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The coronavirus pandemic has compelled many world-famous parks and gardens to shut down. Due to this, for the first time in the 71 years of its existence, Keukenhof, the world-renowned Dutch flower park in South Holland, will not be open for public display of its famous flowerbeds. The Netherlands, which is usually visited by one million people from all over the world at this time of year, is famous for its springtime blossoms like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, roses, lilies and more.
This year there will be no visitors to witness these beautiful blooms. However, exhibitors and gardeners are determined not to let their hard work go to waste. A virtual guided tour called ‘Keukenhof Virtually Open’ has been arranged which will transport viewers to the outstanding, 80-acre park that will showcase the incredible displays of hyacinths, daffodils and multi-coloured tulips.
Bekijk nu onze 360° tour door Keukenhof!https://t.co/DtypvRRLzr— Keukenhof (@visitkeukenhof) April 18, 2020
Credits: VR Gorilla pic.twitter.com/K0x9xEbY3I
A statement on the website reads, “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. Keukenhof likes to show this to people under the slogan “If people cannot come to Keukenhof, we will bring Keukenhof to the people”. Keukenhof will open virtually via online channels. That means beautiful images of Keukenhof 2020, [and] an explanation from the gardeners or other people who show how beautiful the park is.”
With over 800 varieties of hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies, tulips, etc., Keukenhof is the world’s largest bulb-flower garden. For this year’s display, around seven million bulbs were planted. Most-visited between March and May, Keukenhof is a colourful high point of any visit to the Netherlands.
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