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Visits > Past Visit Reports and Pictures > Floriade 2012 Netherlands
This park covers 5.3 hectares and was created to give urban dwellers a part of the countryside.

The area we visited was designed by Christian P Broerse. It is tucked away behind suburban houses on waste ground with lakes, ponds, light woodland and many paths to investigate.

We started our visit through a gateway in a hedge which looked like any walk one might find in England but we were in for a big surprise.

The planting on either side of the narrow path was full to overflowing with native wild flowers. There were drifts of blue Ajuga reptans, bugle, mixed with a mass of small ground cover plants. Pink campion, greater celandine and sanicle jostled with the more unusual Black rampion, Phyteuma nigrum, and spiked rampion, Phyteuma spicatum. It made a lovely picture also sheepsbit scabious, Jasione montana, mingled with the crowd where native pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris, had flowered earlier.
The path meandered through the trees to a glade beside a pond where plants which were suited to damp shade were growing; here we found Paris quadrifolia and many ferns.

This garden, in a park, is a superb example of managed wildflower gardening, an educational and amazing experience which was very much enjoyed by our group -it invited us to walk on and on, quite magical!

Sylvia Guest

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