Het Loo Palace (Paleis Het Loo) was the residence of the royal family for nearly 300 years, and has now been restored into a museum and gardens for the public. You can't take pictures inside the palace itself, but check out this link to take a peek into one of the bedrooms.
The gardens of Het Loo are absolutely lovely though and you CAN take pictures out there!
This type of garden is called parterre, which is "an ornamental garden where beds and paths are arranged to form a pattern."
Immaculately trimmed scrolly hedges are surrounded by topiaries and different types of annuals and perennials which are also framed with hedges.
There are many statues and fountains throughout the gardens.
If you turn around and look back at the palace, you will see these lovely golden doors. How'd you like your back doors to look like that?!
Surrounding the garden is a massive moat of epic proportions. Okay, massive moat of epic proportions might be a bit of a hyperbole, but it sounds more impressive than "little wimpy ditch around the outer edges."
A wide variety of plants go into the gardens so that they can be enjoyed year round.
I'd really like to know where I can find seeds for an orange tree like this though!
I should mention that Loo is pronounced more like "lo" (rhymes with "though") and not "loo" (rhymes with zoo). I know better, but I say it like "loo" and giggle because I'm immature and it sounds like what Brits call the toilet. *ahem*
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