Keukenhof Gardens In The Netherlands Pictured On An Acrylic Fridge Magnet
Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands is pictured on this acrylic fridge magnet from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts. Keukenhof Gardens, also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world's largest flower garden. The thirty two hectares of land that the park covers are planted annually with approximately seven million bulbs. The ground where Keukenhof Gardens is situated, in the town of Lisse, used to be fifteenth century hunting grounds and was also the source of herbs supplied to the Countess of Hainaut's castle. The garden was first established in 1949 with the intention of providing an area in which growers could promote their flowers, thereby further improving the flower export business of the Netherlands (the country is the largest exporter of flowers in the world).
The Tradition Of Flowers In The Netherlands
The Netherlands has a long tradition in the flower industry; tulips are the most famous of these flowers. The Netherlands is at the centre of the European and World flower industry with the world's largest flower market taking place in the Netherlands town of Aalsmeer. Visitors to the country can sample its flower growing talents by viewing the tulip fields when they are alive with a myriad of colours from pink to purple and red to yellow. The most prolific tulip growing areas in the Netherlands are between Haarlem and Sassenheim where mid-April is the best time to see the blooms. Public transport is available for travel to the bulb fields and bicycles can be hired to cycle in the fields. Keukenhof Gardens, as pictured on our attractive acrylic fridge magnet, lies within the bulb growing areas and provides an additional opportunity to view tulips as well as a variety of other blooms.