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A walk through the Keukenhof

By
Tara Nolan
Photography by
Tara Nolan

Experience acres of multi-coloured, spring-flowering bulbs at this magical flower park


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How the Keukenhof came to be
As we walk, Elisabeth recounts the interesting history of this 70-acre park. In the 15th century, a countess by the name of Jacoba van Beleren, used the grounds for hunting and for a kitchen garden—her castle was nearby. This is how Keukenhof got its name as it literally means kitchen garden. In 1949, with permission from the castle’s owner, it was turned into a place where bulb growers could showcase their product. This evolved into the spring park that over 45 million visitors have travelled from around the world to see since its opening.

 

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