Welcome to OpdeHaar the open garden of John and Joyce Ramsbotham in Hoevelaken

 OpdeHaar 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

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

A unique landscape in the middle of an ancient wooded swamp

Over 4500 different plants, trees and shrubs

Most plants are labelled

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.

Open tuin Open garden OpdeHaar

We have a powerpoint presentation  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.

 We are members of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Nederlandse Tuinen Stichting and Groei en Bloei Nijkerk

Click here for information about a visit to OpdeHaar garden

Contact Op de Haar garden

John and Joyce Ramsbotham

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +31 (0) 653753221

Contact form: Click here

View the video’s and TV progammes made about our 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 May

Rhododendron Mrs A.T. de la Mare
Meconcopsis betonicifolia
Magnolia Star Wars
Geranium Sylvaticum Mayflower
Epimedium versicolor sulphureum
Dicentra or Dactylicarnmos macrocapnos
Dicentra Candy Hearts
Cornus Kousa Schmetterling
Calanthe sieboldii
Arisaema speciosum Himalyan Giant (Magnificum)
Allium Gladiator His Excellence
Acer palmatum Tsukushi Gata
Rhododendron Mrs A.T. de la Mare  Meconcopsis betonicifolia Magnolia Star Wars Geranium Sylvaticum Mayflower Epimedium versicolor sulphureum Dicentra or Dactylicarnmos macrocapnos Dicentra Candy Hearts Cornus Kousa Schmetterling Calanthe sieboldii Arisaema speciosum Himalyan Giant (Magnificum) Allium Gladiator His Excellence Acer palmatum Tsukushi Gata
Rhododendron Mrs A.T. de la Mare

Basic botany

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: