Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Flower Extravaganza

With the arrival of Nancy (Stacey's mom), the biggest holiday in the country looming (Queen's Day), and an upcoming trip to Stockhom, it was shaping up to be a very busy few weeks.

On Sunday, April 27th, we took advantage of some very nice weather and made the 25-minute drive to the world-famous (in the eyes of the Dutch) Keukenhof, a place that has to be seen to be believed. On this multi-acre square of land that sits southwest of Amsterdam, the worlds most astounding display of flowers—especially tulips—can be seen up close. Although you can see the straight rows of flowers growing in nearby fields, ready for harvest, Keukenhof takes floral display many steps further, with meticulously landscaped grounds that feature a stunning display of colors and flower types. The layout alone should qualify for the Academy Award of landscape design (if there were such an award), and then the assault of colors delivers the knockout blow.

Keukenhof is, without a doubt, a little old lady's flower garden on steroids. You can't help but come away impressed with the magnitude and variety that you'll see there. If you ever get the chance to visit, don't pass it up (www.keukenhof.nl).

HERE is a link to all of the photos we took at Keukenhof.

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