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Wednesday evening programming

This summer on Wednesday evenings, from 18.00-21.00, you can enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Hortus at dusk and join green and healthy activities. Most of the activities are in Dutch, but that doesn't mean you can't join. You'll find all the activities listed on this page, as well as a form to sign up. The activities are all free, but purchasing a ticket to enter the garden is required. You can also use your Museumcard or your Hortus Friend card to enter the garden.

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Dish of the Day at the Hortus Grand Café

In June, July and August in the Hortus open on Wednesday evenings until 21:00. The Hortus Grand Café stays open until 20:00 and serves a dish of the day in addition to dishes from the menu. We recommend that you reserve a table one day in advance. Below you will find an overview of all upcoming specials.

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‘Amaryllis and relatives’ on display

As of 28 February 2021 at the Hortus botanicus Leiden: the spring exhibition 'Amaryllis and relatives'. 

Please note: the Hortus is closed at least until May 26 2021. The exhibition takes place outside of the paid area and online.

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Wearing a mask in indoor areas is advised

In accordance with policy of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Hortus recommends wearing a mask in our indoor areas (Winter garden, café and Tropical greenhouse). Customers that make use of the Orangery are advised to only remove the mask as soon as they actually take a seat for the party / event / meeting.

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Small exhibition Fritillaria from 1 March

The genus Fritillaria L. (Liliaceae) has around 140 species, all of which occur in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. More than half of those species are protected and are in danger of becoming extinct, mainly due to changes in the area where they occur and through use for medicinal purposes or as an ornamental plant. In collaboration with the Botanical Garden of the University of Warsaw, the Hortus shows a number of information panels about this genus. Extra Fritillaria native are also planted in the garden, and some Fritillaria will be blooming in the Bulb glasshouse. Do not expect a massive bloom, but you will be able to make beautiful pictures and see a few jewels of flowers.

Photo: University of Warsaw, Krystyna Jędrzejewska-Szmek

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Hortus closed during holidays

From Monday December 23 up to and including Wednesday January 1 Hortus botanicus is closed. From Thursday January 2 onwards, from 10 o'clock in the morning, you're welcome to visit our gardens and glasshouses once again. We wish you a warm holiday season.

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Tulip named after Gerda van Uffelen

On December 9, our colleague Gerda van Uffelen officially retired from her position as Head of Collections. She worked at the Hortus for no less than 26 years! We celebrated Gerda and her many years here with a goodbye lunch. There she was presented with a tulip that’s named after her: Tulipa ‘Gerda’, a beautiful reddish pink fringed tulip.

Alongside her colleagues and volunteers, taxonomist and librarian for the Royal General Flower Bulb Association (KAVB) and owner of the KTK tulip association Christian Kolk were also present during the unveiling of the tulip. They’re responsible for naming new tulip varieties.

Incidentally, making a new tulip variety is a lengthy process for which patience is needed. Two different tulip varieties are crossbred, and seed will form in the pistil. Every single seed is a new tulip, but they have to be replanted every year for a couple years for the bulbs to grow large enough, until colored flowers start to appear. So Tulipa ‘Gerda’ has been a long time coming! If everything works out the way we want it, the bulbs will be available for purchase in our Hortus shop by next year.

Luckily her retirement lunch wasn’t really goodbye, because Gerda will continue working for the Hortus as a visiting staff member.

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