The foundation will be restoring the vegetable and flower garden at the coach house. When the original garden fell into disrepair due to World War II and other circumstances, a fruit orchard was created on this site. For this purpose, the 18th-century fishpond was filled in. However, the orchard was discontinued when its yield did not offset all the work it required.
The fishpond was dug out again around 1970. Recently, the foundation started with the reconstruction design of the vegetable garden created by Korneel Aschman. The earthmoving has already started, the monumental fishpond is now shored up and a new moat has also been dug, derived from old maps. The extra soil dug up was used to create a hill from which future visitors will have a beautiful view over the vegetable garden. On the west side of the vegetable garden, a 90-metre (300 feet) long and 2.4-metre (7′ 10″) high espalier tree wall will be built, consisting of 25 bays.
Part of the vegetable garden area will be fenced off with an elegant wooden fence. This will prevent deer from eating the plants and it allows the site to close at night. The wooden fence is designed in the style of an earlier fence that once stood here, a drawing of which, dating from around 1823/1825, has been preserved. Other areas will have iron gates placed in beech hedges.
At the rear of the coach house there will be a parking area for employees, volunteers and people with disabilities. All other guests will be asked to park at the entrance to the park. This gives visitors to the estate the opportunity to walk to the manor house and relax in the atmosphere of the beautifully scenic landscaped park. It also prevents too many cars from driving through the park. The walk from the existing car park to the coach house is only one kilometre.
Let us remain in the vicinity of the coach house and the vegetable garden for a bit. After all, René Dessing has wonderful ideas for the orchard, which will be an extension of the vegetable garden. As an expression of Landfort’s connection with other historic country estates, he wants to plant more than fifty (medium-height) standard fruit trees in the orchard. These varieties will all have a link with other historic Dutch country estates.
There was no such thing as a country estate without an orchard. In fact, country estates were of great importance in the cultivation and preservation of various fruit tree varieties. You could even say that many varieties survive to this day because of their tucked-away existence on country estates. Consider an apple called Manpads Glorie, named after Huis te Manpad in Heemstede. Until recently, only one tree of that type still lived in the orchard of that country estate. In recent years, grafts have been taken from this unique specimen, one of which is now also in sEL’s possession and will be given a home in our new orchard. In the future, this apple variety and its special history can be found in the orchard of Huis Landfort alongside other special varieties.