A Dutch Treat: Top 5 Floral Events in Holland
Tulips are synonymous with Holland. The brightly colored bulbs bloom in all their glory
throughout the spring. But visitors who find themselves here during other seasons have
discovered that this horticultural haven is a perennial garden. Crocuses, daffodils, yellow
narcissi, hyacinths and - my personal favorites - gladioli, grace these floral fields of dreams
throughout the entire year. No matter where your hotel; you'll be treated to visual extravaganza at nearly every turn.
Holland.com, the official site of Holland, provides the following list of area flower events
enjoyed by tourists and locals alike:
April – May: 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the park Keukenhof. Gardens and four
pavilions show a fantastic collection of: tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses,
carnations, irises, lilies and many other flowers. Keukenhof is by far the most impressive
international flower exhibition you’ll ever see.
April – early October: A world horticultural expo held in a different town every ten
years. Enjoy the most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees and fruit and
3. Flower Parade
April: The most amazing flower parade in the world. 50 enormous floats and cars richly
decorated with flowers form a flower parade that drives along a 40 kilometer route. This
visual feast is visited by hundreds of thousands of people.
4. Floating Flower Market
Year-round: Holland’s best known flower market is located in Amsterdam. Merchandise
is displayed on floating barges along the Singel canal. The great variety of flowers make
it one of the most colorful places of Amsterdam.
Year-round: The flower auction in Naaldwijk is the largest cut flower and plant auction
house in the world and is responsible for over 90% of Dutch trade in those products. The
second largest auction house is VBA Aalsmeer. You will have to get up early but then you'll be able to experience the excitement of the flower auction from a vantage point and with English commentary.