Keukenhof - a garden when a spring is always superb, when one can find millions of flowers beautifully composed among the trees. The garden is situated near Lisse, in the Netherlands between Amsterdam and The Hague. It is available for visitors only for a short time from the mid-March to the mid-May.
The name of this garden (Keukenhof) means "kitchen garden" and it served as such one in 15th century. The fruits and vegetables were grown and picked there for the use of Teylingen Castle which belonged at that time to Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria. And only in 1641 the Keukenhof Castle was built.
The redesigning of its garden took place in the later period by landscape architects Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher.
In the middle of XX century a group of bulbs exporters came up with the idea of creating an exhibition of blooming flowers on this estate. The park was opened to the public in 1950 and immediately was a success, becoming a world-famous attraction.
At present the area of this unique garden is about 32 hectares and each year about 7 millions bulb flowers are planted there including more than 4 millions tulips (of approximately 800 varieties). Every year one can experience a new arrangement of flowers. There are four pavilions, located on the area of this garden, with additional flower exhibitions.
But of course the garden does not consist only of bulb flowers, there is also a big collection of trees in more than 80 varieties. Visitors can also take a look at the Walk of Fame, where the tulips named after famous people are planted.