Keukenhof (The Kitchen Gardens)
Lying in a wooded park of 32 ha (79 acres) close to Lisse, the Keukenhof is one of the most spectacular public gardens in the world.
It was set up in 1949 as a showcase for bulb-growers and currently has around 6 million bulbs planted . Fields are full of dazzling narcissi, hyacinths and tulips in bloom from the end of March to the end of May.
You can also see the white blossom of the Japanese cherry tree in the park early in the season and, later in the year, the bright flowers of the azaleas and rhododendrons.
Bulb Fields - The Bollenstreek, a 30-km (19-mile) stretch between Haarlem and Leiden, is Holland's primary bulb-growing area. From March, the polders are aglow with glorious colors - the crocuses are the first to flower and the season culminates around mid-April with the majestic tulips. The lilies then follow at the end of May.