So fun that you want to do your talk on Keukenhof! The following provides lots of information about Keukenhof you can use in your talk. At the foot of the page you can also find the 'Library', a gallery of photos you can use to illustrate your talk. Good luck!
Keukenhof: a global phenomenon
Keukenhof is the most beautiful spring park in the world! A garden full of flowers you can view up close. Keukenhof plants both new species as well as old favourites.
At Keukenhof, growers are given the opportunity to show their flowers to the world. The park is therefore seen as the Dutch flower growers’ showroom. For 8 weeks, Keukenhof showcases 7 million bulb flowers that bloom in spring. The bulbs are provided by 100 suppliers.
Alongside flower bulbs, Keukenhof also organises over 20 flower shows featuring cut flowers and pot plants, and presented by 500 flower growers.
Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren (1401-1436) fetched vegetables and fruit from the Keukenduin [dunes] for Castle Teylingen’s kitchen. People also hunted for game on this land. Countess Jacoba van Beieren ruled Holland, Zeeland and Henegouwen from 1417 to 1433. She married four times, was imprisoned for a few years and more or less involuntarily spent some time in England. War seems to have been one of her favourite occupations. In 1433 she had to relinquish her counties. She disappeared from public life and died, just 35 years old, from tuberculosis at Castle Teylingen, not far from Keukenhof. Castle Keukenhof was built in 1641 and the estate grew to well over 200ha in size.
In 1857, the gardens around the castle were restructured. That park, in English landscape style, still makes up Keukenhof’s core today.
In 1949, a number of bulb growers and exporters came up with the plan to organise an exhibition of spring-flowering bulbs at the estate. This became spring park Keukenhof.
The park first opened its doors to the public in 1950. It was an immediate success, attracting 236,000 visitors.
Keukenhof’s windmill is over a century old. It was built in Groningen in 1892, originally as a polder windmill or groundwater pumping windmill. In 1957, the Holland Amerika Lijn (shipping company) purchased the mill and donated it to Keukenhof.
2019 is the 70th year Keukenhof will be open.
Visitors to Keukenhof
Large numbers of tourists come to the Netherlands to see tulips, windmills, Rembrandt and Amsterdam’s canals. But tourists also want to visit Keukenhof. Every year, 1 million people visit Keukenhof from over 100 countries. 75% of visitors are from abroad. Particularly from Germany, the U.S.A., France, the UK and China. The number of tourists from America, China, India and South-East Asia is also increasing rapidly.
When people abroad think of the Netherlands, they often think of Keukenhof. For instance, the Lonely Planet’s website opens with an article on Keukenhof. Wikipedia provides a single photograph for the entry on the Netherlands, and that’s of Keukenhof.
The story behind Keukenhof
Every year, 40 Keukenhof gardeners plant the bulbs. When the season is over, the bulbs are dug up again. In Autumn, new bulbs are planted. A new design is created for the planting to ensure Keukenhof looks different every year. This takes into account which bulbs flower early and which ones later, so visitors can admire flowering bulbs throughout the season. The 7 million flower bulbs are provided free of charge by 100 suppliers.
The inspirational gardens provide visitors with ideas for their own gardens. The gardens include an English landscape garden, a Hipster garden, a Cupid Garden and a Delft Blue garden.
The historical garden showcases old tulip varieties and uses the latter to illustrate the long journey tulips made before reaching the Netherlands.
Keukenhof has a beautiful sculpture collection, characterised by a wide range of styles and comprising approx. 100 works.
Flower shows at Keukenhof
20 flower and plant shows alternate at the pavilions. There growers display a huge variety of flowers and plants of every imaginable hue and shape. The growers show off their best products there. A jury of experts assesses which flowers are the best in their categories. Consumers also judge the flower shows and pick the most beautiful one.
When people think of the Netherlands, they probably immediately think of tulips. To show why that is, Keukenhof has created an exhibition on the tulip’s history, 17th-century tulip mania and today’s tulip as a contemporary icon called Tulpomania [Tulip Mania].
The tulip’s story is impressive. Bulbs that went on to become worth their weight in gold, theft, a mountain inhabitant that feels at home in the Dutch climate. But also the story of the black tulip as well as celebrities who were presented with their own tulips. Tulip mania allows you to name your own tulip and to see how the latter are cultivated. Experts provide tips and recommendations for the use of flower bulbs in your own garden.
2019 theme: Flower Power
Every year, Keukenhof picks a theme. In 2019 the theme is Flower Power, the strength of flowers.
- Keukenhof is open 8 weeks a year
- Annually, Keukenhof has 1 million visitors
- 75% of visitors are foreign
- The park is 32 hectares in size
- 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually
- Keukenhof has 20 flower shows
- The bulbs are sent in by 100 suppliers
- 500 growers and traders participate in the flower shows
- 7 inspirational gardens with garden ideas for consumers
- Sculpture garden featuring approx. 100 works of art