• Hummelo – Piet Oudolfs private garden
• Lianne’s Grasses – 12000 different plants in her show garden
• Jacobstuin – beautiful blend of meadow and North American Prairie plants
• Kleine Plantage – showcases the best of Dutch wave plants
• Vlinderhof – exemplary public space designed by Piet Oudolf
• De Hessenhof – Europe’s premiere perennial nursery
Day one – Wednesday 29th August, 2018
Our tour begins with a mid-morning flight Dublin to Schiphol Airport in Holland. On arrival, we will be met by our coach and driven a short distance to our first garden. Vlinderhof is nestled in Maxima Park in Utrecht, and the garden plan is by acclaimed designer Piet Oudolf. Residents in the area asked Oudolf to design a garden within the park, to be maintained by volunteers. Now, over 15,000 plants of 97 different varieties in a naturalistic setting. Vlinderhof loosely translates to Butterfly Garden, reflecting the desire for the garden to be a draw for wildlife as well as people. You will have time to take in this natural, unpretentious landscape garden and then we will take our coach to the pretty university city of Groningen which will be our base for the next couple of days. Once we are settled into our hotels, we would love you to join us for our group dinner.
Day two – Thursday 30th August, 2018
We will meet at our coach for 8.30 and then begin our day with a visit to the beautiful garden of Lianne’s Grasses. We will be met by Lianne Pot who is the owner of ‘Lianne’s grasses’. As a designer, Lianne has a passion for grasses and more recently prairie plants. She started the nursery over 15 years ago and now holds the Dutch collection of Poaceae (ornamental grasses). She created the ‘show garden’ in 2000 to show her visitors how truly beautiful and useful grasses are both in borders or grown as standalone show stoppers in containers. Over the last few years she has also developed a love for North American prairie style plant which we will also see growing in her show garden.
Following on from Liannes garden we will travel on to our next garden, Jakobstuin. Owner and designer, Jaap de Vries, calls his garden an “Ode to the Dutch Wave.” This garden is an amalgam of meadow style planting and North American Prairie plants. Jakobstuin does not have hedges or garden rooms instead favouring a looser prairie style of sweeping naturalistic planting forms. Jaap combines plants with a painter’s eye concentrate on form, movement and light and if you are friends with Jaap on facebook than, like me, you will have ogled salaciously over his many photographic posts.
Day Three – Friday 31st August, 2018
Today we will visit Kwekerij De Kleine Plantage, a specialty nursery with a focus on Dutch wave plants. This beautiful garden shows off the best of structural perennials and grasses in hedge lined pockets which extend out from the house. The garden has a rhythm and a flow, using the hedging to compartmentalises space but within these compartments there is room for experimentation. As with all great nurseries everything is clearly labelled and this is a opportunity to find cutting edge perennials.
After lunch we will venture on to our next garden. Andries Bierling & Bob Foltz’s garden. This is a specialised nursery with a wide range of perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs and annuals. They have unique collections salvia and echinacea (both Dutch Plants Collection), agapanthus, geranium, dahlia, hosta, arisaema, epimedium and other special shade plants and botanical rarities. You will also find an eclectic garden shop with pottery, seeds, traditional garden tools and chestnut wood fencing.
Day four – Saturday 1st September, 2018
Arguably the highlight of our tour, today we will visit Piet Oudolf’s private garden at Hummelo. As all good gardeners know, Hummelo has become a place of pilgrimage and a garden that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Piet Oudolf is undeniably the master of the New Perennials style of naturalistic planting. His garden is his palette and a place to experiment and play, therefore it is in constant change. When we enter this garden, framed by hedges, we will discover a space that explodes with familiar and new plants in an exuberant and thrilling display. Piet emulates and builds on his image of nature and here we’ll get a glimpse into the mind and creative process of this master gardener.
To finish off our perfect day we will pay a visit to the nursery De Hessenhof. Fergus Garret of Great Dixter describes De Hessenhof as one of the best nurseries in Europe. The man who runs it, is Hans Kramer, a tall quiet Dutchman who has developed a reputation for a sharp eye, an unrivaled knowledge of perennial plants and for the quality and variety of the plants he sells. Hans will greet us when we arrive and give us introduction to the nursery. There will also be plenty of time to explore the stock and trial beds and finish off the trip with another spot of shopping. Later in the evening our coach will take us back to the airport for our flight home.
Tour Price is: €460 per person
Tour price includes:
• Comfortable coach transport.
• Admission to all gardens.
• Friendly and knowledgeable professional tour coordinator.
• Botanical expertise of Jimi Blake
• Evening Meal on the Wed 29th,2018
Tour price excludes:
• Airfare and Accommodation – You will book your own flights and accommodation but only after we send you an email confirming that our reservation minimum has been met and the tour will proceed.
• Travel insurance. (See below)
• Lunches. Budget £10 per lunch minimum.
• Evening meal on the 30th and 31 August
• A non-refundable deposit of €200 is due when you book your tour.
• Final payment, in full, is due by March 10th, 2018.
Travel insurance is required in case you have health emergencies or other unforeseen issues arise. We recommend AA Travel Insurance and you can get a quote online at Click here for Travel Insurance. There are many providers so you may identify other travel insurance providers on your own. Before departure, you will be required to provide evidence that you have obtained travel insurance.
It’s easy to book your garden tour, just let us know by return email and we will hold your place. Later we will ask you to fill out our online booking form and at that stage you can pay the deposit by paypal or direct debit.
Your trip reservation will be confirmed by email upon receipt of the completed Reservation Form and trip deposit/full payment. Payment in full must be received by March 10th 2018.
For questions or help completing your reservation, please contact Orlaith Murphy.
Phone: 087 6453042 or Email: email@example.com.
As a small tour company Jimi Blake Tours offers tailored tours for keen gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Each tour is guaranteed to proceed as soon as the minimum of 20 reservations has been met. In the event that our reservation minimum is not met by March 10th 2018, we reserves the right to cancel the tour. Deposits/payments will be refunded in full if the tour is cancelled.
Please DO NOT make your airline reservations until we have guaranteed (by email) that the tour will proceed.
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