The Wilde Weelde Wereld garden
There will always be space for new and special initiatives. Sometimes the gardens are there for a year, other times they will be available to view for a longer period. De Wilde Weelde Wereld op Appeltern’ is such an initiative, achieved by the Dutch Study Group Natural Environment. Some important terms that are now used widely are: sustainability, natural and biologic. Ben is keen to develop gardens which embrace these healthy systems and they remain a real ‘eye opener’ to guests visiting. You can discover which plants grown in different biospheres. We show you how the ideas behind the Wilde Weelde can be applied in your own garden and also put to use in green spaces for, for example, the elderly, the disabled and children. The garden is sustainable and uses unexpected materials.
The design are constructed by a number of larger companies within Wilde Weelde.
The Wilde Weelde Wereld garden are developed and completed in 2014 in collaboration with the Wilde Weelde professionals. It is a garden of almost 5000 m² with a viewing point on a hill.
The Living Garden
The opening of the Living Garden makes us very proud and happy. The Living Garden brings all aspects of sustainable and living gardens together in a transparent fashion. The garden is made up of five themed circles. Each circle has its own theme: ‘good for small animals’, ‘a second life’ (i.e. re-use of materials and plants), ‘taste and smell’, ‘a longer life’ (sustainability) and 'better for all of us’ (sustainability).
Dutch Quality Gardens desk
There is a lot to do at the Dutch Quality Gardens desk this year. This gardeners will be staffing the gardeners’ desk during the weekends. You can go to them with all your questions about your garden or design. They will also tell you everything about garden pleasure. Themes such as enjoying your terrace, pond, lawn or pruning will be highlighted in spring and autumn. The Dutch gardens desk stays at our restaurant ‘the Wintertuin´.You will also find a library here, where you can read all about the cooperation between our gardeners and architects, as well as having a look at the various materials and construction items.
The National Fixed Plants Garden
Our National Fixed Plant Garden has made unbelievable progress. We are continuously amazed by how the fixed plants have expanded so quickly. The National Fixed Plant Garden was laid out in June 2012 and its borders are every year producing the desired ‘wow’ effect. It will really become a colourful feast for the eyes in the summer!
You can download the maps of each border so that you can easily lay out a fixed plant border at home too.
A number of gardens in our park were designed by well-known and less renowned garden architects and garden designers. These architects are the ‘special guest designers’ of The Gardens of Appeltern.
Activities such as cooking and relaxing are increasingly done outdoors, and wellness is becoming more and more important too. An increasing number of garden owners have a sauna of their own with an outdoor shower, jacuzzi tub or swimming pool. Physical activity can be alternated with pleasant relaxation on the lounge couch, with a snack from the outdoor kitchen. We have responded to this trend and laid out three XXL gardens. These gardens, also known as the lounge gardens, meet all contemporary requirements.
The plant market at the garden of Appeltern stocks a range of plant species of various sizes and colours throughout the season. Look around at our colourful and scented plant market. It is open from April to October. You go past it as you enter or leave the park.
Our garden decorations are always made from natural materials. The decorators use as many materials as possible from our own gardens. Several times a year we organise extra themed exhibitions. The pieces of work are a source of inspiration for both amateurs and professionals.
Events in Appeltern
During the garden season, we regularly organise events and theme weekends. Different workshops, courses and events like ‘The Acoustic Nights’ and ‘Mystery Gardens in Lights’ are recurring annual events. For a full overview and details of the programme, please refer to our calendar.
Restaurants and outdoor cafés
Our park offers several locations where you can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a delicious lunch. The apple pie of Appeltern has meanwhile gained a world-wide reputation. On less busy days some restaurants and outlets are closed. We also offer a number of packages. For example, you can make a reservation for breakfast, afternoon tea or a nice picnic hamper. Look at group deals for packages and options.
Enjoyment and children
If you come with children you can rest assured that they won’t be bored. They can take a raft or the bridge to the nature play area and discover a place where they can run around, scramble and climb. They can also participate in treasure hunts. There are a number of tree huts, a hedge maze and a gnome house all waiting to be discovered. The kick & golf sporting activity is another nice option!
The Appeltern Whisper Tour
We are not only continuing to strive to inspire you with our beautiful and wellkept gardens in all shapes and sizes, but we are also going a step further with the Appeltern Whisper Tour! In the past we have always left you to find your own way, but we are now offering you some optional help. For an optimal experience you can listen to stories during your visit. We ‘whisper’ nice, interesting and important information in your ear. Of coure, we only do this in those places where you want to hear it. It goes without saying that it is still possible to organise a personal guided tour four groups.