Early Spring at the Historic Garden, Aalsmeer NL

The weather this week is not the warm beautiful weather it was last week.  Wind, and rain with the large gloomy Dutch clouds has made me a bit of a recluse.  I knew today I needed to get out of the house.

I headed to check on my volunteer job at the Historic Garden in Aalsmeer.   When I could start to help out with the preparation of the new season?

You can read about my past seasons volunteering at this wonderful location.

There is always something to do at the garden, weeds to pull, flowers to deadhead, tree limbs to pick up, raking pathways, planting. Being early Spring there is even more work and if the weather cooperates I will be there donating my time in the next couple of weeks.

The gardens are open to the public from 6 April until end of October.

Waiting for Spring at the Historic Garden

Waiting for Spring at the Historic Garden

In early March, the volunteers are busy preparing the gardens/ greenhouses for the season.  As I walked through the gardens today, I saw all the work that needed to be completed. Mounds of dirt that needed to be moved, nursery plants waiting to be planted, piles of branches and limbs that had been moved from where someone trimmed or pruned trees, roses, and lilacs.  Each task important to the continued life cycle that exists from season to season in this special garden.

The rose garden waiting for pruning

The rose garden waiting for pruning

I did find the few blooming sprigs.  An Almond tree and a Buttercup Winterhazel.

Almond Tree - Prunus dulcis

Almond Tree – Prunus dulcis

Buttercup Winterhazel - Corylopsis pauciflora

Buttercup Winterhazel – Corylopsis pauciflora


Now I wait… see what the weather will do, then help prepare the garden for it’s summer splender.


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