Located in Lisse, Netherlands, Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden. Its name translates to “Kitchen Garden” in English, and it is also known as the Garden of Europe. This popular attraction features more than 7 million flower bulbs, which are planted in the garden each year. Keukenhof encompasses 32 hectares of land.
The garden’s location was once used as hunting grounds during the fifteenth century. The area was also a great source for herbs, which were often used in the kitchen of Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut’s castle. It is for this reason that the garden earned the name Keukenhof.
In 1949, the garden was officially established by the town’s mayor. At the time, the goal of the garden was to help the Dutch export industry by creating an exhibit where both local and European flower growers could display their hybrids. Keukenhof is only open for a few short weeks each year. Typically, the garden opens in late March and closes in the latter part of May.
Many areas of the park also include water gardens, fountains and ponds.
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