If the sun is shining in Amsterdam go and enjoy the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical garden in the world. Breathe the fragrances and lose yourself with the stunning surrounding.
Originally, the Hortus was a medicinal herb garden, founded in 1638 by the Amsterdam City Council. At that time, herbs were of vital importance as the basis of medicines and the city had just experienced a plague epidemic. Due the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), the Hortus expanded quickly in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
There are more than 4,000 plant species growing in the garden and greenhouses. Start with the Outdoor Garden and its paths flanked with remarkable specimens. Spend some time reading the nomenclature, is worth it.
You will find the Herb Garden, where you can see a number of herb species that were used in the past for education and research by doctors and pharmacists, and also the Semicircle, the first and only systematic garden in The Netherlands in which the plants are categorized according to ‘molecular systematics’.
It will be easy for your eyes to catch the small greenhouse of Butterflies, where Hundreds of tropical butterflies frolic around.
After all this you can choose between the Tree Climates Greenhouse – Desert, Subtropic and Tropical designed by the architects Zwarts and Jansma in 1993, and the Palmhouse filled with palms and the Cycad collection. One exceptional specimen is the 300-year-old Eastern Cape giant cycad (Encephalartos altensteinii).
The Hortus has 9 different species that are considered the Crown Jewels, among them we can find the Victoria Amazonica (Giant Water Lily) and the Quiver Tree (Aloe), both in the photos.
If you are tired of too much information take a minute and chill in the Orangery with a relaxed view to the gardens.
At the end you can’t miss the Shop where you can buy some special gifts or maybe a nice book.
Regarding Accessibility is very easy to get there by tram or walking once is quite near…everything!
It’s open everyday and it’s not expensive.
For those who like green and nature this will be, for sure, theme for a “mooi” afternoon.
For more detailed information visit the interesting website: http://www.dehortus.nl/