I bought a bouquet of tulips at Whole Foods (yes, impulse purchase but they just screamed happy) to celebrate spring which has made a few appearances this winter and is so close to returning. While it may not feel like spring right now here in the East (with the snow on the ground in winter’s last punch), my bouquet reminds me of the tulips in Amsterdam and of my visit to the Keukenhof Garden both of which makes me smile.
Prior to a business trip to London, I visited Amsterdam for a quick weekend intent on seeing the world famous tulips. I knew I was cutting it close though as it was early May and near the end of the prime viewing. As I was tight on time and didn’t want to navigate public transit to the gardens, I had the concierge put me on a morning group bus tour. This tour had a quick commentary on the way to the gardens and a short tour in the gardens with a guide before I was allowed to roam on my own – just the right blend of tour and freedom. There is a garden tour bus from the airport if you have a stopover or want to go direct (its about half hour away).
Tulips (and more) at Keukenhof
The Keukenhof garden are impressive, even if you don’t like gardens or flowers, I think you will find yourself appreciative of the artistry, the colors, the relaxation you feel here as you wander about.
Walking around, you see flowers growing in and around the green carpet of grasses – you see sculptures that add depth and dimension to the presentation and you see the quiet hidden spaces you can sit and meditate.
This photo won me $250 in a Twitter contest – I used that Expedia voucher on my African Safari trip!
Water, Windmills and Clogs at Keukenhof Garden
You see swans on the water, you see people walking on water (a nice illusion for photos with carefully placed stepping stones), everyone just seems calm and relaxed -such a nice feeling.
The windmill allows you to climb up to viewing platform and the big clogs let you see if you can really fill those shoes! The best part was watching all the kids (and adults) jump into the shoes for the funny photos.
Color and More Color at Keukenhof Garden
The views keep changing as you wander and you continue to appreciate the artistry on showcase here – the planning, the planting, the displays – a lot of work to give the guests a memorable experience each visit
Final Thoughts of Keukenhof Garden
Not sure about you, but I like places that allow me to relax and breathe in happy. The time spent in the garden was a nice change of pace from the city. I loved the colors, loved the designs, loved the art – it was one living art print in many pieces throughout the space. It was hard not to photo every color, every flower, every view because you almost couldn’t imagine that these pretty things exist for such a fleeting time. So if you get a chance to see the tulips at Keukenhof Garden have fun, enjoy, take a bunch of photos but also make sure to take time to smell the
Note: For those local readers, the Philadelphia Flower Show is currently showcasing “Holland” through March 19th so you can surround yourself in thousands of tulips. It’s definite inspiration to fuel your wanderlust and plan a trip to see the tulips in Holland for yourself at Keukenhof in Amsterdam.