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Keukenhof 2016

March the 24th, was the open day of Keukenhof 2016! Bakker.com have been proud sponsors of the Keukenhof now for many years. I was lucky enough to visit recently and my high expectations were well and truly met! From walking though the gates, the sense of excitement is buzzing around you. For any gardener, I can only liken it to Charlie entering the Chocolate Factory! Just wow!

It was a chilly morning …Read More

Flower Fields

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about… tulips

So, the results are in and the exciting new rainbow collection of tulips is available. But what’s the story behind these quintessential spring flowers? And what secrets do they hide?

Although Holland is famous for tulips, they’re not really Dutch at all – tulips actually come from Iran and Central Asia. They are a significant plant in Iranian culture – the country’s flag even contains a stylised representation of the …Read More

Visitors enjoying Keukenhof in the late afternoon sunshine

Going Dutch

Nothing quite prepares you for a visit to Holland in the springtime. People talk of ‘flower fields’ but when you get there, it’s so vast and colourful that you feel as if you’ve been shrunk in size and placed in a giant surreal painting. It’s rather strange and wonderful at the same time.

You can’t help but be impressed by the scale and efficiency of the horticultural industry in the Netherlands. …Read More