The Netherlands is known for many things but especially for its tulips. Although no one can travel to the see these beautiful flowers in person right now, the country’s most famous tulip garden Keukenhof is offering online tours.
The closure of the Netherlands has been unfortunate timing. This falls right over spring in the Northern Hemisphere, perfect for seeing the tulips in full bloom.
However, this has not stopped the gardens from showing people worldwide their beauty. ‘If people cannot come to Keukenhof, we will bring Keukenhof to the people,’ it said in a statement.
The Keukenhof gardens opened in 1950, to an astounding 236,000 visitors who wanted to see the vibrant flower. This is not surprising as the tulip has been known to attract attention, admiration and even value.
The tulip even resulted in the first stock market crash in 1637, named ‘Tulip Mania’, trading of the flower’s bulbs led to a market bubble.
Today, Keukenhof welcomes over 1.5 million people to view its wide-variety of flowers over the eight-week season each year.
Despite not being able to welcome guests, tulip lovers can experience the 550 types of tulips on the Keukenhof’s YouTube page, where gardeners explore the 31-hectare landscape and explain aspects of the tulips and their upkeep.
Image: Keukenhof/ Twitter