On Monday, 30 October, Koninklijke Saan (well known for lifting the Golden Coach at Amsterdam Museum) will lift a c. ten-metre elm from Gasthuisvest into the Frans Hals Museum courtyard. The biggest tree ever planted in Haarlem. This gigantic operation brings us one step closer to the completion of the Frans Hals Museum garden and to the creation of a welcoming area of greenery for visitors and local residents to meet.
The Frans Hals Museum is working with internationally acclaimed landscape architects and urban developers West 8 to renovate the museum garden on Groot Heiligland. They are searching for plants that were once common in Haarlem. Executive director Paul Stork: “The elm we’re planting is a variety that has traditionally grown well in Haarlem’s soil. The tree will provide cool shade in the grounds and help keep climate levels constant in the museum galleries. In the spring of 2024, other plants will be added. And the Frans Hals Museum will become a green oasis in the city centre.”
Renovation of the garden was made possible with additional support from VriendenLoterij.