My husband and I didn’t know what to expect when we were off to our next stop – Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. We were not to be disappointed. We took a tour bus to the gardens, which is a 40-minute drive from Amsterdam. Our tour guide talked about the gardens while we were on the way, and he spoke five different languages! I could only understand one but recognized parts of others, sometimes!
Our tour guide informed us that over a million people visit the gardens during the eight week period when the flowers are in bloom. “More than 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares (79 acres) with color and fragrance.” The flowers are arranged perfectly into artistic pieces of work. Not only were the flowers beautiful, but we also enjoyed seeing the ponds and very large trees.
We snapped over 90 photos while we walked around the gardens for three hours. It was very difficult to narrow it down, but I’ve posted 29 (to be exact) of my favorites here. Being amongst all the flowers, trees, and birds was timed perfectly since we had just gone through a very long and cold winter at home. Plus, the flowers all seemed to be at their prime, except for some daffodils that had seen better days. Some of the flowering trees were losing their petals, but we got to see them in all their glory before the wind picked up.
We could tell by the songs they sang, that the birds were glad to be there, too. I couldn’t help but think, “If I was a bird, I’d want to live here!” Keukenhof Gardens was spectacular and more than I ever imagined!
I hope you enjoy the pictures.