Bloemkunst at Castle Groeneveld

You are probably confused by my title and wonder what ‘Bloemkunst‘ and Castle ‘Groeneveld’ mean. Well, these Dutch words mean Flower art and Castle Greenfield and I was lucky to see both these things last weekend.

When I got an invitation to enjoy flowers at a Castle I took this with both my hands. I love old buildings so I was very curious how it looked inside and learn about the history of this Castle.

Castle Groeneveld (Castle Greenfield), a little bit of history

The Castle, build in 1710, is located in Baarn, a 30 minute drive from Amsterdam.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was common for wealthy Amsterdammers to purchase an outdoor place where they could relax during the summer. One of those places was Castle Greenfield.
Since 1940 it is in hands of the state of forestry. Unfortunately they neglected the gardens for many years and in the seventies Michael van Gessel decided to restore them all.
There are tours of the Castle every Saturday and Sunday if you want to know more about the history.
Around the Castle there are a lot of walking trails and I wish I could have done it if wasn’t raining like crazy that day. I will definitely come back to do another exhibition, there is always something going on in the Castle, and try out one of these walking trails.

On of the many walking trails
BloemkunstThe garden which is also decorated

Bloemkunst (Flower art)

But the reason I was there was for the Flower art that is going on this week. At this second edition different artists got a room assigned and they could fill it up with flowers however they wanted. It is nice to see how every room was completely different from the other one.

The moment you set foot on the ground you see flowers everywhere. The first thing you see when you walk through the gates are big chairs decorated with, of course, flowers. When you walk up to the Castle the front door is decorated in a fall theme. Ones you are inside you are friendly welcomed and after a small introduction you can start your tour.
You will start downstairs and make your way up through all the rooms of the Castle.
I took a bunch of pictures but I needed to make a selection. It was a hard decision but I did it! So enjoy!

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The giant stairs!
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Entering Castle Groeneveld (Castle Greenfield)
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The front door. I wish I had one like that!
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The Kitchen. I think this one was my favorite.

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Hats!

Fiep Westerdorp

At the top floor there is a small exhibition of Fiep Westerdorp. Fiep is a Dutch illustrator who is famous for her drawings of Jip and Janneke also called Mick and Mandy, Bob and Jilly or Jim and Jennifer in English, Pim and Pom, Tow-Truck Pluck and more.
For me this is childhood and probably for a lot of Dutch people as well. You will find articles, videos and illustrations of Fiep in one of the rooms.
This exhibition will be here at least until March next year, 2018, but it will probably be there way longer.

Fiep Westerdorp

Articles of Fiep Westerdorp
Fiep Westerndorp
Four of the many illustrations

For me this was a perfect day trip not to far from my home.
Did you like the flowers and Castle?
Then make sure to check out the Bloemkunst exhibition out from september 16th till the 24th. Let me know how you liked it. I also saw that the weather is going to be amazing.


Bloemkunst:
Open: 16 – 24 september
Hours: 10 tot 17 uur.
Price: adult: € 12,50, kinds (until 12 years old) € 6,00
Tickets: on site or online. If you have a Groei en Bloeipas you will pay € 10,00.
If you want to see more flowers in the Netherlands I would recommend going to Keukenhof in April/May.
I received tickets from Alpha Communications. My review, however, all opinions, and thoughts are entirely my own.
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16 Comments

  1. September 25, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I never heard of this castle before but it sure does look beautiful. Great post to read.

  2. September 27, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    What a unique castle Groeneveld is, it looks more like a palace! The flower art in the building made your visit even more unique, the gardens look beautiful too. A worthwhile 30 minute trip from Amsterdam.

    • October 17, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you and yes definitely!

  3. September 28, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Wow this castle is stunning! I’ve never heard of here but the exhibition looks fantastic! I’ll be sure to check it out if I’m in the area when it’s on

    • October 17, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      I know you will love it! Hopefully the weather is better and you hike around 🙂

  4. October 1, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Castle Greenfield looks really charming. It must have a fascinating history too, a pity you could not take the walking tours because of the rain. I was really enthralled looking at the picture of the walking trail. It would be lovely to saunter along on this trail. Finally the flower art looks really exquisite. I am sure you enjoyed the entire experience.

    • October 17, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I will definitely go back to do the tour and write about it 🙂

  5. October 1, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    That front door with all the pumpkins is seriously gorgeous! I guess one thing is common in all societies, all afluent families will have a country house or two, heh! Glad to see them put to good use in this day and age.

    • October 17, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      I know, right?! I fell in love with that door. haha. Very true! And I am happy too. Would have been a waste to see it run down.

  6. October 2, 2017 / 7:32 am

    I’m so sad I missed this trip out when I visited Amsterdam, but to be honest I adored the vibe in The Netherlands so much I will definitely be back and I’m going to add this trip to my list! Thanks for sharing, also you have some great photography skills!

    • October 17, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Always a good excuse to go back I would say 😉 I hope you can come back soon. Thank you for the compliment!

  7. October 2, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    It must have been a great experience. I like the pictures! They’re very clean and soothing to the eyes.

    • October 17, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      It was indeed pretty great to experience this and thank you! 🙂

  8. October 2, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Just Wow! It look so beautiful and amazing.Hope I can visit it one day. Anyway, your photos are great!

    • October 17, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you! I hope it too.

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