As a result of the country's constant focus on international trade, its mild sea climate and the abundance of water, the Netherlands became a European centre for exotic plants and flowers. Prosperous burghers and aristocrats built splendid country estates and planted gorgeous gardens in the wealthy Netherlands, including in the Utrecht region. These show a wide range of landscape styles and are often meticulously maintained in their original state as a testimony to the variety of garden designs that have been used over the centuries.
Enjoy the lovely walks through the grounds, the scents and sights of colours and flowers, herbs and greenery, or come and harvest your own biodynamically cultivated vegetables and herbs.
Garden as national heritage
Johan David Zocher Sr and his son Jan David Jr are very active in the Dutch gardening and landscape architecture world. This is why the garden at Soestdijk Palace was awarded national heritage status.
Discover the castle island at Renswoude Castle
The leafy castle grounds and 'grand canal' invite the visitor to take a walk.
The largest arboretum in the Netherlands
Winding paths take you among beautiful, sometimes 'forgotten' plants and trees; a fascinating world of scent and colour, where there is something to discover and experience in every season.