The baroque gardens of Het Loo


Prologue

 

 

 

A lost garden of the 17th century revived

Het Loo was planned and created from 1686 onwards as a Gesamtkunstwerk combining a palace and baroque garden. The high level of the water table and the numerous natural springs in the area favoured the construction of fountains, canals and water features.

Various fruit trees such as apple, pear, peach, apricot, nectarine, cherry and plum grow on the south walls in espalier form, a typical element of Dutch garden design. The semicircular colonnades at the end of the park provide a magnificent view of the palace, the delicate parterres and the avenues.

Visitors can admire a large variety of old scented roses, many historical kinds of shrubs and exceptionally beautiful bulb plants. Countless stone pots modelled on historical 17th-century originals can be found on the walls. The pots are planted with various plants cultivated at Het Loo. The splendid flower displays in the palace itself are also cultivated here and are arranged lovingly by those responsible for the garden.

In summer the queen’s garden is decorated with plants from the orangery in stone pots and wooden boxes. High arbour walks of hornbeam provide seclusion. On warm days, the splashing of the fountains can be heard again and the scent of orange-tree blossoms perfumes the air.