The Springer Library (1630-1940)

In 1940, the well known Dutch garden designer L.A. Springer left a large collection containing his library, his herbarium, his designs, old prints, photographs and other documentary materials on gardens and garden architecture to Wageningen University. The Springer library nowadays only contains the 700 books. Besides books on landscape architecture and garden history of the Netherlands and abroad there are books on ornamental planting and architecture. This collection contains a lot of relatively modern books (20th century) but as a whole it is unique in topic, even for Europe.

You can search the Springer Library in the catalogue of the Special Collections.

The designs and documentation collected by Springer was the start of the collection TUiN (=GARdeN, Garden Architecture Archives of the Netherlands).
In the database TUiN you can find Springer's designs and the documentation he gathered about Dutch gardens and garden history.

Springer's herbarium became part of the Herbarium Vadense.


Oldest book from the collection

The oldest book in the collection is a work on horticulture dating from 1632. An illustration from this book, showing examples of topiary, is shown here.

Lauremberg, P.
Horticultura, libris II. comprehensa; huic nostro coelo et solo accommodata; regulis, observationibus, experimentis, et figuris novis instructa: in qua quicquid ad hortum proficue colendum, et eleganter instruendum facit, explicatur. - Francofurti ad Moenum : sumptibus Matthaei Meriani, [1632]. - 196 p. : 1 frontisp., 6, 23 pl. [la]

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