Henk Gerritsen


By Henk Gerritsen


                                                                         Architectura & Natura Press

 Amsterdam, Netherlands




Gardening is an unnatural pursuit. The gardener views nature as an abundantly filled grab bag from which he is free to select a number of items he would like to use in his garden, and then dispose of the rest in the trash. But he’s mistaken: once opened the grab bag turns out to be a Pandora’s box, which constantly releases demons that besiege the gardener and his garden.”

                                                                                -Henk Gerritsen


 Essay on Gardening is a gardeners garden book. Written with Henk’s no nonsense approach, one can’t help but be taken it in by his passion for words and gardening. Though I don’t agree with everything he has to say, I am constantly referring back to this book for information and inspiration.


Henk Gerritsen was born in Utrecht , Netherlands in 1948. He studied with Mien Ruys, dutch garden designer, and in 1986 he opened Priona Gardens in Schuinesloot. He collaborated with Piet Oudolf on several books. Henk died in 2008.  

-Your Local Dutchman





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Negotiating with Nature


With the start of a New Year I begin my second year of working on my film Negotiating with Nature.I hope you will follow the progress of this exciting project at Negotiatingwithnature.com. I will be posting updates, excerpts from interviews and beautiful footage of gardens.

With the generous help from some wonderful people, I am planning my “Garden Tour” for this spring. I will be travelling to NYC, Penn and Virginia to interview, film and gather material for the film. This is phase one of my “Garden Tour”, which will take me to the mid-west and the west-coast.


-Your Local Dutchman



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Best of…


 Here is a list of the most viewed blogs from my website…                       (just click on date to take you there.)                                       

 June 2013   Another Stonewall/ The Layered Garden (book review)                         January 2013  History of Place                                                                                                   July 2012  Bells in the Garden                                                                                                    April 2012  Water in the Garden (with video)                                                                        February 2012  Cottonstone Farm (with video)                                                                  January  2012  Grasses in the Garden (with video)                                                            October  2011 Painting in My Garden/ The Bench                                                              September 2011  Bulbs in the Garden/ Buddha in the Garden(book review)              May 2011  Symbols in the Garden                                                                                          January  2011  Winter Pruning/ Concrete Garden Balls


-Your Local Dutchman                

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