The history of Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren [Jacqueline of Bavaria] (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegetables from the Keukenduin [kitchen dunes] for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate grew to encompass an area of over 200 hectares.
Landscape architects Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who also designed Amsterdam's Vondelpark, redesigned the castle gardens in 1857. That park, in the English landscape style, still constitutes the basis of Keukenhof.
In 1949 a group of 20 leading flower bulb growers and exporters came up with the plan to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs, signalling the birth of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park opened its gates to the public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. 2018 will be the 69th edition of Keukenhof, with Romance in Flowers as its theme. During the past 67 years Keukenhof has developed into a world-famous attraction.
Keukenhof is the international and independent showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, with a special emphasis on flower bulbs. In the space of eight weeks Keukenhof shows what the Dutch floricultural sector has to offer. The park’s focus is on the 7 million spring-flowering bulbs, which allow the 100 participating companies to show their living catalogue. 500 flower growers present an enormous variety of cut flowers and pot plants at the over 20 flower shows.
Keukenhof is the platform for the Dutch floricultural sector. For the exhibitors and participants in the flower shows, we provide a superb showcase for their bulbs, flowers and plants.
That's what makes Keukenhof an excellent opportunity to network and meet business contacts. Trade events for growers are also organised regularly. Keukenhof has strong ties with all the relevant organisations in the floricultural and tourist sectors.
Keukenhof has almost 100 royal suppliers. These are the exhibitors who supply their very best range of spring flowering bulbs for display at the park. Our landscape architect creates a special design for each of our exhibitors, consulting with them concerning the colours, heights and flowering times of their bulbs. The exhibitors ensure that all their bulbs are delivered to the park in the autumn, ready for planting.
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In order to provide you, as a visitor to Keukenhof, with an unforgettable day, certain Keukenhof rules must also be observed. These rules are detailed in the Park Regulations. Click here for the Park Regulations of Keukenhof.
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