The Calendar in the Stinzenflora-monitor provides up-to-date information about the early spring flowers in the Netherlands at historic locations, the so called Stinzenflora or Stinzenplants. Regularly the monitor also reports on the flowering of the Stinzenplants elsewhere in Europe or about special interesting issues related to these plant species and the cultural history of these plants. All this is richly illustrated with beautiful photos by the correspondents of the Stinzenflora-monitor. Also images from classical herbals and other books are published. This year the list of plants has been extended. The table in the calendar has been updated and is easier to read.
The calendar is active from 10 February – 13 May 2018 on this website. This also includes the information about the many activities in spring which the participants in the Stinzenflora-monitor organise.
This year Leeuwarden-Fryslân is European Capital of Culture. The early spring flowers, the Stinzenplants, are pre-eminently an important part of the green cultural-historical heritage of Fryslân. The Stinzenflora can be admired on a dozen country estates, ‘Staten and Stinzen’, and gardens that belong to stylish centuries-old monumental buildings in and outside of Friesland. In many locations these special plants were already there a few hundred years ago. In February the Snowdrops are already blooming and Squills, Common Lungwort, Bulbous Corydalis and Wild tulip are just a few other examples of these spring flowers. No season is the same and therefore we started the Stinzenflora-monitor a few years ago. In the Stinzenflora-monitor you can see when what blooms where. This is a good tool for planning a visit to these areas.
This spring there is a unique authentic arrangement with a Frysian horse tram that allows you to visit several historic parks and gardens that have interesting Stinzenflora. Information will be given by knowledgable guides at each location. For more information click here.