De Bretten Garden Allotments

  Seineweg 16 ,   Nieuw-West          (+31) 206 13 45 89     more than a year ago
Russians have their dachas, but the Dutch have garden sheds. Traditionally the Dutch also like to spend a lot of time gardening. At the De Bretten Garden Allotments these two passions are cleverly combined. A total of 203 gardens, which are maintained usually by Amsterdam's eldest generation, can be viewed here. The result is an area where each square centimetre has been meticulously cultivated. Between April 1 and the end of September some city dwellers flee the lunacy of the city and actually move into this compound, which includes a drawbridge and mini windmills! Foreigners who are fascinated by the Dutch garden phenomenon can easily spend half a day here enjoying typically Dutch values like order, cleanliness and the need to meticulously maintain your own property. Every piece of this property is subsequently fenced off and the result is lots of intersecting straight lines, which may well have been the inspiration for the Neo-Plasticist paintings of Piet Mondriaan.


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