We have been to the Amsterdam Botanic Gardens! It was time for a change and something new. And so it was that we found ourselves in front of the Amsterdam Botanic Gardens early Sunday afternoon.
I had done my research and we turned up in time to sit and have coffee before joining a group for a free guided tour! This was our Guide in the process of explaining to us that though the gardens had a full grown fig tree, the fruit would never ripen as they only had one fig tree and it was a girl. (Hint: you need two.)
The gardens began life just as Amsterdam was going through or had just been through the plague, and every man and his dog came to the city in order to sell snake oil. When the authorities took it upon themselves to regulate this trade and make people pass exams, you ended up with a first approximation of a medical university!
This plant has been in the plans of Hortus since 1880. That’s how old this plant is. My mind was a bit blown by this fact. The tree behind it has only been there since 1910.
When the brief overview tour was completed we spent some time doing our own explorations. One of the first places we went to was a tropical green house that was full of butterflies!
There is a huge building which has affectionately been named the “pin-cushion” owing to it’s aesthetics, which houses three different greenhouses.
There’s some good old eucalyptus in one room, a desert room, and a rainforest room. I lost Himself in the desert room for a bit. (He has a fascination.)
I was intrigued with the rainforest room.
The huge leaves take me back to the tropical foliage I feel in love with on our trip to Cairns. The photos just don’t do them justice, and it’s really hard to convey the sense of scale in a photograph!
As we were departing this neat little hot house I did come across one plant without whom I wouldn’t be such a well put together and organised person. Yes, it was a coffee plant. Too young to bear fruit, but one day, I have high hopes for that little plant!
As we exited through the gift shop we came across the selection of plants they had for sale. What else would a botanic garden sell in their gift shop?
It was lovely to be able to see a bee making use of the flowers before they were bought and taken off to somewhere else for other bees to enjoy.