The Garden

The Miracle Garden is a unique flower garden in the Erasmuspark in West Amsterdam, initiated and designed by the Amsterdam-based visual artist Elspeth Diederix.


The Miracle Garden is an extensive art project rooted in the blog The Studio Garden. The garden of Diederix’s studio became a laboratory for both the art of gardening and experiments in floral photography. This project led to her taking a course in horticulture. The Miracle Garden is the outcome of a contest led by Let it Grow – an organisation invested in the proliferation of plants and flowers within the city – and won by Diederix: ‘Develop an artwork for Amsterdam that brings the world of plants and flowers closer to people.’

The Miracle Garden is the breeding ground for the Miracle Series: unique artworks developed from the garden, which will appear on billboards across the city at various moments through its seasons. In addition, the garden is open daily to the public. There’s an array of the most spectacular flowers in bloom all year round.

The realisation of this last point wouldn’t be possible without the green fingers of an enthusiastic team of local residents (de Beheergroep) led by the horticulturist Dagmar van Wijngaarden. They take care of all the daily upkeep and practical maintenance. And as for the future: if the local council give the go-ahead, the garden will be further enriched with an impressive greenhouse designed especially for this art project by Studio Müller van Tol.

The Miracle Garden is made possible with the generous support of Let it Grow, the Mondriaan Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Amsterdam City Council. We are also grateful for the support of Bollenburcht, FloraMedia, JUB Holland, Van Hemert & Co Zaden and NijssenTuin.