Once a year, in the third weekend of June, from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June, the public has the unique opportunity to discover Amsterdam’s hidden green side. For one weekend is possible to look behind some impressive canal-side homes and step into a completely different world, where a quiet green oasis welcomes visitors during Open Tuinen Dagen, or Open Garden Days. More than 30 gardens of private homes and institutions are opened for a period of three days.
Presented by the Museum Van Loon, the opened gardens are classic or contemporary , all beautifully manicured with hedges, ponds and fountains. This year, the theme of the event is ‘Garden Designs’. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the canal-house gardens where primarily scenic yards where flowers and hedges were planted in geometrical patterns. Nowadays, gardens usually form an indivisible link with the architecture of the house and the appearance of its interior. Residents often commissioned garden designers who have transformed the plots into true pleasure grounds. In 2018 the most beautiful private gardens by renown designers as Angrid Tilanus, Arend Jan van der Horst, Robert Broekema and Saskia Albrecht will be accessible to the public during the Open Garden Days. The revenues of the Open Garden Days are designated to the Canal Garden Fund (Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Grachtentuinenfonds).