Hortus Botanicus : An Urban Jungle


Wild entanglement,  Just like human beings, each plant has its own story.

Amsterdam has one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world called Hortus Botanicus. It was established in 1638 by the city municipality as Hortus Medicus, a herb garden with medical plants for Amsterdam doctors and pharmacists. The reasons for establishing a specialized medical garden were very serious: at that time the cities of Leiden and Utrecht experienced the plague epidemic (1634-1637) with thousands of victims. Additionally, several monasteries moved out of the quickly growing city and there was not enough space in Amsterdam to plant herbs.

Do you have the mind of a Green Traveller?


Lost in Plantation

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Although it is rather small nevertheless it offers you an excellent collection of different plants. It is a perfect place for everyone who wants to feel and experience the nature in the middle of the bustle Amsterdam.

Do you want to be lost in the world of Plants?

The Botanical garden is home to one of the oldest potted plants in the Western world – the “Eastern Cape Giant Cycad”. This plant was brought to the Netherlands more than three centuries ago.You can also see an example of the tallest tree species in the World – the Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is impressive not just because of its height, but also because of the reddish bark.

Reach the skies!

The botanical garden in Amsterdam has some amazing plant highlights for its visitors: the Victoria water-lily, is a giant water-lily that flowers at night and only for two consecutive nights – the first night it is a white flower, the second night it’s a pink flower and then it closes and disappears under the water surface. The magic of nature! Another highlight is the Quiver tree, a tree-like aloe species from southern Africa as well as the Wood’s cycad, a dinosaur among the plants that is considered as an ancestor of flowering plants.

A beautiful Urban Jungle in the heart of Amsterdam

Every Sunday there is a free tour at the Amsterdam botanical garden at 14.00 (2 pm). Reservations are not necessary, just find your guide under the large oak tree near the entrance.Every Sunday in July and August the Amsterdam botanical garden is open till 19.00 (7 pm) and Dutch jazz artists play live music on the outdoor terrace.

If you plan to visit Amsterdam, make sure you drop a visit to this amazing Botanical garden & get lost in the myriad of greens & serene beautiful nature. If you want to learn more about Hortus Botanicus tourist information & timings, you can check it Here.


This post is my Day 6 Entry  in response for 7-Days Nature Photo Challenge which I was nominated by Stella of  Blog SimpleDimple . Stella  has always been bubbly &, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to  know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to nominate Amie of Becoming a Wild Family on this Nature photo challenge  my gorgeous Blogger friend, Yes, she is still rockin’ in her Blog entries even she has 4 amazing cuties tagged along in her wild adventures.

She is one of the Expat Bloggers that I met here that really shares her bubbly adventures about raising her kids out into the wild nature. What I admire about her is that She is a nature enthusiast  and homeschooling her children .

All these made Amie my perfect choice for  this challenge.

She is passionate about getting her little family get into nature as much as possible. She is a very hands-on mother &  instilling core values into her children relentlessly.Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page for inspiration. and would recommend for you to give time to check her awesome Blog.

To Amie, I know your hands are full &  time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.


6 thoughts on “Hortus Botanicus : An Urban Jungle

  1. Thank you so much Amie…I can’t wait to have a glimpse of the wonderful nature in your side.
    Hope you feel encouraged same as I am since its both close to our hearts.
    Happy writing 🙂

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  2. Strange- it’s so close and yet Amsterdam is a city I have always wanted to but never visited. 🙂 If I did I might not have found the botanical garden, though it would surely interest my husband, so thanks for sharing.

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