Next week, July 24-30, Windmill Island Gardens will celebrate Peak Week, the period of summer when the gardens are at the height of their beauty! The week will be filled with flowers and fun for all ages. As an added incentive to enjoy the gardens during Peak Week, an accompanying child can enter for free with every purchase of an adult ticket!

The Island’s horticulture staff is celebrating the end product of months of designing, planting, and maintenance. This year’s garden theme is ‘Year of the Butterfly’. The theme is evident in more than 20 beds which mimic butterfly coloring as well as the new ‘Vlinder Veld’ butterfly-attracting garden.

One highlight of the week is the culmination of a photo contest in which guests are encouraged to capture the beauty of the gardens and attractions during the month of July. Pictures should be emailed to windmill@cityofholland.com by Thursday, July 21 to be eligible to win. From July 22-27, a juried winner, a Facebook-vote winner and a visitor-vote winner will be chosen from the Top 5 photos.

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Tuesday, July 26, is Kid’s Day on the Island. Kids and parents will enjoy scavenger hunts, activity pages, carousel rides, crafts, games, and much more. Of course visitors of all ages are invited to tour the De Zwaan windmill and explore the rest of the Island. As a special double-up treat, TWO accompanying children can enter free with each purchase of an adult ticket on Kid’s Day!

On Wednesday, July 27, there will be a night of relaxing fun for the whole family. In a special after-hours event from 6 to 8 pm, guests are invited to tour the gardens with a member of the horticulture staff. The evening will also feature the announcement of winners in the photo competition at 7 pm. This after-hours event is free of charge though not all attractions will be available during this time.

Don't forget, next week at Windmill Island Gardens is Peak Week with flowers, family, and fun! For more details, please visit windmillisland.org or the Windmill Island Gardens Facebook page.