Jonathan Moseley's Dutch Floral Adventure May 2022 with with visits to the International Horticultural Expo Floriade, Keukenhof Gardens & lots of floral inspiration

Tour Dates
Tuesday 10 May - Saturday 14 May 2022

Join Jonathan Moseley on this fabulous 5 day/4 night tour to the Netherlands which includes the opportunity to experience Floriade, a huge celebration of horticulture and floriculture, held every 10 years.

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You will also visit the magnificent flowering gardens of Keukenhof, the decorative gardens at Palace Het Loo, and Life Gardens of the Groot Hontschoten.

 

Flowering Gardens of Keukenhof

 

Enjoy free time in Amsterdam as well as a special visit to VD Berg Greenhouse for a floral demonstration by local floral designer Astrid van den Berg. 

 

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What people say

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Floriade is a huge celebration of horticulture and floriculture, like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on steroids… It’s a must-visit for anyone because it’s such a good day out – there’s art and fashion and food, as well as gardens and flowers.

Sarah Hills-Ingyon, Chair of UK Floristry Judges Guild

How much is it?

£1105pp including flights with KLM from Manchester
Make your own way: £915pp
£220 Single Room Supplement
Optional Extra one hour canal cruise in Amsterdam:£19pp
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What's included in your holiday

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Itinerary - what you will do when

Park Plaza Utrecht

Where you will be staying

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Flight Information

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A Deeper Dive

       Utrecht city Netherlands canal bridge

Less well-known than Europe’s other canal cities, but just as picturesque, Utrecht has a special charm. Quintessentially Dutch, it offers visitors both an authentic taste of the contemporary Netherlands and also a fascinating insight into its history. Initially designed as a medieval fortified city, the heart of Utrecht is enclosed by an inner canal ring measuring just under 6km so can be easily explored in a few hours. Here are our highlights.

The Dom Tower. At 112.5m high, this is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands and is considered the symbol of Utrecht. The tower was part of St. Martin's Cathedral, also known as the Dom Church, and was built between 1321 and 1382, to a design by John of Hainaut on the site of a Roman fortress. Most of the church was destroyed in a tornado in the 1500s, so only some parts remain, including the tower. There are 465 steps to the top, but the views when you get there are stunning! (Please note, you can only visit the tower as part of a 1hr guided tour.)

                              Dom Tower Utrecht

 

While you’re here, take a moment to visit the Pandhof garden. Once part of the old monastery garden, it is one of the most elaborately designed courtyards in the Netherlands. You can admire the 15th century cloister surrounding the courtyard as well. (Entry here is free and does not require a ticket to Dom Tower)

DOMunder: Located in the centre of Dom Square, this underground space traces 2,000 of Dutch history. Follow a route with special torch to experience history from the time the Romans built the castellum Trajectum, around 45 A.D, learn why Utrecht was the center of the Netherlands in the middle ages and even experience the destructive tornado that caused the nave of the Dom Cathedral to collapse in 1674.

The Centraal Museum: housed in a medieval cloister on the Nicolaaskerkhof, this museum boasts the largest collection of Gerrit Rietveld pieces in the world, as well the work of the world-famous Dick Bruna, and Dutch icons Jan van Scorel, Abraham Bloemaert and Hendrick ten Brugghen. It also provides a broad overview of 2,000 years of the country’s turbulent history.

The Utrecht canals: the only canals in the world to have wharfs and wharf cellars, the city’s waterways date back to the 12thC when the first canal, Oudegracht, was dug to change the course of the Oude Rijn River. Connecting the river Vecht in the north to the Vaartsche Rijn in the south, the Oudegracht became an elongated harbour. Large city castles were built along the canal and wharfs were added where boats could unload their cargos directly onto the land. These wharfs had deep cellars which served as water level storage spaces and pedestrian walkways, creating a unique two-level street system. Today these cellars are filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and cafes and no visit to Utrecht is complete without a drink or a meal in one of these atmospheric cellar restaurants. 

Located slightly outside the city centre, but easy to get to from Utrecht Central Station (which is close to your hotel), The Rietveld Schröder House is a must for anyone with an interest in art and design. Built in 1924 by the designer Gerrit Thomas Rietveld for Ms Truus Schröder, this small family house is still strikingly modern. With moveable walls and design elements that connect inside with out, it embodies the principals of De Stijl artistic movement and has become one of icons of the Modernism. (Please note, advanced booking is required.)

      Rietveld Schroder House Utrecht Netherlands

 

And don’t forget Miffy! Or Nijntje as this cute white rabbit is known in her home town. Created by the artist Dick Bruna, Miffy is one of the Utrecht’s most famous stars. Visit Nijntje Pleintje, or Miffy Square, to see the statue by Dick Bruna’s son, Marc Bruna, and cross the road at the world’s one and only Miffy traffic light on the Lange Vliestraat.

Amsterdam Bridge Modern Architecture

Here are our highlights for an afternoon in the capital city.

Art lovers should head straight for Museumplein where you will find a cluster of world-beating museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, devoted to modern and contemporary art, and the Rijksmuseum with its stunning collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings such as ‘The Milkmaid’ by Johannes Vermeer, ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt, and ‘Portrait of a Young Couple’ by Frans Hals. The city’s favourite park, Vondelpark, is also here and is a perfect place to sit and digest everything you have seen before setting off for the Rembrandt House Museum at Jodenbreestraat 4 where the artist lived and worked from 1639 to 1658.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Art Netherlands

Amsterdam’s Golden Age history can be seen in all its elegance at the Herengracht, the first of the four main canals in the city centre’s Canal Belt. Completed along with its neighbours in the 17th century as part of an expansion project that is now UNESCO listed, this is where Amsterdam’s social elite built their grand gabled houses. Look out for the former office of the Dutch West India Company at Herenmarkt, one of Amsterdam’s oldest residences (built in 1590) at no. 81 and, at no. 172, the magnificent 1617 Bartolotti House, considered the finest of all of Amsterdam’s Golden Age merchant’s houses. Museum Van Loon, in the neighbouring Keizersgracht, provides an insight into the splendour these 17th C merchants lived in. A magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman, its first resident was the painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact and includes a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, laid out in formal style and bordered on the far side by the classical facade of the coach house. The original unity of the canal house, garden and coach house is unique. You should also visit The Royal Palace on Dam Square. Designed by architect Jan van Campen to reflect the power and wealth of this city in 17thC, this is the largest and most prestigious building of the era.

The Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht preserves the secret annexe where the young diarist hid from Nazi persecution from 1942 until she was captured, along with her family and four other inhabitants, in 1944. The secret rooms are on an enclosed courtyard behind a 17th-century canal house and give a visceral sense of what it was like to live in hiding.

And if you are looking for cafes to watch the world go by, as well as specialist shops and galleries for interesting souvenirs, head for the Jordaan, a grid of little streets and filled-in canals bordered by the Singel. Created in the 17th century, this area was first inhabited by Amsterdam’s working class and an international array of migrants, such as the Huguenots from France and Puritans from England, all seeking the city’s famous religious tolerance. Today it offers a picture postcard slice of Amsterdam life. Don’t leave without dropping into a ‘brown café (a Dutch pub), or tasting a traditional bitterballen (deep fried breaded meatball).

Dutch Golden Age buildings architecture Amsterdam

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One of the highlight features of Floriade Expo 2022 will be the Flower Art Project Classics & Future

This outdoor, natural gallery will be made up of eight colourful gardens, each one cleverly slanted so you can see them from afar and featuring a special 'selfie' square. 

“Maybe you are familiar with the photogenic flower bulb fields in Holland which are very popular with tourists. We used that idea in the construction of these gardens, and I can tell you that it will be very beautiful, “says Niek Roozen, landscape architect at Floriade.

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Astrid

Astrid founded Greenhouse in 1995 with a pocket book of ideas and the ambition to be the best florist in the region. Her parents were growers, and  Astrid created her first display when she was six, in a competition at a friend’s birthday party. 

I’m very enthusiastic about flowers and all the things you can do with them and I really enjoy passing this passion on!

Astrids flowers

Floral design has become a big part of Van Den Berg Nurseries, working a lot with plant breeders, creating designs for shows such as Keukenhof. The breeders provide the latest flowers to work with –  some varieties often are so new they haven’t even been named yet.

Incorporated in the workshop and Nursery is a wonderful shop selling all the accessories you need to create your own displays. 

Astrid will provide a series of demonstrations and provide a lively talk, sharing her passion for designing and arrange with flowers and foliage.

Travel with Jonathan Moseley to Holland May 2022 Astrid Van den Berg flower display

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