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A Dutch Treat: Top 5 Flower 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., the official site of Holland, provides the following list of area flower events enjoyed by tourists and locals alike:

1. Keukenhof
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.

2. Floriade
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 vegetables. Mark your agenda, because the next Floriade takes place in Venlo in 2012.

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.

5. FloraHolland
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.

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