Birds, hedgehogs and ladybirds
It was always my dream to live in a beautiful house with a large garden," says Casper. That dream came true. Ankie, with whom I run graphic design agency Zilverblauw, and I live in a detached 1920s house with beautiful stained glass and a decent plot of land. We're very lucky to have a big garden and lots of space for nature'. Biodiversity, or the variety of plants and animals, is very important to the two of them. Among other things, I made a pond and kept many places nice and messy, as if it were a forest. I have also created beautiful spots where we can sit and enjoy ourselves. The aim is for the garden to be a nice place for our family, but also for all the bees, butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, ladybirds and other creatures.
Besides biodiversity, sustainability plays a major role in Casper's paradisiacal garden. Casper and Ankie know how to do a lot of DIY and reuse materials. We bought a shed and greenhouse second-hand, almost for free. It takes some time and energy, but it's fun to do and the result is amazing. Not everything has to be new! Casper also stresses the importance of choosing the right plants. Preferably indigenous, i.e. plants that occur naturally in your living environment, organic and non-toxic. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, so you have to search for the right grower or shop. Tip: Sprinklr, a webshop for plants, and Cruydt Hoeck, a webshop for seed mixtures. Fortunately, garden centres are also selling more and more good stuff.