The History of bulbs and Keukenhof
The history of Dutch Tulips and Keukenhof dates back centuries. In the 16th century, tulips were first introduced to the Netherlands from Turkey, and soon became a symbol of Dutch culture. During the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, tulips were highly sought after due to their beauty and rarity. Tulip mania, or tulipomania, developed in this era, as the prices of tulips skyrocketed and many speculators attempted to make a profit from their sale. At the same time, Keukenhof was established as a hunting ground for Dutch nobility. It was originally known as “Grootven” and was owned by Count Willem III van der Aa. In 1857, the grounds were converted into a public park and opened to the public. The park was given its current name, which translates to “kitchen garden” in English, in 1949.
Today, Keukenhof is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands and is known as the “Garden of Europe”. Every spring, the park is transformed into a sea of over seven million tulips in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. It is estimated that over one million people visit Keukenhof each year to admire the beauty of the tulips. In addition to Keukenhof, many other Netherlands locations celebrate the tulip, including the Tulip Festival in Amsterdam and the Flower Parade in Noordwijk.
The Tulip Festival is a yearly event held in April that features a parade of flower floats, live music, and other festivities. The Flower Parade is a procession of flower floats that takes place on the first Saturday of May each year. Dutch tulips have become one of the most iconic symbols of the Netherlands, and their history is deeply intertwined with the country’s culture. Keukenhof is a living testament to the beauty of the tulip and serves as a reminder of its fascinating history.