Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

December 1, 2008 at 12:19 am 5 comments

My favorite, favorite, favorite part of the trip to the Netherlands was an afternoon at the Hortus Botanicus, aka the Botanical Gardens. Area-wise, the gardens are small, taking up only 1.2 hectares. On the map, the gardens are so small that I originally thought little Wertheim Park was it!

The small size is incredibly misleading. The gardens are completely packed with things to see! They house over 4000 different species of plants, they have a special butterfly greenhouse as well as exhibits representing subtropic, tropic and desert climates. There was an amazing amount of diversity.  Oh and I did I mention they hand out a guide highlighting the notable trees on the property? 🙂 Not too shabby. Rounding off its resume, the Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens the world. It was started in 1682 as a medicinal garden.

Roughly 326 years later, I found myself captivated all afternoon. I seemed to profit substantially from the season and got to see an array of autumn colors.

Bridge Over a Canal

Floating Gingko Leaves

Neat eye-shaped patterns in one of the greenhouses

A decaying leaf in the Butterfly Greenhouse

A tree’s large branches dig into the ground

Glasswing Butterfly

Yeouch! And I thought the Devil’s Walking Stick looked treacherous!

Layers of Algae in the Tropical Greenhouse

Canal and buildings from inside the subtropic greenhouse

A twisty tree in the gardens

Changing leaves with an Iron Tree

I found the gardens well worth the 7€ entrance fee. If you are in Amsterdam, I highly recommend a visit.

More pictures of the Amsterdam Botanical Gardens can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Amsterdam, Travel.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Hearts in Nature: Amsterdam Botanical Gardens « TGAW  |  December 1, 2008 at 9:00 am

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  • 2. geekhiker  |  December 1, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve never seen anything quite like that glasswing butterfly. Very, very cool…

  • 3. tgaw  |  December 2, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    @geekhiker – Yeah those things rule! I liked that picture because of the way the background flower was positioned– you could tell that the wings were see-through and not just blue.

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