Tulip Garden at The Willet-Holthuysen House
Once a year around April, the garden of the 17th-century canal house Willet-Holthuysen is beautifully blooming with historic tulips and other flowers. The double mansion on the Herengracht has many rooms with historic interiors and there are salons in Neo-Lodewijk XVI style.
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Baroque symmetrical garden
The house takes its name from the married couple who lived there at the end of the 19th century, Abraham Willet and Louisa Holthuysen. They collected a large amount of art and objects, and also designed the period rooms. Upon their deaths, the couple left their collection and house behind with the intention that it would be turned into a museum.
The early eighteenth-century garden designs by the French architect Daniël Marot have served as a source of inspiration for the current House Willet-Holthuysen garden. The graceful symmetrical patterns and trimmed hedges and trees refer to the baroque gardens for canal houses and country estates. Today it is one of the few formal gardens in the center of Amsterdam.
In the garden you find single, double and feathered tulips, plain, flamed and striped tulips, single, double and spray daffodils, orange and yellow imperial crowns, grape hyacinths and hyacinths. The flowering period runs from late March to mid-May.
But this year especially the historic tulips from the time of the couple Willet-Holthuysen stand out: tulipa ‘Duc van Tol Scarlet’ (1850) red, tulipa ‘Julia Farnese’ (1853) red-white flamed, ‘Clara Butt’ (1889) pink, tulipa ‘Greuze’ (1891) purple with red and tulipa ‘Prinses Elisabeth’ (1898) pink.
The Willet-Holthuysen House
Herengracht 6051017 CE Amsterdam
Open daily from 10a.m. till 5p.m.