Landscape garden in front of museum-farm Hermans Dijkstra at the Reinste Abdenaweg
1 in Midwolda, is a
beautiful example of an English landscape garden, dating from 1858. Reconstruction of the garden was started in 2001. Over the coming years, the
reconstruction plus some of the original features will reshape the garden into
its old splendor, as was meant at the time of construction. Access is free.
||Hermans Dijkstra's farm has
regained some of the splendor of its original landscape garden.
Since the reconstruction in 2001, many visitors have come to admire the
garden in all its glory. This picture of the garden together with the
monumental farmhouse was taken from the 'Hoofdweg'.
|The garden contains an asymmetric
pond. Trees, circular flowerbeds, and bushes have been planted alongside
the gravel paths.
||The skeleton of the garden is
formed by a system of paths, that has been designed to generate a
continual series of surprising views during a stroll round the
|The original garden is thought to
date from 1858, when a new 'modern' house was build attached to the farm.
There are no remaining plans for the garden, which means that the original
architect remains unknown.
||When farming, from 1840 to the
beginning of the 20th century, became a very prosperous business, this led
to great richness among farmers. Landscape gardeners, like Roodbaard
(1782-1851), Zochters, Copijn, Springer and the Vroom family, were the
main advocates of the so-called 'landscape style' of gardening.
|The garden, belonging to the
Dijkstra' is maintained by a group of volunteers. They gather on a weekly
basis to work in the garden. This is the only way to keep a labour-intensive
garden as this for the future.