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Spring fields E-mail
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KeukenhofIn March, April and May all bulb fields near the coast of Holland are in full bloom. First the Narcissus, then the Hyacinths and Tulips. There are several walking, cycling and car routes throughout the area.

Nowhere else are the colours of spring as glorious as at the flower park ‘Keukenhof ’ in Lisse. Here you can find endless inspiration while you relax in the beautiful surroundings of the park. Keukenhof offers you the opportunity to see millions of bulbs in flower, fantastic flower shows and the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands.

Enjoy the spring!

 
Hortus Botanicus E-mail
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Hortus BotanicusThe Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world. Today, the Hortus houses more than 4,000 different species of plants, which is about 2% of all plant species growing on Earth. The plants grow in the gardens and greenhouses of Hortus as they occur in nature. Frequently, they are cultivated from seeds that were collected in the field and, thus, definitely belong to the pure natural form of the species. By cultivating and propagating these plants, the Hortus contributes to the conservation of the species and acts as a gene bank.

The Hortus is located in the Plantage district on the edge of the hectic center of Amsterdam. Behind the 300-year-old gates, however, the bustle of the city seems to disappear.

Originally, the Hortus was a medicinal herb garden, founded in 1638 by the Amsterdam City Council. At that time, herbs were of vital importance as the basis of medicines and the city had just experienced a plague epidemic. Doctors and pharmacists trained in the preparation of prescriptions at the Hortus.

Thanks to the ships of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC), the Hortus expanded quickly in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The VOC ships brought not only herbs and spices, but also exotic ornamental plants. In fact, a few of the Hortus' 'crown jewels' date from that time, e.g. the 300-yearold Eastern Cape giant cycad.

Café the Orangery is located in the middle of this living museum and possesses one of the most beautiful outdoor cafés in Amsterdam. After an extensive renovation, it reopened late in 2003. Now, in addition to it’s function as a café, the Orangery rents two assembly rooms for exclusive parties and meetings.

Hortus Botanicus
Amsterdam
Plantage Middenlaan 2 A
+31 20 6259021
http://www.dehortus.nl

 
Dutch balconies E-mail
Dutch Flowers

Dutch BalconiesIn the Netherlands, you are allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants per households for personal use. Come springtime, many Amsterdammers find inventive ways for cultivating various plants in their limited space. Herbs, along with other colourful flowers and plants make for a unique, sweet smelling sight! Keep your eye out for them on your walks through the City. Amsterdammers effectively use.

Plants on BalconyThe limited space on their balconies through cultivating plants that grow upward and downward, mounting wall shelves, hanging up pots and utilizing trellises against a wall. Situating those plants that are smaller in front of taller ones, Cannabis plants usually end up in the last row as they can grow quite tall, and usually need a bit of shelter from view from the street.

The position of the balcony garden to the points on the compass is of major importance. If the balcony is facing north and east, there will not be as much sun as when it faces south and west resulting in much smaller plants and flowers. You can make a balcony garden come alive with plants in all colours, shapes, and sizes. However, one has to be sure plant combinations are compatible. E.g., Cannabis, tomatoes and basil go well together as they have the same need for light, water, and feeding.

 


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