Flowers ♡ Paleis Het Loo

What makes flowers so attractive? Their scent, colour or short flowering time? They are only blooming for a short while. 'Bloom' travels through time and stimulates all your senses.

Bloom exhibition

For centuries, flowers have brought colour, fragrance and context to Paleis Het Loo. Bloom is about 17th-century still lifes and Princess Mary’s influence on the use of flowers. Contemporary artists, designers and the palace’s team of gardeners bring this history to life. Though they admire the historical artworks, they also have critical questions. How did these flowers come to be here? Who paid the price for all this wealth and beauty? And what is the future of flowers? There’s a story behind every flower and every work of art.

Flowers ♡ Paleis Het Loo

The rooms of the palace are still supplied with fresh bouquets weekly, assembled by its own craftsmen, partly with flowers from the Paleis Het Loo nursery garden. Paleis Het Loo is the only museum in the Netherlands with a professional flower room. Like the museum, the flower room celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year.

Bloom can be seen until 1 September 2024.

See and do in Bloom

Wonder line

see, smell, feel and hear

A flower is only there for a moment, people want it forever. From seed to flower, from fleeting to eternal: flowers help you stand still in the now. The wonder line gives space to pause at different places in the exhibition and let the senses do the work.

Family tour

hear and see

Come along to the past as well as the future. Then explore Bloom and surround yourself with all kinds of flowers.

Mary's hobbies

see and feel

Mary loved flowers. This was reflected in her hobbies, such as embroidery, flower arranging and sugaring flowers and fruits. Try embroidery, scent recognition or flower arranging yourself!

Reading tour in the palace


Follow a reading tour about flowers in the palace with the Paleis Het Loo's app.

Tulip Mania

In the 17th century striped tulips were especially popular. Mary also loved these tulips and used them in the gardens and rooms of Paleis Het Loo. What started as a love of tulips grew into an obsession. Dutch traders paid a fortune for a single tulip bulb. The exhibition will include a special loan: Pieter Cos's tulip book from 1637, in gouache on paper, from the Artist Special Collections of Wageningen University. In the same space, Jos Agasi has used Pieter Cos's tulip bookas one of the references for his installation and matching music.

Trash bouquet from series Silent lives, from owned to possessed, photograph, 114.5 x 90 cm, Mirjam Verschoor, Tribe called Trash.
Couture by fashion designer Claes Iversen.

Contemporary artists

Flower artist Hanneke Frankema has created a floral artwork using dried flowers from the gardens and flower room of Paleis Het Loo. These flowers have been dried since September 2023 in the attic of the palace.

Mirjam Verschoor, known as "Tribecalledtrash," creates floral artworks with a reference to sustainability. She photographs street litter and digitally adds it to an image, replacing flowers with waste in her still lifes, as a warning of how our throwaway society damages nature.

The exhibition will also feature a number of couture pieces by fashion designer Claes Iversen. This renowned designer is known for his creations in the fashion world and his commissions for the royal family. Iversen is fascinated by old techniques, such as embroidery, and puts his own spin on the techniques in his creations. These pieces complement the final part of the exhibition, which explores various contemporary forms of flower-based leisure activities, such as experiencing natural scents.

Paleis Het Loo collaborated with Noëlle van Dijk, a multidisciplinary artist & experimental designer, on the campaign image. Just as in 17th-century artworks, Noëlle brings together images and edits that are not possible in reality.