1981 - 1991
1981 - 1991
Around 1900, the park near Kasteel Groeneveld was regarded as one of the most beautiful in the country. In modernizing the elongated garden, following the principles of the English landscape style, garden architect J.D. Zocher had retained elements from earlier periods: the formal eighteenth-century axis and tree-lined paths, fanciful elements from the late baroque style (the so-called winding woodlots), as well as human-made brooks, vales, hills and small buildings in early landscape style.
By 1981, the park needed restoration. The restoration plan, aimed at returning the park to how it must have looked around the turn of the century, was an entirely new design. The available historical information, such as original drawings, was very limited. The preserved relief of the site and the shapes of the water gardens formed (together with an inventory of trees and shrubs) are the basis of the design. In further elaborating the design, the tools of the English landscape style, above all its poetic and dramatic aspects, were studied with an unprejudiced eye and put to use. The re-emancipation of the brook’s course, with its trimmed banks, the free-felling and re-planting of tree groups, and the creation of surprising perspectives form an ode to the English style.
Just as in Zocher’s plan, structures and elements from previous style periods were given their place. Remnants of the stricter baroque style were used to link to a new system of lines of perspective towards the surrounding grassland. Straight tree-lined paths contrast with the free arrangement of the rest of the garden.