Gay and Kees Klok were the ones who had the vision to create a beautiful cool climate garden from a declining apple orchard and Gay has written extensively about the evolution of Kibbenjelok. Her writings are scattered over the web like hidden treasures waiting to be revealed. I (and my mother and brother) have spent long hours picking our way through broken links, missing pages and 404 errors to try and find as much as we can on the history of Kibbenjelok. Here I have collated the story of the making of Kibbenjelok, as told by Gay Klok.
The last in the series of Gay Klok’s history of Kibbenjelok. I hope that you have enjoyed reading about how the garden came to be.
Open garden, orphan plants and the battle of the Pomme. Gay continues the story of Kibbenjelok
Peacocks come to Kibbenjelok! Oft maligned as noisy and dirty, these beautiful birds are intelligent, curious characters. We adore them – and so did Gay.
Meet the “Gentle Giant” and learn about Gay’s quest for the perfect shade of misty green for the sunroom
The beginning of a garden – read about Gay and Kees hard work as they begin to carve a garden out of a declining apple orchard
In Chapter 2 Gay continues the story of their first impressions of Kibbenjelok, the decision to buy and the mixed emotions they felt during that time
A series of posts made by Gay Klok around 2007 that chronicles the making of Kibbenjelok. In this chapter Gay describes their state wide search for the perfect place to build their garden eden and seeing what was then “Forest Home” for the first time.