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Keukenhof 2013: The United Kingdom – Land of Great Gardens

Keukenhof 2013: The United Kingdom – Land of Great Gardens

Most spectacular start to spring you’ll ever see: Enchanting tour of the world’s biggest garden which has seven million flowers

By DAMIEN GAYLE in The Daily Mail

PUBLISHED: 12:48 GMT, 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:24 GMT, 24 April 2013

It opened to the public on March 21 and continues for eight weeks.

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More than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will make a spectacularly British display at the largest spring garden in the world.

The 80-acre exhibition near the town of Lisse, south-west of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, known as Keukenhof, is described as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

This year the theme is ‘The United Kingdom – Land of Great Gardens’.

The Juliana Pavilion will house the exhibition ‘My Great Garden’, showing the various aspects of British gardening and landscaping. Pictures, light, sound and setting will result in a striking experience, organisers say.

Some 70,000 British tourists are estimated to have passed through Keukenhof’s gates last year.

In addition to over 32 hectares of flowers, the spring garden offers 30 inspiring flower shows, seven amazing inspirational gardens and 100 wonderful works of art curated by Dutch artist Ansèl Sandberg.

Keukenhof, which means kitchen garden in Dutch, is situated on 15th century hunting grounds which also served as a source of herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut’s castle.

The garden was established in 1949 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, known for its tulips, is the world’s largest exporter of flowers.

Keukenhof has been the world’s largest flower garden for over fifty years. It opened to the public on March 21 and continues for eight weeks.

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