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Hortus botanicus: Leiden

I do a bit of gardening but I’m not sure that I’m a gardener. I tend to think my successes are an accident and I’m never sure what my gardens going to do.

But I’m always open to inspiration.

Hortus botanicus is a lovely place in Leiden, The Netherlands. It’s also included on the Museum card so entry is covered and it’s possible to go as many times as you wish through the year.

I particularly enjoy the chance to get some fresh air, take some photos and be inspired.




In a rare break between downpours we made it there this week.

The veg garden is getting very overgrown and going to seed so I always feel better that our plot is pretty scruffy too right now.



It’s one of those places where there’s lovely walks and paths with interesting buildings and some fantastic trees.



They have a breathtaking arial walkway with a huge collection of these carnivorous plants too.

I’m glad to see they also value purple kale as a decorative plant!



18 comments on “Hortus botanicus: Leiden

  1. AnnetteM
    August 30, 2014

    That looks a great place. I always hunt out botanical gardens when I am abroad, but have never been to that one.


  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome update and thank you Liz for sharing have a blessed day


  3. John Coleman
    August 30, 2014

    Lovely photographs–little breezes of peace. Thanks and peace, John


  4. Ellen Hawley
    August 30, 2014



  5. silverbells2012
    August 30, 2014

    Purple kale is indeed decorative! Great to have such a card 🙂


  6. mjh333
    August 31, 2014

    Beautiful !


  7. Emma Sarah Tennant
    September 1, 2014

    What beautiful photographs. You really captured the colours of summer and autumn combined.


  8. Rambling Woods
    September 1, 2014

    Ps…. You are a gardener…. Shhhhhhhhh


  9. expatlingo
    September 3, 2014

    I just purchased a Museum Kart this weekend! Another pretty spot to add to the list.


    • lizard100
      September 3, 2014

      Hortus is really lovely. The card is excellent. Six museums and you’ve covered the cost.


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