Fabulous Friday: the Japanese Garden


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I love visiting the Japanese Garden (and so do many others – it is getting busier every year!). The garden is the crown jewel of Clingendael Park, with beautiful and rare trees and plants. The garden is extremely fragile and is therefore only open 8 weeks a year (again spring 2020).

The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. She made several voyages by ship to Japan and returned with a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the little bridges and possibly the pavilion.

It is the only Japanese Garden in the Netherlands from around 1910 and therefore has a high historical value.

A serene place for reflection

The garden has a unique and surprising atmosphere, partly thanks to the beautiful moss cover. The view from the pavillion over the garden is stunning.

I was there on the last autumn day the garden was open, and it was absolutely crowded. So many people want to enjoy Lady Daisy’s garden, that sometimes there is an entrance stop: people have to leave before other visitors can enter.

I cannot blame all the other visitors of course: I love the garden too!

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