Jacqueline van der Kloet

Spring Flowering Bulbs with Perennials

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Van der Kloet has worked alongside her compatriot, garden designer Piet Oudolf, to incorporate bulbs into New York City’s Battery Park which we feature in Piet Oudolf and Dr Noel Kingsbury’s latest course here at Learning with Experts.

Longevity is a kind of sustainability, and that may be one reason van der Kloet’s designs have caught on. Jacqueline has had commissions around the world, including a ten-acre renovation of beds at Holland’s Keukenhof, one of the largest ­public flower gardens in the world. The projects she’s done in the United States have met with resounding success. Van der Kloet collaborated with Oudolf again in Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2007, followed by a stint at the New York Botanical Garden’s Seasonal Walk, in 2008. TV host and author Martha Stewart unveiled her at her New York, home, which includes 116,000 bulbs, all in shades of blue and distributed by van der Kloet’s signature “sprinkling,” which means handfuls of bulbs are lovingly tossed onto the ground, to be planted where they fall.

Botanically speaking, ‘bulbs’ is a collective name which tubers, corms and rhizomes alongside tulips and narcissi. This course covers how to plant spring flowering bulbs in the naturalistic style used by Van der Kloet and Oudolf: bulbs that are planted in autumn, go through a cold period in winter and start to flower in spring. The first lesson features all kinds of other spring flowering bulbs (except tulips) which can cheer up our gardens, from early to late spring, like snow drops, grape hyacinths and ornamental onions, to name a few.

Course outline

  • Spring flowering bulbs, basics and planting techniques

    Jacqueline takes Noel on a tour of her garden, discussing which bulbs she plants where, and why. She takes us back to basics, going into depth about what is inside a bulb. She talks about different combinations of bulbs which work well together, and goes on to demonstrate successful planting techniques (both in borders, rock gardens, meadows, woodland areas and in containers). She also goes into depth on lasagna-planting, when to order and when to plant, how to scatter and maintenance after planting.

  • Tulips and more

    7 months later, you are taken on another tour of Jacqueline’s garden to see how her bulbs have developed. She will demonstrate which colour combinations have worked well in her borders, and highlights the importance of creating sequences of flowering periods (with examples of early, mid and late flowering tulips). You will learn how to use tulips in perennial borders in a naturalistic style, how you can have flowers in bloom throughout the spring season, when to deadhead and how to do so. Jacqueline also gives examples of bulbs which will attract bees, bulbs which have a particular scent, bulbs for dry soil, bulbs for wet soil and a list of the best perennializing species or varieties for warm, moderate and cold climates.

  • Technical information for all spring flowering bulbs

    You will learn the history of spring flowering bulbs, how to make them last for longer than a year and how to mix them with suitable companions according to colour and shape. You will be introduced to the 13 different divisions within narcissi, and the 15 divisions within Tulips.

  • A visit to Keukenhof

    In this lesson, Jacqueline takes you to Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. It is one of the world’s largest flower gardens where approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually. You will be taken on a tour of the park to inspire you and demonstrate what you can do with spring flowering bulbs.

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Meet Jacqueline van der Kloet

Jacqueline van der Kloet - Gardening
I'm perhaps best known for my collaboration with the famous planting designer Piet Oudolf. My expertise is bulbous plants, experimenting in my own garden, the Theetuin (“tea garden”), which was established at Weesp near Amsterdam some 30 years ago. I source plants in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Africa, China, the United States, Oman and “most Western European countries,” observing plant communities in the wild with a view to replicating them at home as part of my naturalistic designs.

A late starter, I “fell into plants” at the age of 28, soon after qualifying as a garden designer I travelled to China and was amazed to see the likes of Nandina domestica (the heavenly bamboo) and also the camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora, growing both wild and as a street tree. I have been to the USA and China many times, but nothing inspires me as much as the spring mountain meadows, which always blow me away. It has something to do with the 'natural style’ that I love so much.

My first love was perennials. It gave me so much joy discovering which ones would be suitable for the different parts of the garden, which is mainly on clay soil, so quite moist, but with some drier areas. But then after six or seven years I discovered’ spring-flowering bulbs and the possibility of mixing them with other plantings. In the past few years annuals and summer-flowering bulbs have become favourites. I find those four groups of plants so inspiring and I like to test all kinds of combinations.

I'm excited to be able to reach out to you wherever you are in the world, and share my knowledge and passion through these online horticulture and garden design courses at Learning with Experts. Piet Oudolf and I continue to collaborate on bulb plantings all over the world and update our work here accordingly. I look forward to seeing you in the classroom.

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