Keukenhof, which is also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest Tulip garden. It is situated in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands and is a very beautiful attraction. Approximately 7 million flower buds are planted annually in the park.

Tourists in the urge of taking selfies don’t realise that they are damaging the property. The farmers in the Netherlands are facing damage of thousands of Euros from the tourists trampling on flowers and bulbs in the Tulip Garden in the Netherlands.

Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens

The Netherlands is filled with flower fanatics every spring to admire the colourful Tulip garden. They love to get clicked with this beautiful sight. But unfortunately, that has lead to the damage of these flowers. Tourists carelessly tramp on the flowers and bulbs in search of a perfect picture.

The Dutch tourism board has now started a campaign encouraging tourists to take “Tulip-friendly pictures” to limit the damaged caused. The campaign is to click pictures from outside the fields with the #watchyourfeet.

Farmers have also installed fences so that the visitors can enjoy the view but from a respectful distance. There also are signs printed that say “Enjoy the flowers” and “Respect Our pride”. 40 “ambassadors” also appeared to support the cause and show how important it is to preserve the fields.

The message applies to all flowers:

“Do not walk into the flower fields, however tempting it may seem,” the campaign warns. “The flower fields are on private land. Wading through the flowers may damage the flowers and bulbs or spread diseases to the flowers. Such actions cost flower growers lots of money every year.”

Visitors are instead requested to take pictures from the edges and are allowed to visit the special cutting gardens where visitors are allowed to walk between the flowers.

Next time you visit these gardens, please be careful so that you don’t hurt the tulips and still enjoy the place.


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