Monday, 21 September 2015

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, K for Keukenhof


History of Keukenhof

The history of Keukenhof, the name of it means "kitchen garden", goes back to the 15th century. Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria, Jacoba van Beieren (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegtables from the woods and dunes here for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641, and the estate grew to an area of over 200 hectares.

All photos are taken by an unknown photographer

The Keukenhof is a park in the province of Noord -Holland (north of Holland)


In 1949 a group of 20 flower bulb exporters came up with a plan to use the estate for a permanent exhibition of spring-flowering bulbs, signalling the birth of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park opened its gates tot he public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. In 2015 the 66th edition of Keukenhof is taking place, with Van Gogh as its theme. During the last 65 years Keukenhof has grown into a world-famous attraction.


Spring is the most beautiful season and that counts also for  the Keukenhof.

There  are all kind of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths

 For me the Keukenhof is a special place, as my first date with my husband was here in this beautiful park in March 1963.


Thank you Denise Nesbitt for creating ABC. We must thank Roger too for the weekly job to find  ten bloggers for each of the ABC Team members  to visit and to read their posts. This will be now the letter K.



Cloudia said...

Amazing Gardens!


Sylvia K said...

Ah, an amazingly beautiful place it is indeed and I did get to enjoy it in person several years ago when I lived in Germany!! Thank you for sharing, Wil!! Superb captures for the day -- any day!! Hope you have a great new week!

Leslie: said...

Well, that does it! I have to come visit Holland!

abcw team

Vagabonde said...

Moi aussi j’ai des bons souvenirs de Keukenof gardens. L’année d’après notre mariage mon mari et moi sommes allés voir mes parents à Paris mais nous avons d’abord fait escale à Amsterdam pour plusieurs jours et avons visité ces fameux jardins. Maintenant il doit être encore plus beau.

Melody Steenkamp said...

hihi geweldig, ik zag je linkie met tumb en ik dacht gelijk " wedden dat ze het over Keukenhof heeft?" en jaaaaaaa dat was zo ;-)
Ik was vorig jaar met iemand van 89, hij genoot van top tot teen en wij dubbel en dwars.

Fijne week Wil,
♫ Mel☺dy ♫

Mascha said...

What a marvellous garden with all the spring flowers(I've often dreamed to travel to it)!
Greetings from Germany

Trubes said...

Hello Wil.
What a beautiful park and a perfect setting for a first date!
I too would love to visit Holland, who knows.... maybe one day.

Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Roger Owen Green said...

these flowers are GORGEOUS!!


Gigi Ann said...

Oh! What a beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing, I loved my stroll through the gardens.

Hildred said...

Wouldn't it be heaven to garden in this park and spend all your days amongst the flowers....

Anonymous said...

That would an excellent place to take someone out on a date (smile)! They really know how to show off the flowers! And the peacock is stunning! Great post, Wil!

Lea said...

Fantastic! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

That white peacock is breathtaking. The gardens are beautiful.

Indrani said...

It is my dream to see this some day!
Thank you for showing the pics.
Happy ABCW!
(My new blog address:

Norma Ruttan said...

oh, my goodness, these stunning gardens are enough to make one breathless with their beauty! I have never seen gardens in one place like this, especially a kitchen garden.

Anonymous said...

What a very lovely garden. It would be so nice to stroll through when all these flowers are in bloom. Have a good week!

Ann said...

We were there for a big vacation several years ago. I have some gorgeous pictures of all 8 of us. Love it there.

photowannabe said...

Spectacular Wil.
If I was there I think I would wear my camera out.
Too much pretty colors, such variety.

Patty said...

What a beautiful garden and how much fun it would be to walk through it.

NC Sue said...

The photo of the glass-blower at work is absolutely amazing.
I hope you'll come link up at