Keukenhof Gardens - Dutch Spring Gardens Near Amsterdam.
Anyone who loves spring flowers, especially tulips, should visit the Keukenhof flower gardens near Amsterdam. The beauty of these gardens and the brilliant bulb flowers just cannot be adequately captured in pictures. Since Keukenhof is only open for about two months in the spring, all of this splendor is crammed into a few short weeks. Several small river cruise lines feature spring tulip cruises for those wanting to visit Keukenhof and tour the Netherlands.
The flower gardens at Keukenhof were the idea of the 1949 mayor of Lisse. He worked with about a dozen prominent Dutch bulb growers and exporters to develop the gardens. Their objective was to have an open-air flower exhibition where growers could showcase their latest hybrids, and consumers could view and buy a wide range of flower bulbs.
Tulips are not the only spring flower blooming at Keukenhof. Daffodils, hyacinths, and narcissi are also all flowering simultaneously. Even a humbug flower-hater will be overwhelmed by the color, sights, and smells. We were surprised to find a greenhouse full of delicate orchids, and other pavilions ablaze with azaleas and hydrangeas.