A little gem, hidden away in the heart of the Dutch countryside (that i had no idea about for 2 years) is De Tuinen Van Appeltern. Billed as the Netherlands largest garden idea park, it is simply the most amazing set of gardens I have ever set my eyes upon.
Now, I always wanted to get to Chelsea flower show, but having been to Appeltern, I think i will save myself the trip. After 4 hours wandering around and photographing the gardens I didn’t even see half of them. A return trip is definitely on the cards.
If like me you have a garden that you just about manage to stay in control of, some of these gardens will fill you with inspiration to take home….others, well I just wanted to grab a book and a cup of tea and settle down for the day in them!
I tried to capture the big picture, the details and the feel of the place. The colours, textures, patters, smells and sounds were amazing. So let me take you on a little journey through paradise!
The textures and patterns I saw ranged from grass against sky, against path and this amazing shadow thrown by a seat.
The gardens look like little rooms. All individually designed for a completely different feel in each. This was the zen inspired one!
I just wanted to pick this one up and take it home – the colours were amazing. I even photographed the floor for future texture work!
The sun on these lily pads and the water droplets on the surface of them created a beautiful pattern.
Then of course the colours of the flowers – this one made me think of Horton Hears a Hoo and if the families in Hooville were all living on each flower!
Reflections in a puddle – This is one of my favourite photos of the day – it’s just a bit different but i can imagine seeing it on a canvas on my wall!
I could have posted so many more, but hopefully this has given you a taste of this AMAZING place in the Netherlands – another one to add to my visitor recommendations!