World Renowned Keukenhof Gardens in Holland Will Open March 24

March 17, 2011

LISSE, The Netherlands, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In the afternoon
of Wednesday 23 March, Mrs Bettina Wulff will open the Keukenhof
International Flower Exhibition in Lisse, accompanied by her husband

Christian Wulff, President of the Federal Republic of Germany. His Royal
Highness the Prince of Orange is intending to attend the ceremony.

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Despite the severe winter weather, there is a lot of organic activity
going on under the ground at Keukenhof in Lisse. Around seven million
flowering bulbs have been planted during the past months and as spring
breaks, these will provide the traditional colorful splendor of the
international flowering bulb exhibition.

In the period from 24 March to 20 May, a colourful tribute will be paid
to Germany, our most important export market for flowering bulbs and the home
of the largest number of foreign visitors to Keukenhof. In 2010 around
800.000 visitors passed through the gates of Keukenhof, Germany: Land of
Poets and Philosophers is the theme for Keukenhof 2011. Highlights this year
are the exhibition HollandGermany, the Inspirational Gardens with a German
twist, the flowering bulb mosaic of the Brandenburg Gate and a special theme

Keukenhof was originally the herb garden (“keuken” means kitchen in
Dutch) of the Countess of Holland, Jacoba van Beyeren (1401-1436). In 1840,
the horticultural architects Zocher, a father and son, designed the park that
forms the basis of the current Keukenhof. They also designed the noted
Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

Keukenhof will be opening its gates to the public for the 62nd time on
Thursday 24 March 2011. When the gates close eight weeks later, once again
many guests from all over the world will have visited Keukenhof, making
Keukenhof a significant contributor to the success of the tourist industry in
the Netherlands and this region in particular.

The official opening of Keukenhof will take place on 23 March. The park
will be open to the public from Thursday 24 March to Friday 20 May 2011.


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