Clingendael’s Japanese garden in The Hague opens for spring
The 107-year-old Japanese garden in the Clingendael Estate is an astounding piece of natural history, where beautiful and rare trees and plants can be marvelled at in all their glory.
About Clingendael’s Japanese garden
The Japanese garden was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Clingendael’s owner at the time, Marguerite M. Baroness van Brienen. She was also known as Freule (Lady) Daisy.
Freule Daisy journeyed to Japan several times by boat and brought back stone lanterns, a water cask, various sculptures, little bridges and maybe even the garden’s current pavilion. These artefacts are now on display in the Japanese garden along with relaxing brooks, ponds and remarkable plants.
The Japanese garden’s historic value
The Japanese garden has notable historic value, as it is the only one of its kind and age in the Netherlands. Due to the garden’s fragility, it is only open for a total of eight weeks every year. It was declared a national monument in 2001.
About the Clingendael Estate
Clingendael translates to "valley between the dunes." The estate is located in between The Hague and Wassenaar and can be freely accessed.
You can still see traces of the gardening arts of 1818 in the foliage and design. The combination of nature and culture make it a very pleasant place to amble around, admire the beautiful buildings and gardens, and, weather permitting, have a picnic beside the water.
For more information about planning your visit to the Japanese Garden, visit the website for the municipality of The Hague.