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  • Open Garden Days 2014: Amsterdam’s Secret Gardens

    On the weekend of the 20th till the 22nd of June, Open Garden days will be taking place in the private ornamental gardens of more than 25 Amsterdam garden owners. This rare glimpse into the some of the oldest stately gardens of Amsterdam is open to the public for touring pleasure.

    This year’s theme will be based on utility and pleasure. The gardens main purpose when designed back in the 17th century, was to be a useful area designated for growing orchards, vegetables and herbs. When the garden owners became wealthier, these utility gardens were soon converted into ornamental Gardens, and became a status symbol among the citizens of Amsterdam. Although nowadays the gardens seem to have returned back to their original utility orientation with a rising trend in self-sufficiency by growing your own fruits, herbs and vegetables again.

    The gardens hidden behind the stately canal side homes of Amsterdam are true quiet little paradises away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Many of them have been carefully curated by renowned architects.

    Come and join in the perusal of these fine gardens on the third week of June, and catch a glimpse into the unseen oasis that is Amsterdam’s exquisite secret gardens.

    Open Garden days is open from 10.00 to 17.00 and tickets can be purchased for €15.00.  Presales are exclusive to the Amsterdam Tourist Board www.iamsterdam.com The Proceeds from this event will go to charity. Starting addresses will include Biblical Museum (Herengracht 366-368), Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401), Museum Van Loon (Keizersgracht 672), and Museum Willet-Holthuysen (Herengracht 605). Unfortunately most gardens will not be accessible to wheel chairs and prams. Dogs are not allowed entrance to the gardens.

    Image: opentuindagen.nl

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