Flower Power is Keukenhof’s 2019 theme. At Keukenhof flowers connect people from across the globe who come together to enjoy the tulips, smells and colours. The Netherlands is famous for its bulb fields and the many flowers cultivated there. Bright colours, hippies, peace & music of Flower Power has early 1970s vibe and it is a great theme for celebrating the 70th Keukenhof. On 21 March 2019, in Lisse, The Netherlands, Keukenhof has opened its gates for the 70th time. When it closes eight weeks later, some 1 million visitors from across the world will have visited the international flower exhibition. As such, Keukenhof makes a contribution to tourism in the Netherlands. One hundred bulb growers will supply bulbs to the park and 500 growers participate in the flower shows. Keukenhof is the platform for the Dutch floricultural sector.
For the exhibitors and participants in the flower shows, it provides a superb showcase for their bulbs, flowers and plants. The park is redesigned every single year. Keukenhof’s designer takes inspiration from the latest trends and adapts the design to suit the specific wishes of growers. This in turn provides inspiration to the visitors who gather new ideas to apply at home. In the flower shows, the arrangers also put the latest gardening ideas into practice. All of this enables Keukenhof and the growers to support and strengthen each other. Each year, forty gardeners plant 7 million bulbs at reserved locations throughout the park. At the end of the season, these bulbs are harvested and a new cycle of planting, blooming and harvesting begins again in the autumn. In order to ensure that Keukenhof always has a new look, the planting is redesigned every year. The plants are carefully selected so that visitors can enjoy bulbs in full bloom throughout the entire period Keukenhof is open. The seven million flower bulbs are supplied completely free of charge by a hundred exhibitors who could hardly imagine a better showcase for their products. The tulip is the distinctive icon of Netherlands throughout the world. And Keukenhof can do no other than give the tulip centre stage. The Willem-Alexander Pavilion is full of tulips in bloom. An exhibition being organised in the new Juliana Pavilion shows the history of the tulip, 17th Century tulip mania and today’s tulip as contemporary icon. The renovated Historic Garden contains extra information about the origin of the tulip. The vibrant colours of the blooming bulb fields are a typical Dutch sight in the spring. The most beautiful bulb fields are found around Keukenhof. The windmill provides a magnificent view of the Bollenstreek (the flower bulb growing area). The splendid colours are breathtakingly beautiful. Electrically powered boats depart daily from the windmill to cruise through the flowering bulb fields around the park and even it is possible to discover the colourful countryside surrounding Keukenhof by picking up a bicycle from the park’s Main Entrance.