Het Loo

Ponds and fountains in Historic Gardens

Webinar: 16th of January 2024
Practical workshop: 4th to 5th of June 2024 in The Netherlands


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Practical workshop at Het Loo, The Netherlands

In this two day workshop, we want to outline the role of water bodies, fountains and water conduits in historic gardens, their preservation and maintenance and explore how changing water supply methods affect the restoration of fountains and ponds.

Holland has been pre-eminent in water management for centuries and remains so to this day. Many other European gardens were influenced by Dutch designs that have water as a key element, but they have lost the skills to maintain and manage them. Others struggle in this period of climate change to cope with the wide fluctuations of water supply that we are all facing.

Photo: Venus fountain at Het Loo by/Het Loo

Practical workshop topics:

  • Tracing back old water systems. Methods of maintenance of preserved, renovated and restored fountains and water supply systems
  • Water purification and ways to save water consumption. Cultural heritage perspectives: principles and practice.
  • International conservation charters and national legislation that exist to safeguard water bodies.
  • How these can be applied to heritage garden water bodies and the craft skills and methods associated with it.
  • How do water bodies improve the microclimate/mitigate climate change?
  • Maintaining the quality / purity of the water to save animal and plant biodiversity.

Teachers/Mentors at the workshop

The teachers/mentors at the workshop are international experts on the topic. These are:

  • Renske Ek, Curator at Paleis Het Loo
  • Willem Zieleman, Garden advisor Paleis Het Loo
  • Thies Koggel, Head Gardener at Rosendael
  • Louise Remesal, project manager «Baakse Be

More information

The workshop is a part of the Erasmus+ funded project Craft Skills for Garden Conservation, so there is no course fee. But the participants must pay their own travel costs, food and accommodation. In addition, during the workshop bikes will be used for transportation (price for hire one day about 15€). Price for the lunch on the second day is about 30€.
See the Webinar program for more information about the two day-workshop.

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Details from the Venus fountain by/Het Loo

Photo: Het Loo


– speaker on the topic Dipping Pond
Willem is the former Head Gardener at Paleis Het Loo National Museum in The Netherlands, now a garden advisor.

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