The Keukenhof flower garden: The lively spring in the Netherlands is not only colored by the beauty of Tulips, Narcissus, Hyacinth and other flowers planted in the de Bolenstreek flower gardens or in the Keukenhof flower garden.
In the botanical garden Clingendael which is located between Wassenaar and The Hague, there is a unique and beautiful garden that is a Japanese garden or in the Dutch language ‘Japanse tuin’.
The location is easy to reach both by private vehicles and public transportation. From the Hague central station, you only need to take bus number 18 or 23 to Clingendael.
After walking among the Linden trees and grove of plants in ‘Sterrenbos’ about ten minutes from the bus stop or car park, we arrived at the front door of the Japanese garden.
Entering this park is free of charge. However, because the collection of plants and their mosses is very susceptible to damage, this Japanese garden is opened only 8 weeks a year, six weeks in spring and two weeks in autumn.
The Japanese garden is not too big. The extent of only about 6800 m2. From outside the park is limited by a simple bamboo fence. Outside the gate, information about when the park began to be opened and the rules that visitors must obey.
Persons with disabilities are provided with a special entrance. For the sake of beauty and comfort, visitors are prohibited from carrying pets such as dogs. The baby stroller must also be left at the guard office which is located to the left of the entrance.
Japanese traditional hut in The Keukenhof flower garden
Greeted by the chirping of birds, we entered this Japanese garden area last weekend of May 2018. To go to the main part of the park we have to pass a typical Japanese gate one meter wide.
The road at the front of the park is indeed narrow. Visitors take turns in and out of the gate. Two officers were seen standing watching from the edge of the bamboo fence.
An expanse of moss yellowish-green exposed to the spring sun looks neat to the right and left paths giving the impression of cool and peaceful. Above it, a small Japanese hut stood firm, complete with a hand washing area and a shower of water.
According to information read at the entrance, there are more than 40 kinds of mosses that have grown in the park since 2001, which have been declared national monuments. The Keukenhof flower garden
Japanese ponds and lanterns in The Keukenhof flower garden
Swimming as one of the typical elements of a Japanese garden with an artificial island in the middle becomes the next scene. Stone lanterns and Maple trees are beautiful decorations on the island.
There is something unique about this Maple tree. Besides green leaf, there are also those with yellowish leaves and even red leaves. In the distance, the glittering roof of a typical Japanese pavilion can be seen in the afternoon sun.
Visitors both young and old are seen sitting resting in the typical Japanese house. While taking shelter, they looked at the beautiful charm of the Japanese Azaleas and the colorful Rhododendrons which were blooming to decorate a clear watery pond.
The shadow of the Azaleas and the red twin bridges is clearly visible in the pool where the water is calm. A very impressive panorama. We felt as if we were in Japan. The Keukenhof flower garden
Japanese Azaleas in The Keukenhof flower garden
This Japanese garden was created in 1902 by order of Marguerite M. Baronesse van Brienen (1871-1939) or better known as the Freule Daisy owner of the Clingendael botanical garden.
Freule Daisy often visited Japan along with the end of Japan’s political isolation in 1860. It was there that the beginning of the growing interest in traditional Japanese garden art and inspired him to create a replica of the Japanese garden in Kyoto in the Netherlands.
He bought elements of typical Japanese gardens such as stone lanterns, water showers, statues, statues, bridges and huts or pavilions typical of Japan. In making this park, Free Daisy was greatly assisted by Japanese diplomats who were on duty in the Netherlands.
Then become a Japanese garden in The Hague. The Keukenhof flower garden
Turtle Island and maple tree
Before going home, we went back through the fish pond from the right side. For a moment it smelled fragrant.
“This smells of Bosazalea flowers, yes that flower is yellow,” said Japanese garden guard who has served for 19 years while pointing to the plant in question.
According to guard, all the elements in this Japanese garden have symbolic meaning. Not only stone lanterns with varying shapes and sizes are scattered throughout the park, but two red bridges also have a meaning.
“This small turtle-shaped island is a symbol of longevity,” the guard explained. We have no intention of disturbing the guard who seems to be still busy with his work.
To be sure, in the fall we will come back here again to feel the feel of Japan from this orange country. This “The Keukenhof flower garden” written by a friend, who visited this place last year.