If you’re visiting the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, this spring, a pleasant day out might be to the international flower exhibition called Keukenhof.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the exhibition, which attracts some 800,000 international visitors every year. Over the past few months, more than seven million flower bulbs have been planted throughout the park in preparation.
The 2009 show will commemorate the fact that 400 years ago, Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan and founded the settlement of New Amsterdam, which later became New York. A spectacular flower mosaic, produced from more than 25,000 bulbs, will depict the Statue of Liberty.
The vast park is situated in Lisse, south of Amsterdam. I’m told that the Amsterdam Tourist Information Office (situated just opposite the Centraal Station in the city centre) offers a joint ticket at the cost of about 20 Euros (£18 / $26), which includes admission and a bus connection from the city.
The exhibition will be opened by Queen Beatrix on March 18th. Public admission runs from March 19th to May 21st from 0800-1930. More details at http://www.keukenhof.nl/
by Andy Moreton
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