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Arboretum Wespelaar is OPEN on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm (you can exit the Arboretum until 6pm through the parking), until November 15th, 2017, included. Groups are also welcome on other days on request (with guide). For more practical informations, please go to "Contact and visits".

The Hydrangea season is in full swing: you see them everywhere in front yards, parks and flowerbeds, and also in Arboretum Wespelaar. The Dutch name Hortensia refers to Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Empress Josephine de Beauharnais of France, who planted them for the first time. (Hortense de Beauharnais and her mother the Empress, even visited the parc of Wespelaar in 1807). The inflorescence of Hydrangea is often composed of large sterile flowers that lure insects to the smaller fertile flowers.

Hydrangea arborescens is known for its large spherical inflorescences. Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball' takes the cake with its very bombastic inflorescences the size of a football (plot 236). Hydrangea paniculata has a paniculate inflorescence up to 40 cm long. You’ll find them in the Marnef Wood: for example Hydrangea paniculata 'White Moth' and 'Pink Diamond' in plot 121 and Hydrangea paniculata 'Early Sensation' and 'Greenspire'  in plot 120.

Hydrangea quercifolia owes its name to the beautiful incised leaves that look a bit like an oversized oak leaf. In autumn they turn bright red. In plot 131 you‘ll find Hydrangea quercifolia 'Applause', 'Alice' and 'Snowflake'.

This leaflet will guide you around in the Arboretum (also available at the reception).

Arboretum Wespelaar is looking for motivated and dynamic trainees to join the team for a short or longer period. If you are interested, please email your curriculum and motivation letter to

Visit our image gallery to see pictures of the Arboretum throughout the seasons!




25-10-2017 - 26-10-2017
International Maple Symposium 2017 in Roscoff, Brittany, France


Arboretum Wespelaar awarded Level 4 accrediation by ArbNet!

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