Working in Aalsmeer
Heritage skills still thrive in Aalsmeer. You can see traditional craft and industry in action in various picturesque locations – the hidden pearls of a working town.
Aalsmeer has long been a centre for lilac growing. The peat of the islands in the lake area provides fertile soil for the shrubs. Only a handful of growers continue to make a living in this demanding business. The firm Klaas Joren on Uiterweg is a true lilac specialist. The nursery is open to the public during the first three months of the year.
Roses and hanging baskets
There is no better way to discover the beauty of Aalsmeer’s roses than a visit to the Belle Epoque rose nursery. From mid-May, when the show gardens come into bloom, you can marvel at the sight of 500 different garden rose varieties. You can also call in at the neighbouring nursery, Morning Glory, which sells beautiful hanging baskets.
You are greeted by the smell of freshly smoked eel at Visserijbedrijf Rekelhof in Kudelstaart. Not only can you buy eel from the waters of the Westeinderplassen, but by arrangement you can also go for a trip on an eel fishing boat – with a traditional smoked eel sandwich to round it off.