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Keukenhof Gardens - pictures of tulips from the world's biggest flower garden

Updated on August 22, 2014

Keukenhof isn't just about Tulips - see daffodils, hyacinths, narcissis, and more

The Keukenhof Garden park in Lisse, Holland, is the place to go if you love the bright and cheery colors of tulips and other spring bulbs. Each individual bulb is a beauty, but to see them massed like enormous carpets and in designs of all sorts is surprising and delightful to the eyes. Even if it rains, which it does a lot in Holland, the colors enliven and challenge the grey weather.

Since the best time to see the gardens is around the middle to end of April, it isn't easy to get there. I hope these pictures will give you a feeling for the park, and stir you to visit there some time in the future.

All photos copyright Elyn MacInnis, 2012

Keukenhof actually has more than tulips - It also has daffodils, hyacinths, and fritillaria. Fritillaria? It's the one that looks like a pineapple!

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Orange frilillaria  in a border - everyone was interested in these unique looking flowers.Fritillaria also come in yellow colors.  Pineapple?  Streetlight?  Sunflower?China Pink hyacinths at the Keukenhof Gardens.Grape hyacinths come in a two tone version.  I like them this way!Parrot tulips are named because their colors are as strong as the colors of parrot feathers."Double tulips" almost look like some kind of peony.This is one of the original tulips that came from Turkey to Holland before 1500.  This tulip is perhaps my favorite.  Sunshine yellow, a more relaxed form, and as fragrant as lilacs.White hyacinths can be really stunning.A big daffodil performer taking a bow.  Can't you see a garden fairy making friends with this one?More parrot tulips.  These look really crazy!
Orange frilillaria  in a border - everyone was interested in these unique looking flowers.
Orange frilillaria in a border - everyone was interested in these unique looking flowers.
Fritillaria also come in yellow colors.  Pineapple?  Streetlight?  Sunflower?
Fritillaria also come in yellow colors. Pineapple? Streetlight? Sunflower?
China Pink hyacinths at the Keukenhof Gardens.
China Pink hyacinths at the Keukenhof Gardens.
Grape hyacinths come in a two tone version.  I like them this way!
Grape hyacinths come in a two tone version. I like them this way!
Parrot tulips are named because their colors are as strong as the colors of parrot feathers.
Parrot tulips are named because their colors are as strong as the colors of parrot feathers.
"Double tulips" almost look like some kind of peony.
"Double tulips" almost look like some kind of peony.
This is one of the original tulips that came from Turkey to Holland before 1500.  This tulip is perhaps my favorite.  Sunshine yellow, a more relaxed form, and as fragrant as lilacs.
This is one of the original tulips that came from Turkey to Holland before 1500. This tulip is perhaps my favorite. Sunshine yellow, a more relaxed form, and as fragrant as lilacs.
White hyacinths can be really stunning.
White hyacinths can be really stunning.
A big daffodil performer taking a bow.  Can't you see a garden fairy making friends with this one?
A big daffodil performer taking a bow. Can't you see a garden fairy making friends with this one?
More parrot tulips.  These look really crazy!
More parrot tulips. These look really crazy!

When to visit?

The garden opens the last week in

March to mid-May.

Best time to visit? Mid-April

Keukenhof has a river of flowers - I loved this blue stream of grape hyacinths surrounded by daffodils

keukenhof park
keukenhof park

I had to wait a while to take this one and get it without a crowd. But it happened, even on a sunny morning in the height of tulip season. There are dozens of other bulb flowers blooming, including these charming hyacinths and daffodils. It made me wish I had a big enough garden to have a hyacinth stream like this one! The bulbs are donated by growers.

The small lakes and water features make Keukenhof even more charming

tulip pictures keukenhof
tulip pictures keukenhof

Everywhere you go in Holland there is water. a lot of it! Along the roads there are canals, and in the gardens there are beautiful ponds which reflect both the massed tulip colors, the trees, and the sky. Water adds a lot to the tulip and spring bulb picture. Make sure you visit the small lake at the back of the garden near the castle.

The earliest tulip genes are represented too - These tulips, tulipa sylvestrus, came to Holland before 1600

earliest form of tulip - tulipa sylvestris
earliest form of tulip - tulipa sylvestris

This tulip is in many ways my favorite. The most heavenly thing about it is its fragrance, which is absolutely delightful. Most of the bulbs at the garden are from hybrid stock, but the garden also has some of the oldest varieties too. This one came at the very beginning of the tulip trade, before 1600. It is as lovely today as it was then.

Isn't she lovely?

pink tulip picture
pink tulip picture

Deciding which type of tulip is your favorite is really hard. Of course, you don't have to have a favorite, but this is one of mine. If you go and take photos, it is wise to remember to think in all sizes. The smallest, single tulip in all its glory is a hard picture to remember to take. The masses of tulips are more remarkable in many ways. But each beautiful flower is so stunning, it is good to remember to take photos close up, and then in broader and broader frames, all the way to the massive fields. Each photo is amazing in its own way.

Here is our beautiful tulip together with all her friends - One tulip - a few tulips - masses of tulips - they are all amazing!

tulip picture lisse holland
tulip picture lisse holland

The Keukenhof Tulip and Spring Bulb Gardens

World's largest flower garden

7 million bulbs- 1,600 varieties

87 tree varieties - 2,500 trees total

15 km of footpath - 280 benches

Now receives visitors from more than 130 countries around the world

There are thousands of visitors to the Keukenhof Garden - but they are absorbed by the park, so you can almost always get a good photo just of plants

I took this photo so you could see how many people visit during the best viewing season, the last two weeks of April.

Keukenhof is also the world's largest sculpture garden

tulip picture Holland in spring
tulip picture Holland in spring

Keukenhof is not only a home for glorious spring bulbs, but is also home to more than 150 pieces of artwork created by more than 50 artists.

The tulips don't just end at the garden door... - All around the Keukenhof Garden you can find stunning fields full of color - a brilliant tulip quilt for the e

tulip fields lisse
tulip fields lisse

These fields are visible from the garden, but it is worth renting a bike and cycling around the Lisse area. There are places to rent bikes in every hotel and even at the gardens. There is a two hour cycling tour which took me all afternoon because I stopped for so many pictures and also had tea in a cafe.

Tulip fields - a sight you won't quite believe

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A tulip field often has someone walking the field in the distance.  They are culling out the poor stock and the bulbs that are not the right color.Yellow tulip fields look so sunny even in the rain.White hyacinths and white tulips are not so bright in nature, but are equally lovely.Bulb fields with mixed colors are not so common, but they exist.  This one is quite a sight with all of its pinks and purples.Imagine being able to see this sight every day?
A tulip field often has someone walking the field in the distance.  They are culling out the poor stock and the bulbs that are not the right color.
A tulip field often has someone walking the field in the distance. They are culling out the poor stock and the bulbs that are not the right color.
Yellow tulip fields look so sunny even in the rain.
Yellow tulip fields look so sunny even in the rain.
White hyacinths and white tulips are not so bright in nature, but are equally lovely.
White hyacinths and white tulips are not so bright in nature, but are equally lovely.
Bulb fields with mixed colors are not so common, but they exist.  This one is quite a sight with all of its pinks and purples.
Bulb fields with mixed colors are not so common, but they exist. This one is quite a sight with all of its pinks and purples.
Imagine being able to see this sight every day?
Imagine being able to see this sight every day?

You can also see small home tulip gardens on the way to Keukenhof along the roads - Even the gardens of local homes are full of tulips and spring bulbs

tulip pictures holland
tulip pictures holland

Love these photos?

You can see them in guestcards at Zazzle

Would you like to send a card with these beautiful photos?

Go to:

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Do you like tulips and spring bulbs? - Did you like your visit to the Keukenhof Park and surrounding area?

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      Xixilater 5 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful photos...and the colors are all so cheerful!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoyed the photos and the story. Wish you the best.

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      Elaine Chen 5 years ago

      very beautiful pictures.......let me feel happy when look at it

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Beautiful photos. Fritillaria - now that's an interesting looking flower.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The pictures are breathtaking, all the rows of flowers in pink, yellow and red makes you feel you are in heaven.

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      aiclogcabins 5 years ago

      I really wish I could visit Keukenhof, it looks amazing and I didn't realise they had lakes and sculpture too.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us so that we could all take a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      You have such amazing photos here! The tulips are gorgeous.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love these pictures!

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      kerri5 5 years ago

      Dear Elyn,thank you again for the beautiful lens!

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      HomeRunnersSuccess 5 years ago

      Amazing! I loved seeing the flowers -

      Bulbs are amazing when they all start blooming......

      Thanks so very much - I'll be back to check again soon.

      Kathy H

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      stacey-marmolejo 5 years ago

      Gorgeous. I just happen to be in Amsterdam airport right now and the tulips they are selling here are lovely, but the FIELDS of tulips are like a painting I could look at forever.

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      louisemyers 5 years ago

      Elyn these are just gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My comment is tnat I especially liked your comments on your visit and your closeness to the flowers, all your views. All your pictures were my favorites!

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Dr. Betty L Thompson, innovative