Affluence, luxury and taste were not only translated into the striking
wealth of the country seat, but also in the lay-out of the garden
Gardens of Eden
art of gardening is based on three principles: location, water and
money. In the Netherlands the Dutch classicism comes into existence
with domes, arbours, cabinets and symmetrical coordinate systems
as far as the moats. With the arrival of Jacob Roman and Daniel
Marot at the end of the 17th century the French baroque garden became
the trend: an enlarged terrain by means of long middle axes as far
as the surrounding landscape, strong symmetry, water gardens, parterres
de broderie and many statues.
Holland’ s Versailles
The French architect Marot played an important role in the lay-out
of the grounds of castle Het Loo. This is expressed in the symmetrical
subdivision into parterres and in the beautiful broderies of buxus
as can also be found in the gardens of Versailles. We find the old
Dutch garden style again at the borders with their flowering perennials.
The splendour of a 17th century royal garden
In the eighties the garden of Het Loo was restored into its 17th
century splendour and thus became a unique garden in Europe with
many statues, watergardens, fountains, terraces, pergolas and vases.
By visiting Het Loo , where you can fully enjoy a splendid garden
in royal surroundings, HollandThe RideWay offers you an excellent
alternative to the real Versailles.
The delightful garden of one of the county seats in the northern
part of Holland will show you a truly special garden lay-out in
the shape of a plant sundial.
Little Snowwhite Roses
If you love roses, a visit to a castle with no less than 42 varieties
of roses in the castle garden, among which the enchanting Snowwhite
is a must.
English landscape style
A country estate, which is situated at the inner dunes with its
park in English landscape style with age-old beeches, is an oasis
in the crowded and urbanised western part of Holland.
At the end of the 19th century Castle De Haar got an English landscape
park with French period gardens immediately round the building.
The Roman garden takes its form from a Roman racecourse, it is an
extensive grassparterre with flowerbeds laid-out according to a
geometrical pattern. In addition there are a hundred-year-old buxus
palmgarden, a rose garden with a rose arch and scattered medieval
fortification motives in the form of brick bastions complete with
The eco cathedral
In the sixties and seventies the so-called wild gardens, where
nature could take its own course, were very popular. Le Roy created
with the help of 700 truckloads of scrap and waste materials a four
hectare (16 acres-) large wild garden as a model for urban greendevelopment.
This garden looks like a site of Inca ruins.
Of course, this is only a small selection of HollandTheRideWay’s
The country also has dozens of beautiful private gardens which are
open to the public, and, not to mention the many arboreti, horti
and nursery gardens to be found in the Netherlands.