History of Keukenhof, translated from Dutch meaning “Food Court” is inextricably linked with the name of Countess van Beira. In the XV century on the lands was located the estate of this amazing woman. Here she grew herbs for the kitchen court. She was very fond of hunting, for her short 36 years of life she had many things, has participated in several wars. In one battle the enemy of the Countess was her own husband.
In the middle of the XVII century in Europe was the Tulip Fever. In Dutch tulips exposed to an unknown virus, there was an unusual color. Prices climbed sharply in the market up. The bulbs were bought at tremendous prices. It is said that in 1637 one sold for the bulb you could buy an entire estate. Many far-sighted people have saved this entire state.
Today, the park Keukenhof – is spread out over an area of 32 hectares of delicious sea of spring flowers, shimmering with all colors imaginable and unimaginable. This is an old park with old trees and picturesque ponds. All this grandeur of complementary channels, waterfalls and fountains. This six million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths. And, of course, is the largest and most beautiful spring garden of the Old World.
Each season in Kokenhofe is devoted to some significant event. For example, last year, noted the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus – the world-famous Swedish botanist and biologist.
In the Netherlands he continued his studies after a Swedish university, and here received his doctorate. Homage to the famous countryman had the Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria, who was present at the opening of the park. A well-known furniture IKEA monopoly after its pavilion was opened under the name “Flowers as part of the design of your home.”
To visit Keukenhof you can spend all day. Walking along the paths and trails of this most beautiful park of Holland, enjoying a variety of bright colors and unusual inhaling the fragrance of flowers, you can not stop wondering all the new and ever-changing scenery. Swans floating on a pond, flower beds are replaced with an unusual range of colors. And then suddenly at the edges of tulip fields, there is a working mill.
Along many avenues displays sculptures by Dutch and foreign artists of different eras, such as Koning, chervil, Vermeer, Bruning and others. Among them are a series of works by Russian sculptor Alexander Taratynova. Part of the exhibited sculptures are owned by the park, and the prices on them are set by the park. Local farm animals give the impression that you are in the normal Dutch village, which was decorated with thousands of flowers and graceful sculptures.
Queen’s Park Keukenhof flower is under the patronage of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.