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Published on Jul 20, 2012

Tom Bijvoet about Canadian politeness. Harry Jongerden shows 'his' wonderful VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. Cycling through Holland (6), a trip to Gouda!

- 01:50: Tom Bijvoet, editor of Dutch the Magazine talks about Canadian politeness. Tom is Dutch, but has been living in Canada for 13 years now. He discovered that Canadians are very polite, but that this can lead to misinterpretation by foreigners that settle in Canada, and really want to adapt to the country.

- 03:45 We interview Mr. Harry Jongerden, who is the Garden Director of the VanDusen Botanical Garden. We ask him: who was Mr. Van Dusen? Turns out he was a lumber man, who was big in a lumber company who gave money to get the Van Dusen Garden started. His roots actually go back to the 1600's New Amsterdam. Harry Jongerden has a background in garden design, but is most active in the business side of the Botanical Garden. With 8 gardeners and 1,600 volunteers, the garden stands out.

Harry recently visited Holland: the Keukenhof and the Floriade in Venlo. Blown away by the quality of the presentation of flowers, he learned that the Keukenhof has been nominated and chosen many times as best attraction of Europe. At Floriade he learned about all the new developments in ways of designing with plants, and new trends in horticulture.

The VanDusen garden has increased its focus on sustainable gardening, including topics as water consumption and maintaining healthy soil, and also has educational programs on this topic. Now, the new Visitors Centre of the VanDusen Botanical Garden is amongst the greenest buildings in Canada. With the newest addition: The Bloedel Conservatory, there is also a big tropical collection to be looked after. An upcoming exhibition for this summer: Earth Art: art from natural materials, that blend in with the natural background.

- 17:38 Day 6 of Biking in Holland: Aaron en Victoria travel to Gouda. They see the marketplace of Gouda and visit the longest church in the Netherlands: it is 123 meters long, and has 2000m, 2 stained glass windows from the 16th century. Next to this, they visit a cheese weighing house, are introduced to the typical Dutch cheese slicer and see how pipes and typical Dutch stroopwafels are being made!

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Have a great week and bring a touch of orange into your life!

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This episode was first broadcast on June 14, 2012.

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