The warmest winter and spring for many years have brought Holland's tulip and narcissi fields into exceptionally early bloom and have made possible the opening of the famous Keukenhof Gardens exhibition of spring flowers a week before the normal time.
Miss Klompe presented with bouquet of narcissi by Burgomaster of Lisse
Miss Klompe cuts string and curtain representing winter falls, exposing arrangement of spring flowers.
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Miss Klompe walking in the gardens and in a hot-house.
The Keukenhof windmill turning in the soft breeze.
Two comprehensive shots of the gardens.
Three flower girls walking through the gardens.
Bed of narcissi with c.u. of one of the blooms.
Girl looking at red and white tulips called "The First".
Swans swimming in a pool.
Comprehensive shot of the gardens.
Comprehensive shot of the hot-houses.
c.u.'s of tulips (four shots).
Duck eating crocuses.
A fountain with narcissi in the foreground.
Bed of hyacinths.
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Background: The warmest winter and spring for many years have brought Holland's tulip and narcissi fields into exceptionally early bloom and have made possible the opening of the famous Keukenhof Gardens exhibition of spring flowers a week before the normal time.
The opening ceremony was this afternoon, 23rd March, by a woman Cabinet Minister, Miss M. Klompe, Netherlands Minister of Social Welfare. The gardens, justly claimed to be amongst the most beautiful in the world, displayed masses of brilliant colour made by tons of thousands of tulips, daffodils, crocuses and other early spring flowers, seen against the fresh green of velvety lawns, splashing fountains and miniature woodlands intersected by many swiftly flowing streams.
The magnificent trees overhanging the winding lake in the centre of the gardens were just beginning to burst into leaf and the waters of the lake were alive with swans, black as well as white, and with exotic waterfowl some of which were already making nests in the flower beds on the banks.
Besides the outdoor flowers, visitors saw hot-house displays of the latest varieties of tulips, ranging in colour from blazing scarlets to purples so dark as to be almost black; sculptures by some of the world's greatest masters; and a picturesque, carefully preserved specimen of one of those remarkably constructed windmills characteristic of Holland which are now growing steadily fewer as power-operated machinery replaces them.