The coronavirus pandemic changed our whole life imposing self-isolation thus preventing any social gatherings or events. We cannot go to the museums, cinemas, national parks, etc.
Netherlands are known for their magnificent annual Keukenhof Flower Exhibit and millions of people all over the world were eagerly waiting to see the gorgeous fields of tulips in Lisse. But, just like any event the garden had to be closed in March as well.
The opening of the world’s largest flower garden was scheduled to be on March 21, but due to obvious reasons, the coronavirus, it was initially moved to April 6. Yet, the pandemic did not slow down its pace and the growing threat from the pandemic forced the officials of Keukenhof flower garden to postpone the opening due to the Government’s issued lockdown until April 28.
The Keukenhof Flower Garden
This widely known garden has more than 800 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. The 7 million bulbs bloom every year and with their magnificent beauty attract 1.5 million travelers from over 100 countries.
It was first opened in 1950, and since then has never been closed down but in March and April for the first time it will be closed for visitors. This period for the garden is the most important and thanks to the exhibit they attract numerous visitors who want to enjoy the colorful and stunning sights of the garden.
The director Bart Siemerink said that closing down the exhibit was an emotional experience:“The moment you know you can’t open, you also have to tell 1300 seasonal workers that you don’t have a job for them.”
Keukenhof Virtually Open
The employees continued to take good care of the flower buds not allowing this natural beauty to go to waste. The flower lovers were very disappointed for not having the ability to see the flowers, but the Keukenhof Flower Exhibit has come to the perfect solution. They brought the springtime experience online by launching a video series named “Keukenhof Virtually Open.” The video series were based on featuring tours of the flower fields and thus displaying all the beauty that the garden can offer at this time of the year. People would be able to see all their favorite flowers and the gardeners would take them to various spots in the park while showing the flowers in bloom. In this virtual tour the gardeners will be your guides explaining about the nature of each flower sharing so many interesting facts.
The official website of Keukenhof says:“If people cannot come to Keukenhof, we will bring Keukenhof to the people”.
Furthermore it is stated:
“In the months leading up to spring, a lot of hard work has gone into providing visitors with a beautiful experience. The park is already blooming beautifully and will become even more beautiful in the coming weeks.”
The garden will lose its revenue this year, and according to the predictions of Siemerink that would be €23 million, but he is still optimistic and believes that they will survive this situation.
“We will survive the year, though not without a hitch. We hope to make a very beautiful Keukenhof in 2021.”
The staff of around 50 people still works in the garden and grooms it for its opening next year. Likewise, they have installed bunnies and blooming bulbs in the area preparing it and keeping it in good shape.
Check the introduction of the Keukenhof Virtually Open video series by Bart Siemerink in the following short clip:
If you like tulips, then by all means check the Keukenhof website or their YouTube channel and enjoy the adorable video series of field of tulips in Lisse, Netherlands.