Gardening in the Netherlands
(Sarah Hart ) The Low Countries - 1994, № 2, pp. 114-118
The English influence is enormous in the Netherlands when it comes to gardening. In the Netherlands, just as in England, gardening is becoming ever more popular; also, as in England, it is English gardening, taken over bodily, that is popular. The innocent ‘boerderijtuin', the farmhouse garden, an authentically Dutch form with its row of espaliered trees, its neat gravel and symmetrically placed hortensias, is being swept away by a flood of English cottage gardens. a form alien to Dutch tradition which sits rather awkwardly in the broad and open Dutch landscape.
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