The Netherlands are the world’s largest exporter of flowers. If you take a look at these images, it would be easy to see why. Thriving near Lisse, Netherlands, is the world’s largest garden named the Keukenhof Garden, also known as the Garden of Europe. About seven million flower bulbs are planted annually on 32 hectares of land. Keukenhof is open each year from around the last week in March to around mid-May.
The grounds were originally used for hunting and the land also supplied herbs used in the castle located on the land during the 15th century. In 1949 the mayor of Lisse established the garden as a way for flower growers to present the hybrids they had created in sort of a flower exhibit. It has since then grown into the phenomenon that it is today.
The Keukenhof website claims that the garden is the most photographed place in the world. I don’t quite know how they can render that a fact, but I certainly can believe it. It’s an absolutely beautiful place and the colors are so very vibrant. I don’t think it would be at all possible for a photographer to take a bad picture in such a setting.
The Keukenhof Garden will be closing this Sunday, May 20th. For any of us who were unable to see the beauty in person, check out these images (and more we have back at Newscom) of the Keukenhof Garden.
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