We were so lucky to be given this garden to work on, and being half Dutch Holland is a home from home for me. It was also a chance to improve my somewhat rusty Dutch speaking!
The brief was to design and manage the building of a large garden for a new hotel being made from two adjoining 17th century canal houses on the glitteringly beautiful Keizersgracht in central Amsterdam. The two gardens had until recently been part covered by a temporary building. The historic canal district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so all works on the garden were extremely tightly regulated. All the materials, including the new semi-mature trees, paving slabs and soil had to be hoisted over the 6 storey building with a specialist crane, this involved closing the road each time this was done. We found contractors and negotiated and oversaw their work to completion, and then the ongoing maintenance of the garden.