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Keukenhof: Showcase of the ornamental plant sector

Bulb Flowers - photo: Keukenhof
Bulb Flowers – photo: Keukenhof

Keukenhof was originally an initiative of ten Dutch flower bulb growers and exporters, who wanted to create a showcase for their products. In 1949, they chose the garden surrounding Keukenhof Castle in Lisse as the location. Today, 100 flower bulb growers supply Keukenhof and 500 flower growers participate in the flower shows. More than a million people from all over the world stream in every spring when Keukenhof opens its gates for eight weeks. The time will have come round again on 23.03.2017.

To make sure Keukenhof always has a different appearance, a new plant concept is designed every year. To this end, forty gardeners plant seven million new bulbs in the historic park in the autumn. The Keukenhof theme in 2017 is “Dutch Design”. One of the highlights for example this year is the Mondrian Garden with its primarily square-shaped areas of colour.

Mondrian Garden - photo: Keukenhof
Mondrian Garden – photo: Keukenhof

During the eight exhibition weeks, over 20 alternating flower and plant shows are staged in the pavilions. Here, the growers present a large variety of colours and shapes. Thousands of square metres have been reserved for orchids in the Beatrix Pavilion for many years. In the Oranje-Nassau Pavilion, the visitor learns how bulb flowers can be processed into exquisite bouquets. The lily exhibition in the Willem-Alexander Pavillion is a top attraction: Around 300 different sorts of 15,000 lilies in total can be admired on 6,000 square metres of space.

75 percent of the Keukenhof visitors come from abroad. Germany, the USA, France, Great Britain and China are among the most important countries. The share of the trade audience is 15 percent. Industry get-togethers are regularly organised for growers. The entrance area of the grounds was redesigned last year. The car park now has a capacity for 4,500 cars and 1,000 coaches. This should have a positive effect on the traffic situation around the park.

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