Stins Plants

​Every spring, “stins plants” transform the castle gardens of Nyenrode Business Universiteit into veritable sea of blooms in ever-changing colours. Snowdrops, winter aconites, crocuses, hyacinths, holewort, wild tulips, daffodils and dusky crane’s-bill are just a few examples of the “stins plants” that flower in large quantities on the estate.
Stins plants are usually abundantly flowering spring-time plants from southern regions that, in the Netherlands, are found mainly on old estates. The name “stins” comes from the Old-Frisian for “stone house”.   
The soil at Nyenrode contains a wealth of leaf mould besides being rich in chalk thanks to centuries of gardeners adding lime to the soil, so the conditions here are very suitable for many varieties of “stins plants”.







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