garden design, Manon van Dis, 2007
front view, garden design, Manon van Dis, 2007
The original large, deep garden with old trees behind the Fischerhuis had become gradually smaller over the previous century due to the building of a small residential neighbourhood. In the end a small yet elegant walled garden remained with a terrace running along the entire width of the exterior wall. When De Linden became part of the Fischerhuis in 1960, the dividing wall was taken down to create a garden of 19 x 14 metres across the width of the three properties, with a large, old magnolia tree in one corner.
During the restoration work it was decided to incorporate the outdoor space into the gallery as a sculpture garden. The same nursery garden in Huizen was commissioned. The landscape designer was Manon van Dis.
The garden design was based around the view from the house. The idea was that every room should provide a different view of the garden. At the same time the layout should encourage visitors to walk around, taking in the various sculptures installed there. An inviting, yet restrained and logical design was created to achieve this.
In keeping with the eighteenth-century origin of the old house, plantings like traditional box beds and box hedges were chosen. One modern element is the tall, extended central section formed by yew or beech hedging, with ball-shaped catalpas (trumpet tress) either side of this. This middle part is an exhibition space for sculpture, which can be seen – also from the main room of the house – through openings in the hedge. Behind this, invisible from the main room, are more box beds and sculptures.
At the side of the garden is a large terrace where clients can sit and enjoy the sun. Here too is space for a large table and chairs.
The garden has now been laid out. Simonis & Buunk has gained a splendid sculpture garden in which works by Jos Dirix, Charlotte van Pallandt, Theo Niermeijer, Jits Bakker, Antoinette LeRoy and others can be viewed.