Spring dreams

As it is Friday, we can start to slow down and perhaps indulge in a little daydream or two.

Allow me whisk you away to a place that epitomizes the ultimate spring dream.

If you have never heard of Keukenhof, I would love to tell you a little more about it.

Keukenhof is one of the most impressive and elaborate spring gardens in the world. Located in Holland, the garden boasts more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that pack over 32 hectares with intense colour alongside divine swathes of fragrance.

The History

These prestigious gardens date back to the 15th Century where the countess would collect an abundance of fruit and vegetables from the woods to be used in the kitchens of Teylingen Castle.

The term 'Keukenhof' translates to kitchen garden and Keukenhof Castle was eventually built in 1641. The gardens rapidly expanded over the centuries, becoming a vital cog in the general day to day functionality of the castle.

During the late 1940's a group of bulb exporters decided to use the estate as a platform to showcase an array of spring-flowering bulbs on a grand scale. The park opened publicly in its current form during 1950 and has been a popular and world famous destination since.

2017 marks the 68th edition of Keukenhof and with it, a contemporary and artistic inspiration behind this years display.

The theme for this year is 'Dutch design' which is showcased by a combination of Dutch sobriety and innovative solutions.

Artists such as Mondriaan and Rietveld have laid the foundations for Dutch design which have inspired this mosaic-like style with layers of bulbs that create a long- flowering effect throughout the entirety of spring. Believe it or not, this colourful collaboration is made up of 80,000 tulip, muscari and crocus bulbs.

A unique and magnificent display that has encompassed the meaning of spring with optimum impact.

A beautiful concoction of colour and form that meander alongside public footpaths.

Keukenhof not only displays an unparalleled variety of spring-flowering bulbs but also showcases its
own sculpture garden where artists can exhibit an array of work in a variety of styles. Flower shows are a key part of the parks existence, working with over 500 growers who present their prize-winning blooms, chosen by an array of flower arrangers for their own shows and demonstrations.

If you happen to be frequenting Holland over the next 4-6 weeks, it is well worth a visit, offering plentiful facilities for families too. Take a look at the website events page to find an activity that suits you best.

Maybe this has convinced you to take a trip next year - it really is a must see spectacle and perhaps an additional jaunt to add to the bucket list.

I only wish that I could create something so jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring in my own garden, albeit on a much smaller scale. If this doesn't have you spring dreaming, I do not know what will!

Put your feet up this weekend and enjoy the sunshine - I know I will!



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