Willem is the former Head Gardener at Paleis Het Loo National Museum in The Netherlands, now a garden advisor. He has a degree from Frederiksoord Horticultural College and further education from ‘Muskauer Schule’, Bad Muskau, Germany. He has been working at Paleis Het Loo from 1983 – at first as a Deputy Head Gardener, the Head Gardener and now a Gardens Consultant.
He has also been involved in the National Cultural Heritage Agency , participating in the project ‘Dutch gardens in Russia’ focus on the Summer Garden in St Petersburg, and the Peter and Paul park in Jaroslavl, from 2008-2019. In addition, collegial contacts and consultancy at Hampton Court Gardens, The Danish Palace and Properties Board, ( Frederiksborg and Fredensborg Palace) and Drottningholm Palace. He has also experience as a:
– Member of the ‘Arbeitskreis Deutscher Orangerieën’
– Board member of ‘Cascade’, the Dutch garden History Society
– Board member of the Dutch head gardeners Guild from 2008 – where he is still a member.