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European Exhibition and Exchange 2017 - congress

This year the international carnivorous plants congress will be held in the Hortus Leiden. From 11 – 13 August the Hortus will be all about the strange, interesting and beautiful little plants that have stirred the imagination of men since their discovery in the 18th century. Since the Hortus celebrates the 200-year birthday of the Kebun Raya Bogor, the emphasis will be on Indonesian carnivorous plants.

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Hortus closed for Christmas Holidays

The Hortus botanicus will be closed for the Christmas Holidays, from 24 December until 2 January. On January 3th you are most welcome again to visit the gardens and the greenhouses. In 2017 the Hortus also celebrates the Leiden Asia Year and every visitor will receive a free recipebooklet with recipes from Onno Kleyn. At first these recipes are only in Dutch but you can download an English version here shortly.

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Open heritage days 2016

In the weekend of 10 and 11 September the Hortus will be open for the Heritage Days Leyden. In this weekend the oldest botanical garden in The Netherlands will be freely accessible for everybody. Come and enjoy the beautiful garden, and, of course, the monumental glasshouses and Oranjerie (1744).

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24 August: Lecture Japanese vegetables and cereals

Shantonu Abe Chatterjee from Japan, a student at Wageningen University, is writing a thesis on the manuscripts about Japanese vegetables and cereals in the Von Siebold collection: the ‘Agricultural Encyclopaedia’ written by Seikei Zusetusu (1793), which include 134 botanical plates of Japanese vegetables and cereals.

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