On the southern bank of the Oude IJssel river in Doetinchem, a unique project is gradually taking shape: the Park of Dutch Dreams. Here, by the riverbank, a green work of art is emerging, assisted by a whole raft of celebrated flower and plant experts. The eventual result will be an 8,000 m2 park; colourful, flower-strewn and green experience, for the people of Doetinchem. At the same time, the park will in the future be a major attraction for plant and garden lovers from the Netherlands and far beyond. The new park is due to be opened in the autumn of this year.
The Park of Dutch Dreams will be a linchpin in a chain of ecologically appealing projects and tourist attractions along the banks of the Oude IJssel river. The Achterhoek-based landscape gardener and designer Nico Wissing called in the assistance of world-renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf in laying out the park. He agreed to contribute, on condition that other flower and plant experts could also be involved in the project.
Park of Dutch Dreams is divided into six different areas. For each area a plant expert made a plant design. The work of Piet Oudolf, Jacqueline van der Kloet, Tom de Witte, Bart Hoes, Climmy Schneider and Nico Wissing can be admired.
Together, the designers have created a variation of colours and flowering plants. The garden has a different look every season. In the park 200 different species can be found. The mixture of plants provide a cohesive look and feeling to the park.
Would you as a plant lover like to discover which plants are planted in Park of Dutch Dreams?
Check then the plant overview, where the approximately 200 different types of perennials are displayed.
Around 45,000 flower bulbs have been planted in the park, creating a blooming spectacle of around 60 different species in spring.
The project is financed by the Municipality of Doetinchem and the Province of Gelderland. When it comes to planting the various borders, the garden specialists will not only be assisted by colleagues from the Netherlands and abroad, but also students from the International Agricultural University of Applied Sciences van Hall-Larenstein. A pool of volunteers will also be established, responsible for permanent maintenance of the Park of Dutch Dreams. They will be supervised by garden manager Jan de Boer, who has more than earned his spurs at the historical country estate Huis Bingerden.
There will also be a permanent exhibition about Piet Oudolf – who enjoys an excellent international reputation – and roving exhibitions that will focus on the work of other ‘garden artists’.
We have created a magnificent animation to give you a clearer picture of what the Park of Dutch Dreams will look like. Watch and be amazed!