December 30, 2013

Chris Goedhart, Italiaanse droomtuin/Italian dream garden



Aedifiare vitam est.....constructing that's life... this describes rather well the typical state of mind of all these non-profesional builders who -as so many creators presented in this blog- devote a large part of their life to creating something they consider as essentially beautiful.

Life and works

Chris Goedhart was born in a family with ten children, living in a community in an agricultural area in northern Holland. He lost his father at a young age. In his youth he experienced a lot of poverty, he tried to soften by dreaming away in an old Dutch magazine with lots of images of classic Italian structures.

He preferred a blocks set as a toy and he made himself small building blocks by allowing cement to harden in matchboxes.


Once adult he could buy an old farmhouse, which he renovated during twelve years.

When this project was completed, Goedhart turned his desire to build on creating an Italian dream garden, fascinated as he was by classical Mediterranean architecture.

To protect a palm in the garden against the occasionally firmly blowing winds in the flat countryside of northern Holland, Goedhart constructed a wall.

This was the beginning of a forty year project, which resulted in a wonderful garden with various gates, arches, pillars, cascades, a Roman bath, ponds and a tea dome.


Goedhart's art environment is an ensemble of carefully constructed classical works with a focus on the beauty of forms and without fuss. It is the sheer joy of building as such which drives him.

Aedifiare vitam est

In the Netherlands the site is appreciated by lovers of gardens and the members of the dutch branch of the British Folly Fellowship.

Chris Goedhart
Italiaanse droomtuin
Koningspade 37
1718 MP Hoogwoud, Netherlands
can be visited on appointment

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