As you probably know the US garden bloggers held their first Spring Fling last year in Austin, Texas. This year they are having another one in Chicago. But what are we having, the European garden bloggers? So far, nothing and that got me thinking, an activity I seldom indulge in as it gives me a splitting headache. ;-) However, I have come up with a cunning plan; why don't we have a Dutch Spring Fling this year in either late April/ early May?
We could visit gorgeous gardens like the world famous Keukenhof, where literally millions of bulbs are in flower every year.
Close by is the beautiful old town of Leyden with a great botanical garden, the Hortus Botanicus, stunningly beautiful old city centre,
we could do a tour of the Dutch hofjes ( old houses grouped around a central garden, very secluded from the outside world),
visit the market, perhaps even a museum? Just thinking out loud here.
And then we could also visit Palace Het Loo,
both the palace itself and its breathtakingly beautiful gardens, pop round for a visit at Piet Oudolfs private garden and nursery
and also go to one of the best museums in the world; the Kröller-Müller museum where they have a vast collection of sculptures in the garden and a world renowned collection of scrumptious paintings by Vincent van Gogh. The museum itself is situated in National Park De HogeVeluwe, a place of outstanding natural beauty. On a fine day we could even hop on a free white bike and explore the park that way.
I was thinking of a 4 day garden and culture tour of the Netherlands from Friday to Monday. I know of an organisation that would be willing to organize it all for us and at a reasonable price too. But for prices to be reasonable we have to have at least 20 participants. So now the 64,000 dollar question: who would like to come to a Dutch Spring Fling this year; to meet lots of fellow garden bloggers, visit great gardens, indulge in a bit of culture and have oodles of fun?
If you would like to come and join in the Dutch Spring Fling, let me know before the 25th of this month. You can contact me via e-mail. My e-mail address you can find in my profile (on the left). If there are enough people (at least 20) seriously interested, I'll get the ball rolling and will provide you with all relevant information asap.