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De Buitenplaats

The Digital Newsletter of Wester-Amstel
Events!

After two years of Corona silence, indoor and outdoor events are up and running again at Wester-Amstel. Of course, we are still keeping a close eye on the latest government guidelines and will make adjustments if necessary. With that said, we proudly announce the following events...

Behind the Scenes

A lot of things happened last year. Suffice to say that despite all of the turbulence caused by COVID-19, we had a good year. It was a year of building, in fact. We built outside, inside, and organisationally.

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Wester-Amstel on Amstellanddag or Open Monumentendag, then it’s likely you have either seen or been a part of one of our tours. Knowing that these tours are a great way for visitors to get to know Wester-Amstel (past and present), we recently enlisted the help of a brand new volunteer (and long time friend) to assist us in making them even better.

This time last year, we announced the major renovation of our former coach house and staircase. And we are now happy to say that all of the renovation work is finished and that the results have exceeded our expectations.

Wie wil dat niet! Aankomende maanden (mei, juni en juli) op dinsdag- en donderdagochtend van 10.00-13.00 uur kunt u een plantje of zaden kopen op Wester-Amstel. U bent van harte welkom. – De Tuingroep Foto door Markus Spiske on Unsplash Foto door Jael Rodriguez on …

Not so long ago, Aleid Röntgen, who is helping shape our kitchen garden, asked if she could plant a few bird-friendly bushes next to the garden. Her vision included beautiful flowering bushes and plenty of vantage points for insectivores to pick off the species that posed a threat to our beloved vegetable garden. Here's how that is going...

In our preview for 2021 we announced our desire to organise new public indoor-activities at Wester-Amstel. After three years of absence, we wanted to breathe new life in our rear hall, with a series of lectures, concerts and other indoor activities befitting a country estate.

It is tempting to use puns such as "behind the gate" or "behind the coach-stable doors". But we mainly want to tell you what has been going on at Wester-Amstel since the last newsletter.

In this edition of De Buitenplaats, we’re excited to introduce you to two of the Vrienden van Wester-Amstel Foundation’s board members: Frits Roest and Herma De Heer.

Last year’s missed volunteer outing was made up for in a big way this year.

Wild Toddlers!

'Wild Toddlers' was the first thing that we read when we received a very unexpected email from Emilie Zandvliet. And here's how we responded...

Across the pond

Of course, Bill and I were not surprised when we were asked to build a bridge to the former “studio island” on the other side of the pond. By this point, it was common for us to be plucked away from our regular task of protecting the orchard from eroding shores, aggressive rats, exotic lobsters, and nibbling sheep.

Wester-Amstel’s park and gardens produce a wide range of crops and goods throughout the year. We harvest vegetables, herbs, hard and soft fruits, and even firewood. We’re also really proud to say that we grow everything the old fashioned way, meaning there’s no fertilizers or pesticides involved! Here's what we're selling this year.

The time has come for the orchard lane to be replaced. It’s a bittersweet moment, but alas time waits for no tree. Here is a look at what went into our decision.

In each edition of De Buitenplaats, we like to introduce a new friend of Wester-Amstel. This time around, we could easily call it ‘meet our neighbours’. So without further ado, let’s meet this fantastic duo!

We are used to seeing brides and grooms roaming our grounds… Last spring, however, we must admit, things got a little out of hand. We're not sure who whispered our name around, but we suddenly went "viral" on the wedding circuit.

Since 1994, Wester-Amstel has come equipped with a "rose medallion". It is located at the front of the house and cannot be missed by visitors or passersby. And while we love it dearly, it was time for the garden group to give it a complete makeover.

'The appearance of a 1980s youth hostel.' This was the stern yet fair verdict given by a real estate agent visiting Wester-Amstel in 2018. But guess what? We're happy to report that we are gearing up to give it a fitting update!

We’re going to say it again, even though we’ve said it plenty of times before… Last year was a special year! To discover why, keep reading...

Spring is finally here and that means it's time to get planting!

In Memory of Co Meulman

On July 31st, 2020, Co Meulman passed away at the age of 96. Co had been a steadfast friend and garden volunteer at Wester-Amstel since 1993. We will miss Co and his spirit and we will never forget the energy he brought to Wester-Amstel and our lives.

If you’re ever looking for someone to talk to about the Amstelland or the historical significance of Wester-Amstel, then Finette van der Heide is your woman. She may have only become an official friend of Wester-Amstel in 2020, but as I quickly discovered, her relationship with W.A. goes back decades.

A beautiful painting of the park and gardens has found a new home in the hallway at Wester-Amstel. It’s an impression piece by artist Linda Hartman.

Wester-Amstel’s park and gardens produce a wide range of crops and goods throughout the year. We harvest vegetables, herbs, hard and soft fruits, and even firewood. We’re also really proud to say that we grow everything the old fashioned way, meaning there’s no fertilizers or pesticides involved!

Behind the Scenes

In our spring newsletter, we told you about the Friends of Wester-Amstel Foundation’s plans for 2020 and beyond. Our focus has shifted from inside to outside. Our main priorities are providing access to the public and ensuring the maintenance and beautification of our park and gardens.