Hortus Botanicus, one of Amsterdams favorite places to visit during the weekend when the sun is out and the weather is nice. All of us Amsterdamians have had several field trips to this beautiful old botanical garde during our preschool education. We learnt all there was to know about plants, how to grow them and the importance of this garden. The Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens of Europe.
For over 375 year the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam is a place for research and education. As a matter of fact, the history of the Hortus Botanicus is part of the history of science. Part of this legacy is the highly important Hortusbibliotheek, now owned by the University of Amsterdam.
Nowadays the botanical garden is open to the public and with organized tours, different types of events and workshops there is something everyone can participate in.
Just imagine yourself strolling through the different greenhouses and buildings, all over decades old; the oldest build in the early 18th century and the ‘latest’ edition was added to the botanical garden in 1915.
With over 5000 plants from 4000 different species there is always something new to discover and with every greenhouse you move in a different environment with different flora and fauna! Fauna? yes we even discovered some friendly turtle friends in one of the greenhouses.
Idyllically set up with pools and waterfalls, turtles and other small creatures are part of the experience you get while visiting the Hortus Botanicus.
The Hortus Botanicus and the city of Amsterdam are inextricably linked with each other. The garden was founded by the city council, the Eastern Indian trading company (VOC) and the Western Indian trading company (WIC) supplied the garden with foreign plants and seeds and saw to it that the collection grew and nowadays the many visitors that are coming each year to this beautiful park, all contribute to the right history of one of Amsterdams most prestige parks.
text by @anafranic.xx
photos by @anandavandoorn