Source: Eindhoven Dagblad, Author: Jelle Krekels
"It's quite an operation," sighs castle managerr Paul Thijssen while he keeps an eye on the tilted tree. A spring storm in March last year ended the 110-year-old chestnut which provided the second courtyard of the castle of shadow. Shame, because the tree was the scene of many weddings and celebrations.
At Castle Heeze they all quick agreed to a replacement tree, but hereby the job was not done yet. " “There were many meetings necessary and experts have repeatedly come to see and measure”, says Thijssen. "Actually, we needed a heavier crane, but it did not fit through the castle gates."
Finally, it took the experts about six hours to do the costly job. For a moment, it seemed that the twenty year old chestnut would fall on the roof of the monumental castle. But the ooh's and aah's from the onlooking crowd, did not disconcert the workmen.
With heavy equipment from Van den Berk Nurseries and gardener Willemse they get the eight-ton and fifteen-meter high chestnut tree finally in place.
The Lazienki park is one of the most popular touristic places in Warsaw, Poland. It has a lot of building from the 18th and 19th century, such as the Royal baths, a Roman inspired theatre and a water tower. The, in some cases century-old, gardens in the park were all designed around these historic buildings.
At the end of 2014, the international known landscape designer Niek Roozen received a request of the Dutch Embassy in Warsaw to design a "Dutch Garden" at the beautifully restored orangery in Lazienki Park.
'Dutch Garden' refers not only to the ‘embroidery gardens’ from the 17th-century, but also to the Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima. They visited the park and the orangery in 2014 during their first official state visit. There, the idea arose that the Netherlands, known for its expertise in the fields of design, quality of planting and extensive product range, would take care of this garden.
Niek Roozen made a design according to historical lines, but with planting applied to contemporary way. The big trimmed rhododendrons for the borders framing the garden were selected by Niek at Van den Berk Nurseries. Van den Berk supplied five major Rhododendrons 'Catawbiense Boursault' , two beautiful Magnolia sieboldii and two pieces of Magnolia loebneri 'Leonard Messel' for the Dutch Garden. April 28, 2016, the garden will be officially opened by the Dutch Ambassador, during the celebration of King's Day.
Our anniversary celebrations are over and we look back on three fantastic days!
To complete our anniversary we organized an Open House for friends, family, neighbours and all other interested people on Sunday, September 20th. An estimated 800 people watched the demonstrations of planting-, digging- and binding machines. Many also took a walk over the fields behind the building, while dozens of children solved the rebus. For the more advanced tree lovers there was a quiz on trees. Also thanks to the fine summer weather, it was a successful day.
Click here for a detailed photo report on MooiRooi.nl
Our anniversary celebrations are over and we look back on three fantastic days!
Friday September 18 we celebrated our anniversary with our employees, their partners and our suppliers. It was a ‘Tree Prom’: 25 Metasequoias, special lighting, nice furniture and a large dance floor transformed our loading hall into a classy dance club! A swinging band provided the right musical atmosphere. The official part of the evening started with the celebration cake that was 'flown in' with the loop cat. Subsequently Pieter van den Berk, along with the two seniors Jan and Paulus, gave a short speech and supplied some anecdotes. After the gift of the staff was revealed, the party began. The conversations were lively, the liquor flowed and we had a great night together! Thanks everyone for the congratulations, the gifts, the great conversations and great atmosphere!
Our anniversary celebrations are over now and we look back on three fantastic days!
Thursday, September 17th, we welcomed 400 customers and other guests for helicopter rides, bus tours and demonstrations. Armed with umbrellas we went with oldtimer buses into the nursery for workshops on honey trees and the edible product range. Also the 'Crown Jewels' could be viewed while enjoying a glass of prosecco. 250 of our guests made a flight with a helicopter to look at the fields from above.
Later in the afternoon, everybody came back into the hall and enjoyed a lecture by Wim Daniëls. Wim had prepared us a beautiful story about birches and other trees and in spite of 75 years of experience with trees he has increased our knowledge!
After that the microphone was for Daan Roosegaarde with a lecture on interactive landscapes. Most of our guests are daily occupied with landscaping so this theme resonated with their interest. In addition, Daan is one of the most influential green innovators of the moment and he has designed a wide range of inspiring, innovative projects. We are proud that he wanted to share his experience and thoughts with us. Daan also found it interesting to be with us because trees are indispensable in a sustainable environment. Our tree book also went home with him.
To finalize the afternoon there was every opportunity to talk to each other, accompanied by a drinks, snacks and dinner. Maison van den Boer provided excellent catering and the ‘Lords of the good life’ a pleasant musical atmosphere. We look back on a wonderful day, even though we had some rain in the afternoon. Our guests however didn’t let themselves be put off and went into the fields! Thank you to all the genuine interest, the congratulations, the gifts and enthusiastic responses.
Photography: Fred Roest
On the occasion of our 75th anniversary Sonja Kreutzer of SoniWood gives a beautiful wooden ball made of birch to Pieter van den Berk. She choose this one as a present because the wood is also about 75 years old and birch means Berk in Dutch, what is our company/family name. A very nice gesture of her and we were very happy to meet her again on our High Tree Event. Sonja is a former colleague and is now working as a wood artist.
This year, we are celebrating our 75-year anniversary. Obviously, we are proud of this because ours is a flourishing family business which has enjoyed remarkable growth over the decades. With around 500 hectares of land, more than 100 expert employees and a product range encompassing 1750 species and cultivars, we have grown into one of the most significant European nurseries in our business sector. By continuing our recent investment in plant material, technical innovations, skills and marketing, we are able to look forward in expectation to what the coming years have in store, in spite of tough market circumstances in large areas of Europe.
Every jubilee should of course be celebrated, so we are putting on various events throughout the year. We will keep you posted.
We are proud to announce that we are starting our Jubilee year with the launch of the Second Edition of our book, ‘Van Den Berk on Trees’. When the First Edition of the book appeared in 2002, it was an immediate hit and is still a major reference work for anyone involved in public space planning.
The new edition describes 1101 species that can be found in Europe. It now includes an additional 383 species and cultivars and each description is accompanied by a beautiful photograph. Once again, the book is available in Dutch, English, German and French. We have also included guidelines for organising planting sites and for unloading and planting large trees.
The Second Edition is available from our webshop for the Jubilee price of € 75.00 until 31 March, after which it will cost €95.00.
From January 2015 available: 'Van den Berk on Trees' 2nd edition.
Fully revised edition: more species and cultivars, more photos.
Send an email to email@example.com (name + e-mail) and book your copy for the anniversary price of €75,00 instead of €95,00. We will notify you as soon as the book is available.