The initial design of the De Pullenhof was made in 1994 by Henk Gerritsen (1948-2008), one of the pioneers of the Dutch Wave or New Perrenial Movement.
Dutch garden designers Henk Gerritsen, Piet Oudolf and Ton ter Linden simultaneously started gardening in a naturalistic way in the early eighties of the 20th century. Henk’s work is defenitely inspired by his strong ecological views.
When we first visited Henk’s garden Priona tuinen we immediately fell for his vision and the way he put it into practice. His gardens have formal foundations with plants waving through each other in a lush and informal way, in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape.
Although his design for our garden has been altered over the years, we are still gardening in the spirit of Henk and we are enthusiastic ambassadors of his naturalistic approach. The startingpoint is: how to show the beauty of nature in a creative way, considering local conditions? Garden historian Leo den Dulk puts it this way: ‘They wanted gardens. No gardenroom as an extension to the house, no outdoor kitchen or sterile prestige object to show off, but gardens in collaboration with nature.’
To collaborate with nature means our garden is not a weedfree carpet. No nettles, no butterflies!
We heartily welcome you to enjoy our garden by visiting us. For details see under Contact or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. English spoken gardentours. German and French as well, though we are not fluent in both languages. We have found that garden/plant lovers have a way of understanding each other, no matter the language differences!
Chelinda Project Malawi
Entrance to De Pullenhof is free during Opening Days. However, we highly appreciate a donation to Chelinda Project in Malawi. This small scale project in the remote north of Malawi aims to start a local playschool and village bakery, as well as to improve the conditions of the local primary school and building a school hall in the village of Chelinda. We also donate all proceeds of group visits to this great initiative and we support a student of Hospitality Management by contributing in his university fees.
The number of visitors to De Pullenhof is growing! In 2015 we could support the Chelinda Project with a gift of € 350. In 2016 we could transfer € 1250! Of course we and the team in Chelinda are very, very happy with this great result!
For more information on this wonderful project, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.