Tulip time is the highlight of the European river cruise calendar and the green fingers behind the world’s most largest bulb-flower garden aren’t about to let all those hours of hard work spent planting and pruning go to waste.
Keukenhof Flower Exhibit in the town of Lisse is one of the most popular excursions from Amsterdam each year, when its seven million bulbs and 800 varieties of tulips bloom for just eight weeks between March and May. The annual flower festival has taken place in 32-acre Keukenhof since 1857 but the Coronavirus pandemic left organisers with no choice but to remain closed to the public. Fortunately, it’s fields of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths still had a chance to shine thanks to ‘Keukenhof Virtually Open’. Created by the minds and hands behind the blooms, the series of videos show the grounds in all their glory, with Gardener Owen showing off the park’s most impressive hyacinths in one video and Daan sharing the Beach Garden, Mill Forest and the fountain, while managing director Bart takes viewers on a tour of his favourite places in the park.
“In the months leading up to spring, a lot of hard work has gone into providing visitors with a beautiful experience,” says Keukenhof. “The park is already blooming beautifully and will become even more beautiful in the coming weeks. Keukenhof likes to show this to people under the slogan, ‘If people cannot come to Keukenhof, we will bring Keukenhof to the people.’”
Visit Keukenhof from the comfort of home on their YouTube channel here and see the real deal next year, when Keukenhof Flower Exhibit returns for 2021 as a highlight of many river cruises in Europe.