The first tulip bulbs were brought to Holland in 1593 by the botanist Carolus Clusius, who planted them at the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden. Tulips soon became highly popular, especially among the aristocracy. The Hortus is near the Weddesteeg, the small street where Rembrandt was born. This garden was established by students and professors of the University of Leiden in 1590. Researchers grew tropical trees and plants such as banana plants, ferns, and flesh-eating plants in greenhouses. Many of the old specimens are still thriving today. The original garden has been reconstructed in the Clusius Garden. There's a minimalist Japanese garden.
Hortus Botanicus der Rijksuniversiteit (University Botanical Garden)
Rapenburg 73, Leiden, The Netherlands
Our Rating Hours Apr-Oct daily 10am-6pm; Nov-Mar Tues–Sun 10am-4pm Phone 071/527-7249 Prices Admission 8€adults, 3.50€ children 4-12, free for children 3 and under Web site Hortus Botanicus der Rijksuniversiteit (University Botanical Garden)
MapRapenburg 73 Leiden The Netherlands Leiden
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