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: ramsbotham@planet.nl

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 February

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

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: