Friday, February 23, 2007

The Gardens of Huis Voorstonden

The photos of the gardens of Huis Voorstonden in the Netherlands were taken in October 2005. I visit there regularly as the owners are friends of mine. The little cat on the last photo is Puma, a stray that was found injured from a car accident and then nurtured back to health. Puma lives at Voorstonden now and is a happy and pampered little kittie.

I think the litmus test for any garden is, whether it still looks good towards the end of autumn. Many a garden offers very little of interest then, but Voorstonden has passed that test with flying colours in my opinion.

Everything is grown organically and people are working with nature instead of against it. It's a very tranquil garden and you can walk there for hours as it has lots of woodland as well. In the garden itself, there are several beautiful very old (200+) trees.

Voorstonden opens its garden to the public several times per year. Please contact them via their website for more information.

Beautiful gardens are to be found all over the world, not just in Britain alone. So far I've visited gardens in my own country, the Netherlands, and in Belgium, France, Denmark, Britain and Tuscany, Italy. This year I'm going to Normandy, France and Denmark again (if all goes well) and if at all possible, I would like to visit some gardens in Germany this year too. Any suggestions which gardens to see in Germany?


Yesterday I was tagged by Ladyluz so now it's my turn to tell 5 things about myself not previously revealed in other posts. Right, here goes:
1) when I was a baby I spend most of my time in the garden, playing in my cot.
2) when I was about 1 year old, Poesja came. She was the very first cat to enter my life.
3) when I was 5 years old I taught myself to read and haven't stopped since
4) shortly before I got married the first pedigree cat Chuck (Blue Persian/Longhair) came into my life
5) and a few years later, I took up gardening under the strict supervision of my cats Chuck, Wendy, Babooshka and Emma.

So, for me gardens, cats and books are an important part of my life. Can't imagine life without any of them.

O for a book and a shady nook,
Either in door or out;
With the green leaves whispering overhead,
Or the street cries all about,
Where I may read all at my ease,
Both of the new and the old;
For a jolly good book whereon to look,
Is better to me than gold.
John Wilson


Lis said...

Oh, jetzt war ich ein paar Tage nicht hier und du hast so viele schöne Fotos gezeigt. Den Garten von Piet Oudolf würde ich auch gerne mal sehen. Ich liebe Gräser, aber ich liebe auch Rosen, Clematis, Hemerocallis, Geranium usw. usw.....und werde im Sommer gaaaaanz viele Fotos machen. :-))

Ich hab dich auch bei mir verlinkt

Schönes Wochenende wünsche ich dir

Gardengirl said...

Good Morning. I just came across your blog and I enjoyed so much looking at the pictures. The ones that tugged at my heart are the cat pictures. Sooooo adorable.

Kylee said...

Oh those hedges!! I must incorporate some into my free-standing gardens. And I love the last picture you posted, with Puma.

I think you and I have a lot in common - books, gardens, cats. What else do we need? Oh, I do need my dear husband, too. :-)

ladyluz said...

A gal after my own heart with the cats, books and garden!

Hope I'm forgiven for tagging you.

stadtgarten said...

You are very lucky to have friends with such a lovely garden!

If you are interested in german gardens,have a look on this page:
There are gardens that can be visited and there also is a weekend of open gardens in June (I think). The page is under construction at the moment, but I hope it will be finished soon.
The private gardens are lovely.
Groetjes van Monika

Gotta Garden said...

Such beautiful gardens! Thanks for sharing these pictures...I can see how one could spend hours there. Love the kitty! The owners are obviously people of good hearts as well as great gardeners.