the greenest of the green thumbs

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Welcome to the world’s largest flower garden – Keukenhof! Located in South Holland, in the small town of Lisse, this amazingly lush garden attracts millions of visitors from all over the world each and every year. When visiting, be sure to dedicate an entire day for touring as it lays across 79 acres (32 hectares) and has over 9 miles of foot path (15 kilometers) – Joost and I were there for 5 hours and weren’t able to see everything. Annually, the ‘green thumbs’ of Keukenhof plant over 7 million bulbs – making sure to update displays and layouts to bring a new look to the garden. Keep in mind, Keukenhof is only open from March 21 – May 20 (same with the tulip fields – any earlier, they won’t be in bloom; any later, they’ll already be harvested).

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At first glance, you might think this place is only for the ladies (and flower enthusiasts), but you couldn’t be more wrong. Keukenhof is a wonderful place for all ages, male and female. In the midst of the millions of flowers, you’re also able to rent bikes, take a boat tour, fly over the tulip fields (yes, in an airplane), endulge in Dutch sweets (homemade stroopwafels, pies, pancakes, waffles – the list is endless) and cuisine, play games, visit the animals in the petting zoo, picnic, attend a parade (Bob the Builder will be in town later this month), relax, enjoy nature and so much more. Year after year, Keukenhof does an outstanding job making this one of the most beautiful and family/pet friendly places to visit in the world. Already looking forward to visiting again in 2014!

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Until next time – tot ziens!

XX – Whitney

5 comments on “the greenest of the green thumbs

  1. Beautiful post again, Whitney. Pictures are just gorgeous. Love you, Aunt Jude Vlinder

  2. vogueandheels says:

    Love the pictures. This places looks beautiful.

    -Vogue&Heels
    http://www.vogueandheels.com

  3. Effie says:

    So exquisite!! I LOVE “de klompen” too. Great pic of the two of you, with one foot in each klomp!! You should frame that one! I have a pair at home too. As a little girl, living in Amsterdam, I loved to draw and paint, and was always drawn towards painting fields and fields of gorgeous and colorful tulips, daffodils and hyacinths!

    Thanks again Whitney for your wonderful blog and pictures. It looks like you are having a fantastic time. I’m sure there is so much to explore, and so much to enjoy! I just bought tulips at the flower shop close by my home…yellow and orange in color…so beautiful! As a Dutch gal I always have fresh flowers in my home…well, almost always :)
    Much love to both of you!
    Tot ziens!
    Effie

  4. Brenda Nixon says:

    I love your blog and the pictures are amazing. This place will be on my bucket list! :) Love and miss you, Mom

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