You can start this route from TOP Boskoop or TOP Zwammerdam.
The Buckscope estate (Boskoop) is known as the largest contiguous tree nursery area in the world. The area has a wonderful variety between water-rich tree nursery area, low-lying reclaimed land and peat meadow polders. In addition to the greenery, Boskoop also has 12 national monuments and there are numerous draw, swing and arch bridges. These characteristic bridges were built in the past to keep the waterways accessible for transport over water. The stroke landscape is a landscape in which subdivision has taken place in narrow lanes (strokes) with ditches in between.
Zwammerdam is a village in the Green Heart with a rich history. The oldest remains of habitation date from the 8th to 10th century. The village takes its name from a dam, the Suadenborchdam, which was built in 1165 by the Count of Holland, Floris III, to hold back the water of the Rhine. The history is still clearly visible and tangible in the center, around the church.
Zwammerdam is located in the middle of the area where the Limes (northern border of the Roman Empire) and the Old Dutch Waterline meet and where you can enjoy the historic windmills of Aarlanderveen. There are plenty of opportunities to cycle, canoe or walk on farmland paths through the vast polder landscape.
The route takes you past 2 windmills.
Tip 1: Sortiment garden'Harry van de Laar\\\'
More than 2,500 different tree nursery crops are located on more than 2 hectares, the top of the Dutch trade assortment, with the correct botanical name. The assortment garden was named in 2003 after the well-known assortment expert Harry van de Laar (1929-1999). The assortment garden'Harry van de Laar\\\' focuses on innovation, information and education. Some thirty leading companies participate in the garden with a modern and innovative assortment. The garden is freely accessible from sunrise to sunset.
Address: Rijneveld 153a, Boskoop. Website: www.sortimentstuin.nl
Tip 2: Tree nursery museum
The Tree Nursery Museum tells everything about tree cultivation in Boskoop. The museum is located in a nursery house from 1870 and furnished in the atmosphere of 1900-1910. From April 1 to October 1, there are boat trips along the Boskoop tree nurseries. The cruises take place in an open boat accompanied by a professional guide.
Address: Reijerskoop 54, Boskoop. Museum telephone: 0172-217756. Website: www.boomkwekerijmuseum.nl
Tip 3: Rosarium and dome
Enjoy more than 120 different rose varieties in this freely accessible national monument. The rosarium was originally built in 1932-1933 to a design by SGA Doorenbos. Next to the rose garden and opposite the station is the national monument Flora, a former exhibition building for floriculture. Now it is used as a catering and theater.
Address: Parklaan 2a, Boskoop.
Tip 4: Timber fields
The wood fields are a characteristic cultural-historical landscape element for Boskoop. These were constructed on the west or south side of the nursery to protect the young trees from the wind. Because the transport of plants took place over water, an inner ditch was dug next to the plot ditch, so that the fields came to lie between two ditches.
Tip 5: Janssens\\\'s Ice Cream Parlor
This well-visited establishment is a household name in the Groene Hart because the AD team tested the ice cream for taste, color and composition in 1999 and named Janssens\\\'s IJssalon as the best ice cream parlor in the Netherlands.
Address: Koninginneweg 28, Boskoop. Tel: 0172 - 21 73 37. Website: www.janssensijssalon.nl
Tip 6: Esveld Botanic Garden
At one of the oldest nurseries in the Netherlands you can enjoy the Japanese maple garden (Acreretum) with the largest collection of more than 700 different maple species. Furthermore, the Dutch plant collections: Abelia, Buxus, Enkianthus, climbing lonicera, Pieris, Sarcococca, Omsmanthus and Japanese Azalea can be viewed freely during the company's opening hours. A small coffee and tea house has been established since April.
Address: Rijneveld 72, Boskoop. Phone: 0172 - 213289. Website: www.esveld.nl
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