The different building were designed to accomodate collections and offer a place for scientists to study, develop and preserve the living collections house in the garden. The scientific community working in the botanical garden and collaborators from other departments at the University of Leiden, dedicate time an efforst to work in cooperation with other institutions in the identification and preservation of endangered species.
This botanical garden was the one to first cultivate tulips in The Netherlands. Clusius introduced the first bulbs in late XVI century, which led later to the the Tulip mania, what was to become almost an obsession for the Dutch people, and source of many successful business.
The visit was in early January, whe it is generally possible to enjoy the winter seasonal planting. But this winter being particularly mild in Europe, until the third week of January when a polar wave has been beating almost all records of low temperatures in many countries, the botanical looked more like in fall season than in usual Dutch cold winter. Neverthless, the nakeness of many not perennial plants helped to discover the design of the different sections of the gardens, which can be appreciated in the images illustrating the post.
The images here are offering general views and details of plants, trees and garden's sections.
General plan of the garden,
Entrance by the canal, wih the WInter Garden in the background,
Mixed of winter plants, among some helleborus at the entrace as a welcome to visitors
Outdoors welcome area with seats and decorated with aromatiques and herbs,
The laburnum anagyroides is to believed being planted in this same spot in 1601, adorned here with helleborus,
A view from the Winter Garden of the Clusius Garden, with medicinal plants and herbs,
The Victoria greenhouse on the left in the image, houses tropical plants,
The Oragenry has a large collection of sub-tropical plants that are housed inside from October until April, and them relocated outside weather permitting,
Small greenhouses are set in between sections,
Some parterres for the bulbs collections, some crocus were starting to bloom,
A view to the Herbs Garden,
The Fern Garden, with a ornamental pond and bridges offer seats to enjoy the view,
The first snowdrops in early January!
The observatory in the background,
Helleborus and cornus,
The systematic garden is planted in a area that runs parallel to the street outside the garden, here there are beds with plants arranged as C. Linnaeus's botanical taxonomy,
Panels offer descriptions of every planting,
An cozy area for warmer weather,
These signals were spread over all the agrden showing the route of the visit (also explained in brochures from the reception desk), they were discret in size and did not disturb too much the aesthetic of the gardens,
One of the interesting areas and very visited, is the Japanese Garden or the Von Siebold Garden, German physician, researcher and collector, who spent many years in Japan. After retourning to Europe and troubled times, he settled in Leiden with most part of his collections that were teh beginnings of several museums and research departments. He introduced many plants to Europe, among them the hosta, the hydrangea or the wisteria,
Statue of Von Siebold with hydrangeas,
The Japanese pavillion in the Siebold Garden,
General view of the Rosarium, or Rose Garden,
Ornamentals by a pond,
Here, I am taking some images trying to capture the bare beauty of the Laburnum at the entrance in frontt of the Clusius Garden,
The entrace/exit from the side of the Academy Building of the University of Leiden,