Herbal Travels: Arboretum Trompenburg Botanical Gardens

| 7/28/2011 3:45:38 PM

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It never ceases to amaze me that I can find herbs most anywhere that I can image. Our first full day in Europe took us from Paris to Rotterdam on the Thalys train. The Herbal Husband searched for a garden visit for me and found one in Rotterdam. Our Dutch friends were anxious to see the garden as well. We headed to the Arboretum Trompenburg.  With an arboretum, you would imagine all plants labeled and big specimen trees and shrubs and beautiful surroundings, not herbs. It was a treat to get the addition of herbs. 

Courtyard Herb Garden at IDRW In Den Rustwat Restaurant at Arboretum Trompenburg 

Right near the entrance to the gardens, there is a restaurant with a courtyard garden fairly formal in structure with hedges and statuary. It was informal in the manner in which the herbs were planted though in containers in boxes. Although I didn’t ask, it seemed that it was a movable herbal feast. I think it is important that the boxes were easily moved indoors when necessary because The Netherlands does get cold and snow in winter.

Chives and Nasturtiums Thriving in Boxes 

Chives (one of my favorite herbs) and nasturtiums (another favorite) were growing very well. As you can see, you don’t have to have a large space to grow herbs and be able to enjoy them wherever you may have sun. Because they are such large trees in the surrounding area, they may have to move these boxes to get the maximum exposure of sunlight during the day.