This morning several River of Herbs volunteers visited the vasteplanten tuin at Darwinplantsoen in Amsterdam Oost.
The garden is presently closed for the winter but we arranged a special visit and we certainly had a special time there!
This beautiful garden, filled with over 200 types of meticulously maintained flowering perennials, is currently managed by the local council but soon that situation will end. The dedicated long serving gardener will retire and the council will relinquish its care of the garden. Thankfully, local residents have arranged to take over management of the garden. They promptly formed a stichting (charity), drew up a sound action plan and the council agreed to their ideas. So, Darwinplantsoen will move into the hands of the local community in a few months time.
From May 2017, there will be many opportunities for locals to get involved with this gorgeous place; They can volunteer as gardeners, become a supporting member, attend public workshops, volunteer in other roles and a whole host of community centred green projects will be happening there.
Today, the RoH volunteers considered how the garden can be made more sustainable whilst retaining is unique and historic character. We have a lot of ideas and can’t wait until May when we can get involved. But we will wait!
If you would like to get involved please make contact with the Vrienden van park Darwin or leave a comment here and we’ll pass on your interest to them. The garden is enormous, full of nectar rich flowers in summer, seedheads in winter in summer and it needs a lot of love year round. Even so it is a very manageable garden. Dozens of enthusiastic volunteers will be needed to make this the success that it deserves to be: A garden run by the community for the community and nature.
Thank you to the Vrienden van park Darwin for allowing us access this morning. We look forward to gardening with you very soon!