Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Tiptoe through the Tulips"


Though I've visited Amsterdam many times, I've never been to the tulip fields. During this recent trip, I made it a point to go to Lisse to see the profusion of colorful tulips at their peak. It was beautiful to stroll around the 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens. While it was overcast, it wasn't cold at all and a few sprinkles didn't warrant an umbrella.


There are more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths grown at Keukenhof. The incredible variety of tulips and amazing colors are every photographer's dream. This is truly a feast for the eyes. 


The flowers are artfully planted in diagonals, horizontals, verticals, patchwork, and many elaborate patterns. There's a windmill on site, a Japanese garden, a stream running through the gardens, fountains and playgrounds and so much more. You just need comfortable shoes and well rested legs for the long walks.


"And if I kiss you in the garden, in the moonlight
Will you pardon me?
And tiptoe through the tulips with me." Tiptoe through the tulips


The Beatrix Pavilion was transformed into a tropical wonderland of phalaenopsis, cymbidium, and oncidium to name just a smattering of these beauties. There are so many varieties here to admire. I can only wish I could raise such healthy orchids. 


Keukenhof has been named the "Most beautiful spring garden in the world". It's open from March 20 to May 18 in 2014. (March 20 to May 17 in 2015). To get there, take Bus 858 from Schiphol Airport. Buy your ticket from the Information kiosk. The round trip bus fare and entrance fees were €19.00. Arrive early at the gardens to avoid the crowds. Opening time is 8 am. Check their website at www.keukenhof.nl for more detailed information.

A tulip field outside Keukenhof Gardens


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Images by TravelswithCharie

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