For a truly beautiful day out, visitors in the Gelderland region should make a concerted effort to visit the spectacular Gardens of Appeltern (De Tuinen van Appeltern). These gardens offer visitors the chance to see the largest collection of plants in the Netherlands, as well as over 200 model gardens. Each model garden has a specific theme, which will be explained as you wander round the park or which will be discussed on the free audio guide that is available from reception. This garden park will help to give visitors real inspiration about what to do with their own gardens.
The Living Garden
The Living Garden area is one of the newest sections of the park. It aims to bring together many of the aspects of sustainability and “the garden as a natural environment” which are discussed around the rest of the park. The Living Garden is divided into five thematic areas, called “good for small animals”, “a second life”, “taste and smell”, “a longer life” and “better for all of us”. These spaces help to show visitors what it is possible to achieve if you put conscious thought into your gardening. They also show that it is possible to make your garden work in harmony with the rest of the world.
Many of the gardens in the park have been designed by special garden designers. Some of the most famous contemporary garden designers in the Netherlands and Europe have created gardens for visitors to see. Whilst some of these designer/architectural gardens are permanent, others are only temporary displays which are changed each year.
These fantastic gardens are designed to show that garden spaces can alternatively be used for relaxation and wellness, as well as aesthetic beauty. These spaces show how gardens can incorporate fitness, healthy lifestyle choices, cooking, eating and relaxation into an outdoor space.
Garden Advice Centre
Budding gardeners can also speak to the team of experts who man the help desk at the weekends. These experts can offer tips and advice on garden design and plant care. In the advice centre, there is also a library of books containing information on all things garden related.
At the plant market near to the entrance of the gardens, it is possible to buy a wide range of plant species at different stages of development, from seeds to junior trees. Open from April to October, it is a great place to browse for extra additions for your garden at home, as well as some labour saving tools.
The basic entrance fee to the park is €12.50 for adults and €6.25 for children aged 6 -12. Senior citizens are eligible for a discount of €2 from the basic adult price. Dogs are permitted to visit the park with their owners, but must be kept on a leash at all times. The park is open from 1 March until 24 November inclusive, from 10am to 6pm. In March, October and November, the park may shut at 5pm.
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