Hortus Botanicus

It's been nearly two months since my Amsterdam trip and I've only just got round to editing my photos. I know, terrible! With our long weekend to Oslo creeping up on us, I gave myself a metaphorical kick up the bum this week and finally downloaded the photos onto my laptop with the intention of sharing Amsterdam before we head to Norway. 

I didn't actually take that many photographs during our trip, mainly because my hands were bundled up in gloves the whole time and I've grown a little weary of dragging my DSLR everywhere with me. The one occasion when my camera was firmly in my hands (and my gloves, scarf, coat and jumper all got peeled off) was during our visit to Amsterdam's botanical gardens, Hortus Botanicus.

Thanks to Haarkon, I've developed a bit of an obsession with plants over the past couple of years; an obsession that extends out of my home to visiting greenhouses and botanical gardens around the world to soak up the sights of huge luscious green botanicals that I have no chance of growing for myself. Amsterdam's botanical gardens is one of the oldest in the world, and includes a huge hothouse with three different tropical climates, as well as a palm house and a butterfly house. To date, it's my favourite botanical gardens that I have visited.

The palm house and butterfly greenhouse are definitely worth investigating; the former ancient and grand, filled with towering plants and the latter small and humid, containing cute little pineapple plants as well as colourful butterflies. But the real magic of the gardens is the newest addition to the glasshouses, the three-climate hothouse.

Representing the desert, the tropics and the sub-tropics, each room contains its own micro-climate and enviable plant collection. A treetop walk in the sub-tropical zone brings you up close and personal with the plants, whilst the coral-hued walls of the desert room contrast beautifully with the collection of cacti (causing me to determine that this must be where @plantsonpink was inspired).

I started this post with the intention of sharing pictures rather than words, so I'll stop rambling and let you scroll through a selection of the photographs that I took during our visit ... 

All images my own