Visit Opde Haar gardens, Hoevelaken, The Netherlands

Visit OpdeHaar open garden The Netherlands

Visits to OpdeHaar open garden The Netherlands can be arranged by contacting us:

John and Joyce Ramsbotham

E-mail: ramsbotham@planet.nl

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 in The Netherlands.

OpdeHaar is a plant lover’s garden with more than 4500 different species of plants. It  is primarily a woodland garden, with spring flowering and shade tolerant plants. However it is always interesting throughout the year.

Ideal for group visits (8 – 50 people)

OpdeHaar open garden The Netherlands is ideal for group visits (groups of 8 – 50 people). Indeed 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. Consequently an area has now been set up where visitors can sit undercover and enjoy tea/coffee. Here they can get information about the garden and plants of special interest. Visits invariably take 2-3 hours in total. The majority of plants, especially the unusual ones, are clearly labelled. So visitors may wander around at their own pace. Guided tours can also be given. 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.

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

When do you want to visit OpdeHaar open garden The Netherlands?

Clicking on the appropriate month gives you a quick impression of garden highlights to be seen. However, 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 : www.jefcools.zenfolio.com

Combine your visit to Floriade with a visit to our open garden, OpdeHaar

Floriade is an International Horticultural Exhibition which takes place in The Netherlands only once every 10 years. In 2022 it will be taking place in Almere, just 30 minutes from OpdeHaar and just 3 minutes from the A1 and A28 motorways. Therefore we suggest you combine your visit to the Floriade with a visit to OpdeHaar, a garden created by an English couple in The Netherlands.  Floriade will show you green solutions for the future, making our cities more enjoyable, beautiful and sustainable, while, in contrast, OpdeHaar gardens will show you how the Dutch drained the land in the 14C from a swamp to create strips of land which could be cultivated. At OpdeHaar gardens we have 18 ancient drainage ditches which have been well maintained over the centuries. This wooded area, is one of the 8 gardens at OpdeHaar. It has now been turned into a unique garden. 

OpdeHaar open garden The Netherlands
OpdeHaar open garden The Netherlands, showing ancient drainage ditches in the woodland area.

Two very different Powerpoint Presentations / Talks

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 two powerpoint presentations, entitled: 

    • OpdeHaar gardens – colour and contrast
    • The evolution of plants on earth

For more details, click here

 

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