With its 32 hectares containing 7 million flower bulbs
planted by hand in more than 1,600 different varieties, the Keukenhof is the largest bulb flower park in the world.
In addition to the competition, Armitage's Birchencliffe Garden Centre will host a fabulous bulb planting workshop where experts from the Eden Project and the Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Centre will share their hints and tips for getting the very best out of bulbs.
The Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Centre recommends three simple steps for planting summer bulbs:
Life on a faraway planet in the Ooni Kingdom is surreal, where the Kirki village people grow their computers from CPU seeds, walk around with small mirrors sewn into their clothing (appearance is a big deal in the Ooni Kingdom) and flower bulbs
are used as candlelight.
At the annual 'Best of the best' flower bulb
ceremony in The Netherlands, gardeners voted the Dahlia Arabian Night the must-plant summer flower bulb
, ahead of cannas, oxalis and zantedeschia.
A Meridian flower bulb
company with Holland roots has blossomed into a successful international business thanks to careful cultivation by its two owners, who are carrying on a family tradition that began in 1919.
Flower expert Lucas Boreel, from the Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Centre, says: 'Combine colours and materials that contrast liveliness with a natural crudeness - such as floral tin cups and old patterned jugs.
FOR more information on bulbs contact the Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Centre (020 7915 4776 www.
Frans, technical director of the Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Service, is clearly a dessert man.
The best time to plant tulips and daffodils is in the fall, according to the Netherlands Flower Bulb
According to the International Flower Bulb
Center, which sponsored the survey, "good display is the heart of good merchandising," especially since flower bulbs
are an impulse purchase.
THE Sunday Mirror has 25 free parcels of Crocus tommasinianus "Ruby Giant" bulbs to give away courtesy of the Nether lands Flower Bulb
Created by the Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Centre and the Eden Project, the campaign's aim is to highlight the importance of getting children outside and learning about their natural environment, while using the 'plant now' message to encourage schools to regenerate and enhance their own surroundings.