Last week, gardeners of Keukenhof planted the first bulbs for a spectacular new flower mosaic of the Golden Age. Planting the mosaic emphasizes the autumn planting at Keukenhof. The coming months will see approximately seven million bulbs planted in the park.
The Keukenhof theme for 2016 is “The Golden Age”. The period in which the Netherlands went through a flourishing period in the field of trade, arts and science. This was also the period in which the world was discovered and the tulip trade thrived. .
The new flower bulb mosaic shows a Delft Blue cadre in which trade, shipping and Amsterdam canal houses are depicted. The mosaic will measure 250 square meters and will be planted in two layers with 100.000 tulips, muscari and crocus.
Besides the flower bulb mosaic, the Golden Age also forms an inspiration for the numerous flower shows in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion. New in 2016 are a Golden Age inspiration garden and a Delft Blue garden.
Many international tourists still come to the Netherlands to see the exceptional icons, such as, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Dutch cheese, windmills and tulips. The significance of Keukenhof for tourism in the Netherlands is exceptionally large. Every year 800,000 visitors come to Keukenhof from over 100 countries. Approximately 75% of these visitors come from abroad. The bulb sector in general and the tulips and Keukenhof in particular, have become the face of the tourist image of the Netherlands.
Keukenhof 2016 opens from 24 March until 16 May.