“I’m excited to introduce you to Harry Pierik whose garden I visited last April on a trip for journalists sponsored by the International Flower Bulb Center. His city garden is mesmerizing; unlike any other I’ve ever seen.
Harry, a self-taught garden designer, has designed many gardens throughout Holland; ranging from small city gardens to countryside, stately homes, and villa gardens. His compositions are distinguished by their extraordinary design, natural appearance, wide assortment of plants and easy flowing lines and contours. After he finished his career as a school master, Harry followed his passion of designing gardens and photography (with an exhibition of his photographs in Amsterdam and Paris). This April, Harry’s first book, Paradijselijke Tuinen (Gardens of Paradise), will be published; it features nine of his public gardens and their history in his hometown. For more information, about Harry, check out his website. “……Fran Sorin
It is hard to spot the Hidden City Garden from the main street, the Assendorperstraat; one could say it is practically invisible. If you were to walk down the surrounding streets you might capture a glimpse of bamboo or canopy.
Only one key is needed, just two doors to be passed and you enter a completely different world. It seems you suddenly find yourself on a clearing in the woods, instead of somewhere in the middle of town. Once inside the hidden garden, you are outside; even more so when out on the streets. Through the rich assortment and arrangement of plants an idyllic atmosphere is created, consisting of valleys full of ferns, tropical gardens and hazy slopes.
From a standing point below the Davidia involucrata. On the right, the foliage of Decaisnea fargesii, the yellow ‘sunflowers’ of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and the white globe thistle Echinops sphaerocephalus ‘Artic Glow’. On the left, Hydrangea paniculata, Miscanthus sinensis and Eupatorium purpureum. Above the pruned Buxus, Ilex and Ligustrum, the hardy palm Trachycarpus fortunei.