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Welcome to OpdeHaar

The open garden of John and Joyce Ramsbotham in Hoevelaken

OpdeHaar gardenOpdeHaar garden is an open garden in the woodland in Hoevelaken, on the border between Gelderland and Utrecht, The Netherlands

This garden is open to the public by appointment

Especially suitable for groups of 8 to 50 people

8 different style gardens in one garden (ca 5 acres)

A unique landscape in the middle of an ancient woodland reclaimed from swamp in the 14C

A plant lover’s garden with over 4500 different plants, trees and shrubs, most of which are labelled

OpdeHaar garden in The Netherlands is renowned for its woodland and shade tolerant plants

During 2020 we planted a new raised bed, created a stumpery, with a large collection of ferns, and built a new pergola.

We are members of the:

Click here for information about a visit to OpdeHaar garden, The Netherlands

Contact Op de Haar garden

John and Joyce Ramsbotham

Email: ramsbotham@planet.nl

Telephone: +31 (0) 653753221

Contact form: Click here

View the video’s and TV progammes made about OpdeHaar garden (Sorry they are in French and Dutch)

Photos of flowers and plants in OpdeHaar garden (All photographs on this site have been taken in our garden)

A small selection of highlights in February at OpdeHaar garden

Viburnum tinus Eve Price
Galanthus nivalis
Leucojum vernum
Iris Katherine Hodgkin
Helleborus orientalis
Hamamelis x intermedia Diane
Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora
Crocus
Chrysosplenum macrophyllum
Camellia hiemalis x vernalis Yuletide
Viburnum tinus Eve Price Galanthus nivalis Leucojum vernum Iris Katherine Hodgkin Helleborus orientalis Hamamelis x intermedia Diane  Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora   Crocus  Chrysosplenum macrophyllum Camellia hiemalis x vernalis Yuletide
Viburnum tinus Eve Price

 

Basic botany

Our garden is a plant lover’s garden and the main focus of this website is naturally on our gardens and the plants in them. However, keeping plants healthy and happy and meeting the criteria for “the right plant in the right place” requires  an understanding of some basic botany and in this context we have written several articles:

We have powerpoint presentations  on:

  • colour and contrast and shadow plants in our garden with more than 100 photographs and also
  • a presentation about the evolution of plants on earth.

Something for the winter months perhaps.

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