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The summer season in the Hortus has really started. Be welcome and experience the holiday feeling close to home among the tropical greenery. This season there is plenty to do, see and experience with us. What to expect?

Please note: Individual visitors to the Hortus no longer need to book a time slot or sign a health certificate. The walking route continues to apply, 1.5 meters distance continues to apply. Read more about the rules regarding your visit in times of Covid-19. Read more >>


  • Summer exhibition From Columbus to Mayflower - until 26 November 2020
    400 years ago, the ship the Mayflower left Leiden for America. The exhibition From Columbus to Mayflower in the Hortus botanist Leiden tells you more about the American plants that were known in our regions at that time. From corn, tomato, tobacco, pumpkin and sunflower; with the informative walking map you will discover them all. Behind the Garden House, near the Vegetable Garden, you'll see a special little greenhouse that was created by artist Annelies Dijkman. At the end of the season a fairytale-like pumpkin will grow in that same greenhouse. Definitely worth a look! 

  • Small exhibition about common pavement plants
    In the garden there are several tubs containing the most common pavement plants in the Netherlands.

Walking in the Hortus

  • Walking guides
    Complete your visit to the Hortus with one of the walking guides, which are available free of charge at the entrance. Our summer exhibition From Columbus to Mayflower has a special walking guide, but you can also choose to take a walk along our crown jewels, flower bulbs and geophytes or the Von Siebold memorial garden. There's plenty to choose from!

Art and creativity

  • 'Honderdduizend bomen en een bos van draad'
    Come and join the art project by artist Sara Vrugt. Her work of art consists out of one hundred square meters of embroidered fabric and will be made in several pop-up studios. Until 30 August on Thursday through Sunday in the Winter Garden, from 11.00 AM - 13.30 PM and from 14.00 - 16.30 PM. Participation is free of charge, but only on reservation. Already suitable from the age of 12, but under supervision. Read more >

In and around your own home

Of course you can also bring the Hortus to your home this summer: 

  • Webshop Hortus at home
    Looking for a gift, a reminder of your visit to the Hortus botanist Leiden or just want to have a look around? You are in the right place in our online shop. To the shop >


  • Coloring of sidewalk plants
    Hortus employee Nienke Beets made coloring plates of the most common pavement plants. You can use the actual plants as an example to colour but you can also use completely different colours, if that's what you like better. To the coloring pages >>

Eating and drinking

Order a box filled with lunch, snacks and drinks at the Hortus to enjoy in the garden (or at home). This can be done via Whatsapp on +316 48 26 80 14 (up to 48 hours in advance). Of course you are also very welcome in our Hortus Grand Café. Book your table via this page

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