REMARKABLE PROJECT FOR DOETINCHEM

PARK OF DUTCH DREAMS

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.

Nov. 2022

45.000 flower bulbs have been planted

Jun. 2022

The park is really coming into its own.

A START HAS
BEEN MADE!

On the southern bank of the Oude IJssel river in Doetinchem, a unique project is gradually taking shape: the Park of Dutch Dreams. On 8, 9, 10 and 11 March, a group of willing volunteers planted a staggering 35,000 shrubs and flowers in the carefully prepared beds. Nico Wissing, Ingrid Lambrechts and Piet Oudolf tell you all about this unique project! Thanks to all those who volunteered their time to make this possible!
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WOW, THIS IS WHAT IT WILL EVENTUALLY LOOK LIKE

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!

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ARTISTS’ IMPRESSIONS

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.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
TO HELP WITH PARK MAINTENANCE

We are always on the lookout for assistance with park maintenance. We are currently establishing a pool of volunteers who are willing to help out on a regular basis. Dozens of volunteers have already registered, but there is always room for more green fingers for this valuable, enjoyable and important work.
The park will comprise 6 different areas. Each will be laid out and planted according to the individual approach of specialist designers including Bart Hoes, Climmy Schneider, Tom de Witte, Jacqueline van der Kloet, Nico Wissing and Piet Oudolf. The result of their combined work will be a wide variety of colourful and flowering plants, all with a unique look and feel throughout the seasons.

Nico Wissing

Piet Oudolf

Jacqueline van der Kloet

Tom de Witte

Climmy Schneider

Bart Hoes

PAVILION

The Park by the Oude IJssel – the alternative name given to the Park of Dutch Dreams – has everything it needs to make it a perfect leisure garden. The footpaths will be easily accessible and there will be a viewing point and a jetty by the Oude IJssel river. The park also offers space for a pavilion and restaurant to be run by top chef Rick van den Broek. His dishes will feature flowers picked in the park.

EXHIBITION AREA

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’.

VOLUNTEERS FOR MAINTENANCE

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.