Welcome to OpdeHaar
The open garden of John and Joyce Ramsbotham in Hoevelaken
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:
John and Joyce Ramsbotham
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 August at OpdeHaar garden
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.