Until the early part of the twentieth century, a town in southern Netherlands provided a passage for smugglers, who ported coffee, butter, and meat from adjacent countries. Today, the historic town is famous for a new attraction: Drielandenpunt Labyrinth, Europe's largest open air shrub maze. It was designed in 1992 by British landscape artist Adrian Fisher, who built the labyrinth with 17,000 hornbeam shrubs, and perhaps a nod to the smuggler—a metaphor for navigating the intricate maze.
Some collect art or rare books, others vintage cars. But for Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea, trees are the stuff of a great collection. The transformation of spring buds to lush blossoms or deep greens to fiery reds is a nearly magical event that rivals the making of a masterpiece, after all. So, just as the Mona Lisa has the Louvre, Enea’s trove of 120-some trees has the Tree Museum, which he founded in 2010 on the shore of Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland.
This year will be the seventeenth installment of a biennial tradition in Brussels—an enormous carpet of begonias in the city's Gothic-and-grey central square. It is an extraordinary project: sprawling over the cobblestones at Grand-Palace, the Flower Carpet (Tapis de Fleurs de Bruxelles) is comprised of about 750,000 begonias and weaves a bright, complex design in many colors. The begonia offers an artist's palette of hues—vivid saturation, light pastels, or variegated and white.
This year’s finds include Thierry Dalcant’s multilevel space, with four distinct environments.
As an Englishwoman and a gardener, I swear undying allegiance to my country. But during the frenetic British garden show season from May to September, the one event I secretly look forward to most is in France.
If you have the good fortune to stumble upon an ancient island paradise—albeit a wildly overgrown, clumsily renovated, and functionally outdated paradise—often the challenge is how to address the property’s shortfalls without obliterating its charms.
Grand old buildings—particularly sturdy brick ones that outlived the industries that built them—are repurposed with some regularity. But find a late-19th-century water tower sitting on nearly four acres of open land and you have the ingredients for something truly exceptional. In Dordrecht, 15 miles southwest of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, that is just what Daan van der Have and his partners, Dorine de Vos and Hans Loos, created.