Bretons go Dutch for early tulips

A Breton field of tulips in full bloom in March

A colourful corner of Finistère is perennially Dutch thanks to a passionate family of growers, writes Jane Hanks

Fields of spring bulbs are usually associated with the Netherlands. But there is a place in France where you can go to see more than 40 hectares of hyacinths and tulips in full bloom in March and April. These can be seen from your car, during organised walks, and you can also take a trip amongst the flowers in a “petit train”.

Sarl Kaandorp at La Torche in south west Finistère is owned by a Dutch family. The parents of the present owners, had been growing bulbs in Holland from 1960, but they wanted to expand and land was both difficult to find and expensive. They took a trip around the French coast and in 1980, they chose this corner of Brittany where there was the right climate and sandy soil to suit their needs. They are now one of the biggest growers in France.

Sarl Kaandorp specialises in hyacinths, tulips ...

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