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The Hortus botanicus Leiden will be closed on 3 January 2018 due to heavy storm. The gardens and tropical glasshouses will be closed for the public. If you decide to come anyway, the café and shop will be open until 4 p.m.Read more
Grand Café Clusius will be closed on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November due to technical activities in the restaurant. We would advise you to reserve for lunch in the nearby cafés around the Hortus like Pakhuis, Barrera, De Vrind or Babbels.Read more
A new plant species was named after Paul Kessler, prefect of the Leiden Hortus botanicus. Kessler discovered the small tree, which is related to the kiwifruit, himself.Read more
A high-ranking delegation from China visited Leiden on 6 November. The party of some 25 Chinese officials from the CPPCC – a Chinese advisory body comparable with the Dutch Senate - visited the Leiden Observatory, the Hortus botanicus and the Asian Library.Read more
BigPicnic brings together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help tackle the global challenge of food security. Botanic gardens, with help from other Partners, are co-creating exhibitions and participatory events with people from all walks of life, to generate dialogue and build greater understanding of food security.
Deep in the Amazonian rainforest grew a solitary tree. From its bark flowed a milky white sap that changed the world: rubber. It was Sir Henry Alexander Wickham (1846-1928) who was commissioned by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew to smuggle seeds from the rubber-bearing tree out of Brazil and bring them to London. From Kew Gardens seedlings were dispatched to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and Malaya (Malaysia) thus bringing an end to the Brazilian monopoly on rubber production. During this lecture author and explorer Redmond O’Hanlon will talk about the treacherous journey Henry Wickham undertook to obtain rubber seeds of the Hevea brasiliensis.
Time: 19.30 – 20.30
Redmond O’Hanlon is British author, explorer and documentary maker
Following this presentation another presentation will be given in Dutch about crownjewels in the beginning years of botany as science.
In the weekend of 9 and 10 September 2017, 33 Leiden monuments open their doors to the public. This is a unique opportunity to visit old buildings rich with history, ancient homes and university buildings. In many monuments there are small exhibitions and performances by Leiden choirs. This year’s theme is Farmers, Citizens and Countrymen; the monuments you can visit have traditionally been places where people of all ranks and positions meet, both inside and outside the city.
You can start with a coffee at the Hortus botanicus Leiden at 10 or finish at our place and buy some bulbs!
Next Thursday 1500 international students will visit the Hortus on behalf of the Orientation Week Leiden. Students can enter and leave the Hortus botanicus Leiden via the Sterrenwachtlaan (bridge). Bicycles can be parked at Plexus. The main entrance is open for individual visitors.Read more
Japanese biology student Izai Kikuchi is specialised in orchids. This evening he shows you beautiful and special specimens, with extra focus on the orchids from Indonesia. English language. Fully booked.Read more