John Hoffman’s Three Favorites at Appeltern Gardens

Appeltern Garden Welcome SignWhen asked what he liked about Appeltern Garden in The Netherlands, John Hoffman said, “Everything!”

He described the 56 acres of garden “rooms” as a place to get inspired. He was thrilled to find art, whimsy, impeccable design, and plenty of ornamental grasses throughout Appeltern Garden.

While John loved everything about the garden, three aspects grabbed his attention: the grasses, the rooms, and the fab art.

1. Tons ‘o Grasses!

John was impressed by the designers’ integration of ornamental grasses into their designs. They knew how to highlight grass qualities: movement, textures, form, and color. And, it was fun to find North American natives well-represented in the landscape, especially prairie grass Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Red Switchgrass).

Miscanthus Flamingo at Appeltern
Green-on-green? It works. The horizontal lines of a this green metal wall serves as an unexpected backdrop to the green foliage and deep pink blooms of this Miscanthus.
Appeltern Panicum virgatum Shenandoah
North American native Red Switchgrass made a bold statement planted in stunning sweeps in the Appeltern Garden.
Appeltern Calamagrostis Karl Foerster
European and U.S. favorite, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ is fat, gorgeous, and stunning.
Appeltern Garden Hakonechloa macra Aureoa
Hackonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ was used liberally throughout the garden rooms, both in the landscape and in decorative containers.

2. The Garden Rooms

Appeltern Gardens calls them “models.” John saw them as outdoor rooms. The garden sports more than 200 of them! Luckily, Appeltern also has several eating spots to fortify the visitors.

Blue Room at Appeltern Garden
Outdoor rooms, such as this one, are a big part of Appeltern. Designers are invited to create imaginative models capturing the latest trends. Note the Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ as a background wall accent.
Appeltern Room with Molinia
Molinia (Moor Grass) creates another green-on-green moment in this artsy, lovely model outdoor room.
Room at Appeltern Garden
Model designs at Appeltern Garden invite imagination and offer ideas for creating outdoor spaces.

3. The Art

Art everywhere—quirky garden fantasies, painted trees—imaginations gone wild. John came home inspired to paint some trees of his own.

Blue Trees at Appeltern Garden
There’s nothing like blue trees! Dwarf Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’, highlights the base of this unusual garden art.
Orange Spheres and 'Karl Forerster' at Appeltern Garden
Green spheres and orange spheres create art combined with the linear qualities of Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’.
Snake Art and Ornamental Grasses at Appeltern Gardens
A “garden snake” curves among a feathery Molinia, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, and Miscanthus x giganteus.

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Appeltern Garden is open every day from March to November, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

De Tuinen van Appeltern, Walstraat 2a, 6629 AD Appeltern, The Netherlands

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