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Hortus Botanicus Leiden

Netherlands - Leiden

Institution Code: L

International Agenda Registration: N
BGCI Member: Y

About the Hortus Botanicus Leiden

The Hortus botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanic garden in the Netherlands, founded in 1590. Its first plant list and plan have been preserved, and a reconstruction of our earliest garden has been laid out in its original place. It has always been part of Leiden University, and is now also a registered museum. It's most important research collection is the Orchid collection, but tropical ferns, cycads, Hoya, Dischidia, Aeschynanthus, myrmecophytes, and hardy ferns are also substantial research collections. The collection data are stored in a recently developed Living Collections module of BRAHMS.

Main Address:
Hortus Botanicus Leiden
P.O. Box 9500
Rapenburg 73
2300 RA Netherlands

Telephone: + 071-5275144/7249
Fax: + 071 271 273511
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Paul J.A. Keßler
    Curator's Name: Dr. Gerda van Uffelen
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Dr. Gerda van Uffelen
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1590
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Total Area: 3 Hectares
    Latitude: 52.1610
    Longitude: 4.4901
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 110000
    Number of Volunteers: 40

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Largest collections form part of the Dutch National Plant Collection.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
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