Visit Opde Haar gardens, Hoevelaken, The Netherlands

Visit OpdeHaar gardens, Hoevelaken, NL

Visits to OpdeHaar gardens can be arranged by first contacting us:

John and Joyce Ramsbotham


Mobile: +31 (0) 653753221

You can also use the contact form

Our garden lies in the middle of the woodland in Hoevelaken, near Amersfoort, on the boundary between Gelderland and Utrecht.

This is a private garden and casual visitors run the real risk of confronting a closed gate if they do not make a prior appointment. Moreover, we need to let you know exactly how to find us as we are not on a public road and even car navigators fail!

The gardens are ideal for group visits (groups of 8 – 50 people) and we have had several over the years. In fact, comments after these visits are largely responsible for our decision to share our hobby with other keen gardeners and plant lovers. An area has now been set up where visitors can sit undercover, enjoy tea/coffee and get information about the garden and on plants of special interest. Visits invariably take 2-3 hours in total. The majority of plants, especially the unusual ones, are clearly labelled, so that visitors may wander around at their own pace. Guided tours can also be given and at least one of us is always present during these visits. We request a contribution of 7 Euros p.p. which includes coffee or tea and cake.

When do you want to visit OpdeHaar?

Clicking on the appropriate month gives you a quick impression of garden highlights to be seen. One should be aware that these can be influenced by the weather, particularly in the period January to April

Our garden seen through the eyes of a visitor

In July 2016, Jef Cools, a very talented amateur photographer and also a garden lover visited our garden with the Flemish Perennial Plant Society. Below you will see our garden as photographed by Jef. Click on the photos for a larger image and a slideshow. (With thanks to Jef Cools for the photos. If you want to see more photographs of gardens and landscapes taken by Jef go to :

Two very different Powerpoint Presentations / Talks

1. About OpdeHaar gardens

If you have enjoyed a visit to OpdeHaar during the spring, summer or autumn, perhaps your club would like a presentation during the winter months about our garden. We have prepared a powerpoint presentation, full of beautiful photographs taken in our garden and describing:

      • A tour and history of the garden
      • Foliage contrasts and how to create colour without flowers
      • Flowers for all seasons, particularly concentrating on winter, early spring and autumn flowers
      • Exotic plants
      • Shadow plants.

The presentation includes over one hundred photographs and either John or Joyce will talk you through them, giving descriptions of the plants, design and history of our garden.

2. Evolution of plants on Earth
Evolution of plants
Evolution of plants through millions of years

A completely different lecture, also lasting about 2 hours. In this lecture you will hear how plants originated on earth and how they have developed and spread. We look at how plants have created an atmosphere which is suitable for human habitation.We also consider how they have played a key role in influencing the climate. In addition, we trace the development of different plant sorts and look at some “prehistorical” plants which can be found in garden centres today. A lecture about plants but from a novel perspective for many people. Considering the attention given in the media for subjects such as climate change, CO2 emissions and greenhouse gasses, a subject which is very topical today!

Travel costs and a small contribution will be requested.


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