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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, July 4, 2022

Visiting Castle Gardens Arcen with Friend Ellie

What to do on a beautiful sunny day?
First we did cross the River Meuse by ferry from Lottum to Arcen
Pieter once used to live in Arcen and he crossed it daily.
At the River Meuse...
It sure was beautiful  weather and we visited Castle Gardens Arcen... or Kasteeltuinen in Arcen ←click link
Ellie is sitting near the entrance, crossing the moat to the Castle.
Huge old Chestnut Tree and Castle
The history of Castle Arcen.
A 17th century castle built in the Baroque period.
Also this got destroyed in the 80-year war (when the Spaniards occupied The Netherlands) and rebuild later.
And yes, Ellie and I were there during the annual Rose Festival... A DREAM as I love roses!
Surprise, near the entrance was a huge Sequoia tree.
We had to wait for our guide to join the group around 1:30 PM
Time for just 'hanging' around...
My Partner–in–Crime Ellie...
HET KOETSHUIS = THE COACH HOUSE and it got built around 1763
Rose Garden or Rosarium and ALL FRAGRANT ONES!!!
We were already on the move with our guide, but still could hear the soprano Maja van 't Oever and bass Jan Alofs in the Rose Opera ←click link.
On all five days of the Rose Festival there was this rose opera...
Ellie captured me, while seated in the Rose Garden in partly shade for doing video WhatsApp with Pieter at 14:00 Dutch time = 8:00 Georgia/US time...
Yes, keeping our Blissful Relationship alive across the 8,000 km that separated us.
Fragrant climbing roses...
Ellie overlooking the moat
And me peeking out over the beech hedge (Carpinus betulus) over the moat...
The Rosarium is surrounded by a berceau. A walking path covered by a foliage vault. Berceaus were very popular with the lords of the castle in the 18th century. In addition to its architectural value, it als had a function: browning was out of the question for the nobility.
And yes, in my Province Limburg there are LOTS of French words in the language, left from the French ruling period...
Our guide captured both of us standing under this foliage vault or 'berceau'.
This picture gives an even better view of the entire berceau!
Tree Bridge — artistic design in concrete!
Kasteeltuinen Arcen – Rosarium ←click for 1:32 min. video
After climbing the stairs in this Tree Bridge, view over Rosarium
Zoomed in view over Rosarium
Happy WeFie of Ellie and me...
Beautiful garden with waterfall
Birdhouse in an old shoe...
Dogwoods blooming
Exposition with ROSES as we visited during the 2022 Rose Festival from June 9 to 13.
Those gardens are endless and such a variety!
Thai fisher home in the Kasteeltuinen Arcen – Oosterse Watertuin ←click for 1:35 min video about Far East Watergarden
With bamboo pipes flooding of Indonesian Sawah (not with rice but just grass)
Time for a tea break!
There was a demonstration for flower arrangements that could be purchased for taking away.
Swan in the moat, watching the feeding outlet where people can purchase some amount of food.
A big carp was hanging out there as well!
Arcen Kasteeltuinen—Castle Gardens Arcen 4.7 km or 2.9 miles
That was quite a lot of walking and the top shows the parking area.
These 35 acres of Gardens are a DREAM...
See also: Luchtbeelden Kasteeltuinen Arcen ←click for 1:13 min short video with aerial view.
Back by Ferry from Lomm to Lottum which Church is visible on the other side of the River Meuse...
A wonderful day! 

Stay tuned for more...

Related links:
Food for Body and Soul in Limburg | previous post by me
In Limburg with Friends | previous post by me


  1. Glad it was a wonderful day, Mariette.
    Nice to see you and Ellie having fun.
    Castle Gardens Arcen looks like a lovely place to visit.

    hugs and blessings, my dear friend.

    1. Dearest Veronica,
      So glad I checked my 'Spam' as this is where you comment was hiding... Blogger is crazy for quite a while.
      Oh, it was the most beautiful day one could wish for visiting the Gardens at Castle Arcen!
      Fond memories forever!

  2. b ellissimo post e fotografie.olga

    1. Cara Olga,
      Grazie e il Limburgo, nel sud dei Paesi Bassi ha posti bellissimi.

  3. What a lovely place and a great souvenir of a wonderful time. Thank you so much for sharing your photos, Mariette. I like the tree bridge. Looks so authentic I thought it was real - not concrete.

    God bless always.

    1. Dearest Victor,
      It was a dreamlike garden and a beautiful day.
      Those images are a lasting souvenir indeed and glad you enjoyed the photos.
      Indeed, that bridge was done very well and realistic looking.

  4. I would have been in heaven there, Mariette, how glorious! I love that shoe birdhouse, so creative!

    1. Dearest Kim,
      Who would not; provided you love nature and flowers?!
      There were many surprises to come upon and that birdhouse was a fun one.

  5. What a stunning place to visit, Mariette! You and your friend certainly look like you are having the times of you life.

    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Yes it is a very special place.
      Ellie and I did savor each minute for being together as BESTIES for one final time...
      Fond memories made!

  6. Es un castillo precioso el que nos has mostrado. No está en un lugar elevado, como los que he visto en España.
    Me encanta las imágenes tan simpáticas que has protagonizado.

    1. Querida Antónia,
      No, esta parte de Limburgo es plana, especialmente tan cerca del río Maas.
      ¡Fue un día maravillosamente hermoso junto con Ellie!

  7. Hi Mariette! Absolutely wonderful post.

    1. Dearest Anne,
      Wish I could walk there every week!
      It is one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe and so well maintained.

  8. What a beautiful post! Unusual tree bridge and cute bird house. Looks like our weather was perfect!

    1. Dearest Janey,
      Thank you and yes, that tree bridge was a marvel!
      The weather could not have been any better.

  9. What a wonderful place. I especially liked the happy coexistence between human beings and nature. And your complicity and joy is in plain sight.
    Coisas de Feltro

    1. Dearest Christina,
      It was on that sunny day a heavenly place.
      For being together with you BESTIE it made me very happy and these are the memories forever...


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