In the third weekend of June some 30 most private gardens will be open to the public, some of them for the first time. The theme for 2008 is Art in the Canal House Garden. The gardens behind the stately homes along the Amsterdam canals used to be meant mainly for viewing in winter, when the families stayed in town. Not surprisingly, art played an important part in the decoration of the gardens. During the Open Garden Days 2008, three centuries of art will be presented: from an 18th century statue by Jan van Logteren at the Museum Willet-Holthuysen, to THERE 2000 by Ram Katzir at the Museum Van Loon, from Apocalyps; specially created by Martie van der Loo for the Biblical Museum, to a collection of modern art at the ING bank building.Various artists will present their work in the gardens during the Open Garden Days. The Open Garden Days are an excellent opportunity to enjoy art inspired by Classical Antiquity, Commerce, and the gardens themselves.