Artist and biologist herman the vries writes his name without capitals because he feels there is no hierarchy between things. That’s way he assumes art cannot mean anything for nature, but nature is art in itself. de vries: ‘My gardens fit in with gardens which are already there. They are small botanical collections allowing you to compare and find differences and similarities. It is about sensibility, particularly about experiencing fragrances and the poetry they evoke’.
The three de vries gardens
Three de vries gardens have been established in Diepenheim:
- Winter Garden
By planting mainly shrubs flowering in the second half of winter, like all the hamamelis (witch hazels), this garden is at its best in the winter time.
- Syringa Garden
Nearly all botanical syringas are respresented. The shrubs have been chosen mainly because of their fragrance.
- Butterfly garden
Garden with buddlejas (butterfly bushes) flowering at different times of the year. There are a field with nettles and an alder buckthorn for the caterpillars.
The gardens are situated next to each other, on the Broenshof in Diepenheim.
herman the vries also designed the ‘Water lilies’, the Monument for Gustav Theodor Fechner, a lily pond in the canal of former homestead Peckedam.
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The Diepenheim Gardens are part of the KunstWerk Diepenheim project. This is a cooperation between Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Kunsten Op Straat Foundation, Cultureel Erfgoed Hof van Twente Foundation, The Council of Hof van Twente en District Water Board Regge and Dinkel. With the support of the province of Overijssel the position of Diepenheim as a striking hub of art and culture can be expanded.