A Garden on a Canal
A quick update from Amsterdam
I’m far away from Pittsburgh this week so this will be an abbreviated post. Brooke and I are in the Netherlands visiting friends (and all our favorite cafes) from when we lived in Amsterdam. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about plants. I’ve been noticing a lot of garden strips along Amsterdam’s canals:
The sign above says “bloemen voor vlinders, bijen en mensen,” which, according to Google translate, means “flowers for butterflies, bees and people.” In such a bustling urban environment, there isn’t a lot of room for green space in the center of the city so this seems like a pretty smart way to make room for some wildlife habitat. Maybe the canal-side garden is something of the hellstrip of Amsterdam? Our friends Thomas and Anna also pointed out a few of these green islands in the middle of larger waterways:
We also timed our trip to coincide with Floriade, an international horticultural exhibition, that only takes place once a decade in the Netherlands. It’s something of a cross between a world’s fair, sustainability festival, sculpture garden and plant show. It was the size of Disneyland and completely overwhelming but I’ll give you a recap next week.
Have you visited any gardens on your summer vacations? I’d love to hear about them.
And one more thing: I enjoyed this NY Times article about why ‘September is the new May’ in gardening. Also, it includes some beautiful photos from Chanticleer, which I visited a few weeks back.
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