Each Spring, Holland's color palette changes rather dramatically as tulips pop up their celebrated heads. The bulb fields are in full bloom and the tulips, hyacinths, daffodils compete for attention and admiration in Dutch gardens. This seminar will explore Amsterdam in the spring as we discover the delights of the Keukenhof Gardens on a journey through Holland's garden history.
We'll begin by placing 17th-century Dutch gardens in a broader context given that there is much more to Dutch gardens than mere tulips. We'll learn how the Dutch shaped their gardens as earthly Gardens of Eden. Gardening men and women splashed their cash adorning their garden with exotic flowers, trees and fruits, lush waterworks, and costly hothouses. We'll discuss how botanical treasures were shipped to the Republic thanks to the growth of their intricate and worldwide trading network. At the same time, Holland's gardens were showcases of the dominion of humans over nature and their own country.
Led by an expert on Dutch garden history, Dr. Alette Fleischer, this interactive seminar will explore the intriguing tale of the history of gardens along with a virtual visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, eager learners will come away with a deeper understanding of this beautiful, and bountiful, area of Dutch life.
Amsterdam-born Alette Fleischer has a degree in Art History and a PhD in 17th Dutch History, focusing on gardens, science, and technology. She has curated several exhibitions, publishes articles, presents lectures, and a proud Context Expert. For Context Travel, Alette has led the Rijksmuseum tours many times.
Motto: staying curious is key for being a good historian.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.