The Keukenhof had to remain closed this season, but fortunately people can virtually enjoy the ‘Flower Hill’ with bulbs provided by Jansen’s Overseas. The flower hill which is situated at the main entrance of Keukenhof is one of the most photographed spots in the park by visitors. Over 43.000 tulips and 20.000 crocus are planted on this hill, providing 8 weeks of full blossom. (photo credit Albert Dros)
For the first time in 5 years IGMPR was not able to join the opening of the Tulip Festival in Dafeng Holland Flower Park, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Nevertheless we were glad our support in the preparations paid off with blooming tulips and activities. A special congratulatory speech was given by the Dutch Ambassador Wim Geerts and South-Holland’s Deputy vice-governor Adri Bom-Lemstra by video.
A report on the festival and the impact of COVID-19 on operations in the Dafeng Holland Flower Park was recently published by Flora Culture International.
On March 2, Mr. Ibo Gülsen joined the Spring Meeting of AIPH in Miami to present on the benefits and lessons learned of Garden Tourism for horticultural expo’s. In his presentation he highlighted the history of gardens, the economic impact of the garden tourism industry, which attracts 100’s millions of visitors each year and the potential synergies between one-off expo’s and garden destinations as permanent visitor attractions.