On our second day of vacation we drove to the famous Keukenhof flower festival!
Keukenhof is the greatest flower garden on earth and open for only two months each spring. Every season 7,000,000 (yep, that's seven million!) flowers bloom across the 80 acre park.
Not all the flowers at Keukenhof are outside. There are several pavillons around the grounds packed with flowers, arrangements, potted plants, and shrubs.
Even the chairs were colorful.
Fox being silly. As usual :)
An incredible amount of work goes into the park year-round to prepare for the eight weeks of the spring season. Each spring the garden designer walks around the park to see where improvements could be made. By May, he has already finished his designs of the park for the coming year, taking into consideration the wide range of color combinations and blooming times and lengths for each flower type.
Then, a team of 30 gardeners start planting the 7 million bulbs in mid-September. All of the bulbs are planted by hand which takes around three months. New grass is sown before each opening season to ensure that there is a fresh, green backdrop when the park opens. At the end of each season all the bulbs are dug up and destroyed (!!!!!!) and the cycle begins again.
Each year Keukenhof has a theme and in 2015 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh's death, the theme was Van Gogh! The highlight of the theme is a 250 square meter flower bulb mosaic of the artist made up of thousands of tulips and hyacinths. Alas, the portrait had not yet bloomed.
Ginormous purple flower pots.
I spy some flowering fields!
Fox and I went up into the windmill to get a better view of more fields. We were too early in the festival - all of the brown will be blooming with flowers in just a couple weeks. Next time :)
Such a colorful and fun-filled day! Next stop: Brussels, Beglium!