Sandsculptures part I
Combined with the sculpture garden, you will find the sandsculptures. From the register you will walk a route along the sculptures. Each one are really well done.
Each year there is a different theme for the sculptures. This year (2014) the theme is Experience the golden age. All important figures and events from the Netherlands are showed: Rembrandt, wealth, etc
Openinghours from 12 April 2014 till 1 November are:
Monday to Friday 10am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Children till 5 years free
Children age 6 till 12 € 4.50
Alduts € 8.50
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Ouwerdorperhoeve part I
The present owners bought the buildings several years ago: the main house (a farmhouse), shed, bathroom and a well. The main house was build in 1867. All the buildings needed to be restored, which the owners did. They transformed it to its original standing - even the bathroom that was burned down.
The owners used to be vets when they bought the property. They made it to be a little farm with sheep and pigs. It all started with sheep. They had to learn all about them: how to feed them, milk them, etc: with good results and bad results. But from all mistakes you can learn new things.
These days there are about 30 sheep. The breed is a Dutch one (Frisian). The food they eat is oat and rye. Once a year the sheep go to a field where they can eat grass. A few times a day they are milked (milking time is between the end of February till early September). They are milked by a machine. The milk is conserved in a tank for 3 days. After these 3 days the milk goes to the cheese factory (which is a small building on the property). The raw milk is processed into farmers cheese. The time to mature is at least 6 weeks. When it is ready, it goes into a salty bath. Finally there will be a plastic layer over the cheese and it is complete. Twice a week the milk is processed to cheese.
Each year there are 2 or 3 lambs born on the farm. Some of the lambs are kept and the rest go to a butcher. Some of the meat they sell themselves.
This year they started to make their own yoghurt. It is a process that is still in the first phase. But what they have made so far (full yoghurt) is pretty tasty.
The cheese is sold at local markets from May through October.
In recent years the owners have started to breed pigs as well. They are a Dutch breed (Bonte Bentheimer). There are 5 pigs in total: 3 in one area and 2 in another area. The 2 who are separated, are in a breeding program. The owners are in debate as to whether the female one is pregnant (he says she is and she says she isn’t). If there are too many little ones, some will be kept at the farm and the rest will be sold to other farmers/people who like to have them as a hobby. The pigs will stay outside the whole year (even when it is -20C and snowy outside). In the cold temperatures they will get hay to lay on and the pigs will lay close to each other to stay warm. Sometimes the pigs go to the forest to whirl around the ground so plant spieces come up.
On Friday and Saturday afternoon (1.00pm till 3.30pm) there is a possibility to have a tour of this farm. In about an hour the story of the farm will be told. You will go with the guide to see the places mentioned in the story where it all happens. You can also taste a few different kinds of cheeses (young/fenugreek/chive/matured), At the end you will have a picnic basket and you can sit in one of the grasslands. In the basket you will find 2 sandwiches (one with cheese and the other one with Pears applestroop), a piece of fruit and a can of pear-apple juice. It is really nice to sit in the grasslands and have the picnic on a nice sunny day.
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Historical farmhouses of Garderen
"Schaapskooien" sheepscages, they are called and Garderen has still many of them. History recalls that the Veluwe was in agriculture a wasteland. Only sheeps could be kept here and so they were. On the heatherfields they grazed the little grass that was growing and thus prevented the heatherfields from being turned into simple meadows. Around and in Garderen there are still many historic farmhouses with or without their traditional sheep stables.
Some different kinds of souvenirs
In Garderen there are an astonishing amount of antique and decorative stuff stores. As well outside as inside the village core one can find several (and that on a few hundred inhabitants). This has no doubt something to do with the people that visit every year: tourists. The want to bring something typical home and souvenirs like wooden shoes or tulips are here not appropriate. Items like hunting-troffees are more like it, something you will find here anywhere, but funny enough (as for the almost extinct wildlife here) all imported or handmade.
The church: centre of the community
Like in Otterlo, the centre of the village community is definately the church. Less now-a-days then a century ago, when a church leader (pastoor or dominee) was as powerful as the political leader in the area. Still, in these Veluwe villages religion is stronger then in the larger towns. Especially in The Netherlands, the importance of the church has deminished, but in the "black socks" district (as we use to call it) the opposit is actually true. A thinner or thicker line from South-Western (Zeeland) to the North-East (Groningen) is strict religious. In the villages here one will not see people working on Sunday, not even cleaning garden or house. Sometimes one even can spot traditional clothing on these days. Garderen is not in the "black socks" districts, but flanking the line.
The main tourist attraction: the windmill
On the Veluwe, like in every other part of the Netherlands, wind is blowing (almost) every day. Here however one doesn't need a windmill to drain the land. Here the windmill is used for a purpose that is worldwide: the grinding of granes. The windmill of Garderen can be called the main tourist attraction for two reasons. One is that the windmill still operates fully and even meal and bread can be bought at the gate. The other is more modern: the windmill houses the VVV or tourist information centre. here one can get every information about Garderen and it's surroundings.
Enjoy the nature of the Veluwe
First and above all, people come to Garderen because it's surroundings. In The Netherlands, the "Veluwe" forests, heatherfields, sanddunes and hills are the firm number two destination of holiday traffic (number one is the coast line). Garderen is the perfect place to be inside and have access to some intresting other attractions like Harderwijk, Apeldoorn and Arnhem. Bikingtours and walking paths are leaving (and returning when you don't get lost) from Garderen and offer various ways to discover the natural beauty this village is in.
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