This post is dedicated to American Bedu: hope you’ll enjoy it!
One of my favorite places in my city is a hidden eighteenth century garden. It is open to the public, but it is walled, and not many people seem to know about it. When I was at art-college it was virtually secret: if it was raining I had the whole garden to myself. But now the council has made a very nice new entrance which looks more inviting; it used to be just a normal door in a nondescript wall, and if you opened it you suddenly stepped into a little bit of enchanted world.
To be honest, I liked that even better. 🙂
Once inside you walk through the trees,
And around the corner: you get your first glimpse of the garden
It is a very structured garden. There are four different parts; the herb garden, the topiary garden, the rose garden, and the berceaux. A berceaux is a covered walk, so ladies could take their excercise protected by shade, so they would not get tanned. A real berceaux is quite rare nowadays. So it is very special to be able to walk through this small but well-established example.
Also typical for the eighteenth century Dutch garden are the wooden gazebos and structures. They are beautifully made after examples from contemporary books.
Looking up inside
The seventeenth century building at the back of the garden
To the left you see an entrance to the berceaux, and if you’d walk to the right you’d enter the topiary garden. It consists of two enourmous letters topped with crowns, very difficult to photograph, and a wonderful, very large and ancient chestnut tree.
They had increadible foresight, just imagine: planting a huge A topped with a crown, many years before I even learned about the garden’s existance!
Here you get an incling of what I have been going through, just so I can make a nice photo for you. 😀