Botanical gardens are one of my favorite things. Look at me being all grown-up! 😉 Not kidding though, I find great pleasure in walking through gardens and green houses filled with beautiful plants, ferns, succulents and cacti. Especially the latter are the best, I can’t help but love these stingy creatures.
When I recently posted on Instagram about my #crazycactuslady habits my friend Tessa told me we had to visit the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden. She got me at ‘cactus heaven’ and on a super cold Friday in February (minus three!) we headed to Leiden for plants, coffee and cake.
The Hortus Botanicus in Leiden is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands, with the oldest section dating back to 1590. Of course everything has been renovated through the years, but walking around you can feel the grandeur of the years past that old botanical gardens capture so well.
The old greenhouse, or ‘Cactus Heaven’ as I’d like to call it is a stunning, multiple floors high greenhouse looking. Serious home-goals here! The greenhouse was filled with the plants that couldn’t stand the cold outside, which made it a true jungle.
Next to the cold greenhouse there’s also a tropical one where it’s nice and warm. We catched a couple posing for wedding pictures in there, and I can imagine why they’d chosen that exact spot, so beautiful and green.
When we walked outside we were greeted by a very peculiar – and quite fluffy – guide. A cute black and white cat greeted us and showed us around, taking quick stops to lick the snow from its paws. If I were a cat I’d definitely chill in the Hortus too, the gardens are stunning and filled with old trees.
All in all I can definitely recommend a trip to the gardens in Leiden! The place is very well kept, has a cute cafe where you can get a cup of tea, and is very photogenic for the Instagrammers among us. I’ll definitely go back sometime during the other seasons, I can only imagine how gorgeous the garden must be during spring.