Villa Augustus

Green Pearl with Espalier Fruit Walls and Full Wind Lines

Villa Augustus has all kinds of espalier fruit trees. Both as a full wind pipe, along garden walls and along a wooden fence. Raised as palmettes, cords and freestanding art forms.

It has many different types of espalier trees * and cultivars in many different espalier forms ** . The fruit grows against straight fruit walls , as a free-standing fruit hedge, against a berceau and as a solitary. The espalier fruit collection has been built since 2006 with the help of espalier fruit specialist Jan Freriks; the trees are very neatly guided.

*: pear, apple, peach, morel, mulberry, fig

**: upright cord, angled cord, wavy cord, zigzag cord, double U-shape, angled palette, Verrier palette, Belgian Gate, cup shape, fan shape.

Other things to see:

  • organic vegetable garden / ornamental garden
  • fruit cage with small fruit (raspberry, currant, blueberry, gooseberry, Japanese wine berry),
  • standard orchard (apple, cherry)
  • authentic grape greenhouses
  • orangery with citrus fruits
  • restaurant (with many organic and locally produced vegetables)
  • water tower from 1882, converted into a striking castle-like hotel.

In 2010 they won the Garden of the Year Award from the renowned English magazine Gardens Illustrated and the Garden Museum (London).


Oranjelaan 7, 3311 DH Dordrecht

Opening Hours & Admission Prices

Open daily.

More info: see website

Prepare Your Visit

  • The restaurant is a contemporary place with delicious fresh food. It is pleasantly busy any time of the day. An ideal place to meet with a friend or for a casual business lunch.
  • Also visit the nearby Noah’s Ark : the largest wooden ship in the world (135 meters long, 30 meters wide, 23 meters high). The ship can be reached by waterbus .
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