As was customary in the seventeenth century, the beautiful historic gardens of Muiderslot are still used for decorative and practical purposes. The covered walk (berceau) divides the grounds into a vegetable garden (Warmoeshof) with forgotten vegetables from earlier times, and a herb garden, with herbs for the kitchen, for medicinal purposes, for making dyes and for decoration. From March to November you will find the garden being tended by volunteers who will be happy to tell you more about the proud history of the gardens and everything growing in them (from Monday to Saturday)
Behind the castle is the the plum orchard. The orchard was a source of inspiration and joy for the writer and poet Pieter Cornelisz Hooft (‘the Dutch Shakespeare’) who lived at the Muiderslot castle in the 17th century.
If you would like to learn more about the Muiderslot’s historic gardens or work as a volunteer for a few hours a week in these fantastic gardens, contact our head gardener Henk Boers: info[at]muiderslot.nl
Gerarda Rueter, Tesseltje, bronze, 1971
Tesseltje was Hooft’s pet name for one of his favourite guests, Maria Tesselschade. She came to Muiderslot to sing and to write and read her poems to the other visitors. The statue show Tesseltje with a book in her hand. She was one of the few female poets of her time.
Sjoerd Buisman, The Source, patinated bronze, 1998
The location of this bronze basin refers to an historic fountain. The spiral shape symbolises the constant processes occurring in nature. Buisman used the cross-section of a celery stalk as his model for the work.
Eja Siepman van den Berg, Girl standing, bronze, 1972
A seventeenth-century garden would often contain a statue of a nude as the personification of a particular idea. This statue, without arms or legs, is both recognisable and strange. The emphasis is not on the torso itself, but the shape of the body as a work of art.