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Netherlands: This Dutch design will emerge when Keukenhof gardens bloom next spring

Netherlands: This Dutch design will emerge when Keukenhof gardens bloom next spring
Dutch painter Piet Mondrian is the inspiration for the current bulb planting at the famed Keukenhof gardens near Amsterdam. Next year, the gardens will be open March 23 to May 21. (Keukenhof)

Gardeners at the famed Keukenhof gardens near Amsterdam have begun planting more than 7 million flower bulbs that will bloom in spring, some of them in an artistic form.

Dutch design is the gardens' theme for 2017, which includes a massive mosaic of a work by abstract Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, according to a news release.

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The blue, gold, red and white masterpiece will be planted with about 80,00 tulips, muscari (a.k.a. grape hyacinth) and crocuses. It will be planted in two layers so the blooms will last longer.

Roughly 7 million bulbs will be planted in the garden this year.
Roughly 7 million bulbs will be planted in the garden this year. (Keukenhof)

When the gardens bloom, Keukenhof draws more than a million visitors each year. About 10% come from America, the release says.

The Keukenhof gardens open March 23 and will remain open until May 21. It's The site is in Lisse, about a half hour southwest of Amsterdam.

Keukenhof, which means "kitchen garden" in English, has its roots in the 15th century and was redesigned in 1857 as part of a castle estate. It opened to the public in 1950 as a showcase of Dutch flower bulbs.

Info: Keukenhof

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