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Garden club

The garden club is a sub-group of ProParte.


ProParte garden club


To visit gardens, nurseries, estates and museums of garden history; also lectures about barden history. Frequency: 1 meeting every month.


ProParte members


€ 15 per year

Contact persons

Adri Gittenberg-de Groot

Joke Ploem-Zaaijer


2018 annual report of the ProParte garden club

The club currently has 23 members.

In 2018 we visited seven gardens and estates. Adri Gittenberger, Annemarie de Vries and Joke Ploem organised the visits. 

The season started on a cold March day with a lunch at the home of Joke Ploem, where the programme for the coming year was drawn up. 

Early in Spring, we visited the Hyacinth Wood at the Ockenburgh Estate in The Hague. 

In May we went to North Holland to see Ellen Helder's Four Seasons garden in Zuid-Scharwoude, and the Margriet nursery in Sint Pancras. We returned home laden with cuttings.

The high point of the year was the two-day trip on 14 and 15 June.  Eleven of us travelled to the Middachten estate in De Steeg where we enjoyed not only the garden but also coffee and cake. After lunch in Het Wapen van Heeckeren in Hummelo, we drove back via Wiersse Castle in Vorden. In spite of the rain, we had a very inspiring tour.

The next event was a pleasant stay in Hotel De Gouden Karper in Hummelo. After dinner - in spite of some technical problems - we watched the documentary 'Five Seasons' (Piet Oudolf), so that we were well prepared for our visit the following morning to the Oudolf garden, also in Hummelo. In the course of the morning we left for the Open Garden Days in Bingerden, where there was a lot to see, not to mention a lot to buy! 

During the summer months we stayed closer to home:
On 18 July we visited the botanical garden in Delft, that has a noticeably different collection from the Leiden Hortus. The collection in Delft is more focused on applications in construction and industry, whereas in Leiden the botanical garden from its earliest days has always comprised plants that are important for medicine.

We visited the Festina Lente nursery in Katwijk on 16 August, which we combined with a lunch at the Valkenburg Lake.

With fungus expert Hans Adema as our guide, we walked in the Van Duivenvoorde park on 20 September. After the walk, we enjoyed an excellent lunch on the patio of the Hof van Duivenvoorde.

On 18 October we took a walk through the woods of the beautiful Leyduin estate in Vogelenzang, which was at its most beautiful with its carpet of autumn leaves. The path led us along the very special Belvedere and a historic kitchen garden to the Gasterij, where we concluded our Garden Year with a refreshing cup of tea.