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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tulip fields 

The most popular tourism gardens in The Netherlands is Keukenhof at Lisse, near Amsterdam and it boasts one of the world's greatest displays of tulips and spring flowers. It was established nearly 60 years ago and each spring there is a flower festival when more than 7 million bulbs burst into flower throughout the 70 acre garden.

Tulips at Keukenhof GardensFor the 2007 season, the Keukenhof has chosen the theme 'Linnaeus: King of Flowers Turns 300', to commemorate the birth of Swedish physician and botanist Carolus Linnaeus 300 years ago. Linnaeus had tremendous impact on the bulb world and tulips are still named according to the classification that Linnaeus developed in the 18th century.

The Swedish theme will be incorporated in the park in a wide variety of ways, including a giant portrait (16 x 11 metres) of Pippi Longstocking, the young heroine of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren's beloved series, made out of bulbs designed to bloom in the spring.

A river of blue Muscari bordered by Thalia, white Narcissi, at Keukenhof Gardens

This year's International Keukenhof Flower Exhibition will be open from 22 March until 20 May, 2007.

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