But at Alverna a world revealed itself: that of art and culture, and additionally he learned to speak proper Dutch!
Back in Schuinesloot, he did'nt feel at home anymore in the humble environment of the farm. He lived a wayward existance which took him all over the Netherlands. In 1970 he settled in Amsterdam, where he met Henk Gerritsen in 1973.
After 1978 he regularly returned to Schuinesloot to work in the garden together with Henk. In 1981 he, Henk and several others formed a pressure-group in order to rescue an important nature area in Amsterdam, de Oeverlanden, from encroaching municipal building plans, in which they succeeded in 1985.
In 1983 he moved definitely to Schuinesloot. In the happy years that followed Anton's superb artistry, which had laid dormant, came to life. He ornamented the Priona Gardens with all kinds of peculiar sculptures, arrangements and bouquets (see "Frills") and became an excellent photographer. His photo's were published in many different magazines and books, including "The beauty of plants in pots", "Readily sown annuals" and "Foliage in scent and colour" by Elisabeth de Lestrieux, and "Dreamplants", which Henk wrote together with Piet Oudolf and in the book about the Priona Gardens: "Spelen met de natuur" (Playing with nature). Dozens of postcards portraying his arrangements were sold in millions worldwide.