Priona Tuinen – An Influential Garden In The Netherlands

Priona Tuinen

After a gap of more than eleven years I returned to this unique garden and was delighted to find it still had its powerful character. Henk Gerritsen is no longer there, but the volunteers and sponsors who aim to keep his philosophy alive are doing a fantastic job.

Priona Tuinen

A summer restaurant – De Tuinkamer – is now housed in an industrial style greenhouse there and makes full use of a wide range of crops growing in the garden, including rare flowers and herbs.

Priona Tuinen

It was October and summer colours had faded, but not the spirit of its creators – Henk Gerritsen and Anton Schlepers.

Priona Tuinen

Dogmas are broken and humorous quirks catch you by surprise in this garden. The plants in the vegetable garden are allowed to flower within its tightly trimmed hedges, for example.

Priona Tuinen
Priona Tuinen

The ethos of this garden is to embrace nature and its processes within a structured framework. The whole “Dutch Wave” movement stems from this garden and landscape architects from around the world are still visitors and admirers of what is still managing to be preserved here.

Priona Tuinen
The Rock Garden

I hope my pictures convey something of what we experienced in the Priona Tuinen and its excellent restaurant. http://www.tuinkamer-priona.nl

Priona Tuinen
Hens and Chickens ageing nicely

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The two books by Henk Gerritsen still in print and essential reading for any serious gardener or designer are:

Essay in Gardening

To Order In Europe
To Order In The UK

Planting The Natural Garden – New, revised edition of the classic Dream Plants for the Natural Garden written together with with Piet Oudolf.

To Order In Europe
To Order In The UK
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