Castle garden in bloom

Between the 8th of April and the 1st of September of 2019 visitors of Rijksmuseum Muiderslot will learn more about the historic gardens surrounding the castle. There are activities for young and old in which gardening, herbs, plants, fruits, flowers and (forgotten) vegetables play a major role. The many volunteers who maintain the gardens every day will also be put in the spotlight.

Volunteers and holy beans
Around the Muiderslot lay unique gardens that were first laid out in the 17th century. With the yield from the gardens, the most delicious meals have been prepared for centuries in the castle. And still the gardens produce a rich harvest every year. The gardens are lovingly and expertly cared for by dozens of volunteers. From Monday to Saturday, they are happy to give curious visitors explanations. What do holy beans look like? Are there really black tomatoes? What is the bleaching of vegetables? Which medicinal properties do herbs have? Come along, ask your questions and learn the ins and outs of 17th century gardening.

Activities for young and old
Between 8 April and 1 September 2019, activities will take place regularly in or around the castle gardens. There are several creative workshops for young and old, in which can be danced, cooked or tasted. There are also regular guided tours and short lectures. Hortulanus (garden conservator) Henk Boers organizes special tours on ‘garden and fortress’ every first Sunday of the month. The fortifications around the Muiderslot are part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Curator Yvonne Molenaar guides visitors through the gardens every third Sunday of the month. She places the link between inside and outside: the delicacies that were prepared in the kitchen from the castle with ingredients from the castle gardens. Afterwards she provides a short demonstration of flower arranging according to the 17th-century model. On the second and fourth Sunday of the month there are extra activities for children: ‘Kids in the castle’. Of course there is also plenty to do for children during the school holidays. From the end of March you will find an up-to-date overview of all activities on www.muiderslot.nl. You can also go there for registration and information about opening hours, entrance fees and accessibility.

Portrait photos and film
There is also work by contemporary artists. For example, Roderik Rotting recently portrayed all flower volunteers of the Muiderslot. This group decorates the museum rooms with flowers, branches, leaves, herbs and fruits from the castle gardens. All decorations are based on 17th-century floral art. Rotting photographed the volunteers during their work. He also made a silent film about the gardens of the Muiderslot. Both the photo portraits and the film will be shown in the spring and summer of 2019 in the castle garden and in the casemate. Next season Rotting will expand the series of portraits with photos of all garden volunteers.