The Open Gardens Weekend in The Hague will be held on 18 and 19 June 2011. The one weekend in the year when you can visit gardens in The Hague not usually open to the public, enjoy special activities in gardens and discover gardens you didn't know existed. More than 30 gardens will participate.
Highlights of the Open Gardens Weekend include:
* Noordeinde: A 1,500 square metre garden with the largest tree in The Hague, a copper beech tree. The writer Louis Couperus was photographed here with his dog and wrote short stories about this garden, which is why it’s also called the ‘Couperustuin’. The famous architect Daniel Marot lived and worked here from 1717 until his death in 1752.
* Hoofs Hofje, Assendelftstraat: A green wonder in the busy city centre. A formal ‘forecourt’ with hostas and clipped shrubbery. Behind a wall you’ll find the informal garden where the residents have their own space, with patios, different ponds, fruit trees and herbs.
* Historical garden complex, Dunne Bierkade: Four overlapping formal gardens including a covered walk made of ornamental pear trees, an old well and a clipped taxus hedge. Another green oasis in downtown The Hague!
You can purchase a booklet about the Open Gardens Weekend, otherwise known as ‘Struinen in Haagse Tuinen’ starting on 18 May at participating sales outlets. The booklets are also your ticket to visit the gardens and costs € 4. Each visitor is required to purchase his own booklet.
* The Tourist Information Office (VVV), Hofweg 1 in The Hague. After 5 June the VVV will be located in The Hague Public Library at Spui 68.
* 'De Jongens' tobacco and magazine shop, Reinkenstraat 93, The Hague
* 'De Jongens' tobacco and magazine shop, Vlamingstraat 6, The Hague
* Primera, Bankastraat 3A, The Hague