! There are more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. An unique and unforgettable experience!
Theme for 2016
The Keukenhof theme for 2016 is “The Golden Age“, the era when Holland became rich through worldwide trade. The highlight of the theme year is the flowerbulb mosaic beside the Oranje Nassau Pavilion. This shows a Delft Blue tile on which the trade across the seas and the rich canal-side houses of Amsterdam are depicted. The mosaic covers an area of 250m2. There are 100.000 flowerbulbs used; tulips, grape hyacinths (muscari) and crocuses.
The Golden Age provides the inspiration for the flower mosaic and for many of the flower shows in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion. New in 2016 are a Golden Age inspirational garden and a Delft Blue garden.
Keukenhof is a park to enjoy! However you can also get inspiration from the park for your own house and garden. The Inspirational gardens provide the link to present day trends.
Golden Age Garden
During the exploration voyages for new trade routes, botanists travelled along in search of new species. They described and drew many different types in magnificent books. The flowers and plants were brought back home under very difficult conditions on the ships. They stood there as showpieces in the botanical gardens and in the large canal houses. This garden is a tribute to the courageous ‘plant seekers’ of the Golden Age.
Delfts Blauw Garden
Halfway through the seventeenth century the potters in Delft managed to copy the Chinese blue-white porcelain earthenware. Delft Blue became extremely popular. To this day, the blue-white combination is used widely, even in this garden with a wonderful assortment blue and white spring bulb flowers.
In love, engaged or married, you cannot miss the most romantic spot in Keukenhof. A tasteful garden with bulb flowers in lovely shades. Take a seat in the arbour and share your love with other Keukenhof visitors by writing and leaving your message of love there.
Rob’s Sensory Garden
A new inspirational garden by the most famous of Dutch TV-gardeners, Rob Verlinden: the Sensory garden. This is a garden where feeling, smell and sight are the central points of focus. A garden full of surprises!
This is something we all want, a garden to relax in as if we were on the beach. Sand reed (beach marram grass), sand and surf on the wave of a flower border. To contrast this, a tropical atmosphere of brightly coloured tulips, exotic crown imperials (fritillaria) and palms. In the spring this provides some early pleasure of a summer beach sensation.
A garden with a nostalgic feel to it, through the use of sturdy plants combined with vintage elements. An unusual combination of plants and an impressive assortment bulb flowers.
In the Historical Garden the tulips themselves tell the development of 400 years of tulip growth and cultivation in the Netherlands. Here you will find the origin of the tulip and a reproduction of the Clusius garden, planted with tulips including varieties which have been cultivated for four centuries. It was thanks to Carolus Clusius that the tulip became such an icon of the Netherlands.
Ruigrok Flowerbulbs in Keukenhof