Different gardens have different effects on me.
Some are striking but appear as impositions on the landscape. They control nature.
On the other end of the spectrum are gardens that take their cues from nature. These tend to affect me on an emotional level.
When the garden lives within the landscape, has movement and attracts insects and birds giving it sound, I relax. I feel at home.
Dutch Wave gardens are like that. There is a certain romance to them as they celebrate nature yet they are structured in a manner to appeal to our eyes and relax our souls.
The Netherlands and Its Gardens as Destination
In a recent post, Unique Travel: Discover the World Through Its Gardens, I learned that many readers love gardens and include visits to them during their travels. This raises The Netherlands as a destination. Not only is it perfect for solo travelers…
- It's beautiful. From picturesque canals lined with distinctly Dutch homes to a gentle countryside that draws cyclists to its parts year-round, beauty is everywhere.
- People speak English. While The Netherlands offers all the attractions of a European destination it is also easy to find English speakers who are very open to chatting.
- The culture is rich. Museums give you access to some of the world's great Dutch artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh. There's Amsterdam's Concertgebouw for music, Art Rotterdam Week for the visual arts and the Uitmarkt which is the largest annual cultural event in the Netherlands.
It's also perfect for solo travelers who love gardens. Dutch Wave gardens have had and are having an impact on garden design internationally.
A plant is only worth growing if it looks good when it is dead.
A leading figure in the Dutch Wave movement is Piet Oudolf (pronounced Peet Ow-dolf) who takes a naturalistic approach to garden design with the aim for the garden to be beautiful and interesting all year round. He doesn't just focus on a plant's flowering period but also on the shape of leaves and pods so that all plants contribute to a garden's beauty at all times.
Touring gardens such as those of the Dutch Wave make for relaxing travel while being intellectually challenging. They cause one to consider how the same principles can be applied at home.
Dutch Wave Garden Tour: 17 Gardens in 7 Days
This post has been sponsored by Carex Tours who have an upcoming trip to The Netherlands to see Dutch Wave gardens. Between August 17th to 23rd, they will visit 17 gardens – most of which represent the Dutch Wave. If you want to join them there is currently a 15% discount being offered.
CarexTours host, Carolyn Mullet, is an award winning professional garden designer and long-time solo traveler. She is widely known for her garden expertise and enthusiasm as well as her Facebook community of over 1.4 MILLION garden lovers. If you can't join the tour you can share your love of gardens there.