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Patron: Diderick van Velthuysen (1651-1716)
Location: Europe -- Netherlands -- Utrecht
The house and gardens at Heemstede were originally built in 1645 and purchased by Diderick van Velthuysen (1651-1716) in 1680. At that time the garden was redesigned to demonstrate Van Velthuysen's loyalty to the house of Orange Nassau. The long, narrow, rectangular garden is laid out symmetrically along a main axis running east and west, and it is traversed by paths and canals. Also includesd are parterres de broderie decorated with statues and fountains, a triumphal arch leading from the parterres to the orangery, a vegetable garden, a grotto, and a network of berceux. The house was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1987 and the gardens have been greatly changed. The garden may be seen here in a sequence of prints after Isaac de Moucheron.