Words can't really do justice to how beautiful these gardens were, especially not if I'm the person writing, but I don't even think the great writers of the world could do them justice. Yup, I'm calling out Shakespeare, Longfellow, Twain; I don't think they could cut it. Fortunately for us, we have modern technology; digital cameras to the rescue!
The folks who run the gardens must be out for serious tourist money, because you pay a reasonable amount to get in, but from there, if you want a map (which since the gardens are spread over an area almost as big as Disneyland seems reasonable) you have to buy the souvenir guide book with a pull out map. And then either toss the guidebook, which seems rather wasteful, or carry it around all day, which given the size of the gardens, is an extra pound we didn't want to carry. We chose to get lost in the gardens. Meant we didn't see some of the better stuff until the very end, but oh well.
Also, it meant we don't really know the exact scientific names or gardening world names of most of these flowers, so please don't ask. We just took pictures of what looked pretty, which admittedly, was everything, so this is a few of the couple hundred photos we have from Keukenhof. I want to also point out that aside from cropping out random people photo-bombing our pictures, I did very little editing on these. The gardens really are this bright and cheery.
Minimal narration below. Just enjoy the photos. If it helps set the mood, you can take a moment to go turn on some soothing classical music, or strike wind chimes for peaceful melodies.
I'd never seen tulips like these before, but it made me realize why all grade school children draw tulips as I highlighted in blue. To be honest, if I had to draw a tulip right now, that's what I would draw. It didn't make sense before, because most tulips, the tops don't point out as extreme as that when they open, but on this kind of tulip, they do. Random thoughts from me.