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Keukenhop Tulip Garden, Netherlands

The Keukenhof Tulip Garden, also known as the Garden of Europe, is worlds largest flower garden with over seven milion planted flower bulbs. Keukenhof is unique, world famous and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands. It is located near the small dutch town of Lisse in South Holland. The Gardens organizes an annual international exhibition of flowers. Each year the Garden presents a different theme to delight its visitors.

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Keukenhof Gardens | Lisse, South Holland

Keukenhof (Dutch for “kitchen garden”), also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world’s second largest flower garden. It features a variety of different gardens and garden styles. For example, the English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see-through points. The historical garden is an enclosed garden where you can see many old types of bulbs. The nature garden consists of a water garden where shrubs and perennials are combined with bulbous plants. The Japanese country garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 79 acres.

Keukenhof is situated on 15th-century hunting grounds. It was also a source of herbs for Countess Jacqueline of Hainaut’s castle, which is the source of the name Keukenhof (it served to provide herbs for the castle’s kitchen). 

The gardens surrounding the castle were established in 1949 by the then-mayor of Lisse. The idea was to present a flower exhibit where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could show off their hybrids — and help the Dutch export industry (the Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of flowers).

PSA FROM THE NETHERLANDS INCOMING

I’m from the Netherlands. More specifically, I am from the tulip heaven named Lisse. Which also houses the world famous and largest garden anywhere, the Keukenhof.

Now here’s a little thing I know about you guys. You love tulips. So you enter the fields which are surrounded by ditches and fences (because you’re not allowed to), you drop down in the flowers to take a picture and then walk right through them because you’re bored of them already. 

Here’s the deal. 

STOP WALKING THROUGH THE FUCKING TULIPS.

I can’t press this point enough. Walking through the flowers is obviously very bad for them. If someone jumped into your garden and started walking through your beloved flowers, would you be ok with that? I think not. To make it worse, the farmers here make money off of these things. You’re cutting into their profit. Don’t give me the shit about how your tourism lets them make money, because it doesn’t. 

The farmers here don’t see any of the money you people spend in this town.

They make money off of selling the bulbs. Which you guys are ruining by spreading diseases with your feet trashing the place. Not even mentioning the idiots that bring their dogs in here.

It’s NOT ok.

What angers us even more is when you starting picking the flowers. That’s stealing you dick shit. It’s stealing and it’s extremely unnecessary. You know why? Because they’re sold for practically NOTHING along the side of the streets. Today we bought 5 bouquets of high quality tulips for 5 euros. That’s roughly 8 dollars. If you don’t want to dish out less than 2 bucks for a fucking tulip bouquet (Which are actually sold by the farmers if you look for the right stand), then you have no right to even look at the fucking fields.

Please just stop ruining the flowers. You’re not the only person who wants to enjoy the flowers. So stop being selfish and harmful towards what makes my town beautiful during spring.

I’ll even give you a little tip as a thank you for reading. If you are in Lisse (or anywhere in Holland), don’t buy tulip bulbs. They’re the batch from last year and they will likely not grow. The man selling them will say they will grow within 6 weeks but he’s lying because you’re nothing more than a stupid tourist to him. This really angers the higher quality bulb farmers around the area. Tulip bulbs are meant to be bought around September to December, so that they look lovely in Spring. Because they’re spring flowers. In September they’re the freshest. In May? You’re buying from the September before that. They’re scamming you. Summer bulbs? You can buy those! Don’t worry about that!