The second European Symposium on the conservation of historic fruit and kitchen gardens (En)

You are kindly invited to join us at the second in person meeting of the European Symposium on the conservation of historic fruit and kitchen gardens on Thursday, September 5, 2024 at Culinary Estate Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, The Netherlands. This is a centrally located country house in the province of Utrecht.

During this day you will meet head gardeners, heritage gardeners, estate owners and researchers of historic kitchen gardens from all over Europe and you can join in the discussions on the theme ‘Future in the past -Conservation through sustainable innovation’.

Wednesday evening, September 4 a meet and greet for early arriving participants (with drinks and small bites), including a guided tour through the historic kitchen garden of Vollenhoven country house in Bilthoven.

Friday, September 6 we offer an optional excursion to the province of Gelderland. The program includes guest visits to the formal gardens of Loo Palace in Apeldoorn and in the afternoon a visit to the historic walled kitchen garden of Twickel Estate in Ambt Delden.

Fruit and vegetable garden @Parc Broekhuizen
Estate Zuylestein

(This Conference will be held entirely in English)




09.00 – 10.00 Registration 

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome by René Dessing, Dutch national foundation for Castles, historic Country Houses & rural Estates (sKBL), Mike Kleyn, Walled Kitchen Gardens Network and Alix de Saint Venant, Amis du Potager du Roi 

10.10 – 10.15 Welcome by Rob van Muilekom, deputy culture & heritage Province of Utrecht 

10.20 – 10.40 ‘Introduction to Dutch historic kitchen gardens, past and present’ by Anne Wolff, lecturer Centre of Landscape Studies, University of Groningen 

10.45 – 11.05 ‘The kitchen garden of Grootstal estate as part of the transformation of the estate into a financially sound breeding ground for sustainability’ by Kien van Hövell tot Westerflier, owner and manager of the family estate Grootstal 

11.10 – 11.30 ‘Making smart use of diversity’ by Dirk van Apeldoorn, research lecturer Wageningen University & Research 

11.35 – 12.00 Questions and discussion. 

12.05 – 12.30 Speakers corner and information on the afternoon programme 

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch 

13.30 – 14.00 Departure to the nearby kitchen garden at Zuylestein estate 

14.00 – 15.30 First round of interactive sessions: 

  • Guided tour kitchen garden Zuylestein estate 
  • Guided tour kitchen garden Parc Broekhuizen 
  • Workshop ‘Resilient plants that can cope with climate change’ by Norbert Mergen, owner De Tuinen van MergenMetz 
  • Workshop ‘Functioning of the biomeilier of Twickel Estate’ by Gert Jan Tijans, projectmanager Twickel estate 
  • Workshop ‘Engaging volunteers’ by Sarah Bauwens, volunteer coordinator Utrechts Landschap 

15.30 – 17.00 Second round of interactive sessions 

17.00 – 18.30 Drinks in the historic kitchen garden of Zuylestein estate 

18.30 – 19.00 Departure tot Parc Broekhuizen 

19.00 – 22.00 Conference dinner at Parc Broekhuizen 

*The programme may be subject to change 

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