Hortus Botanicus – Amsterdam

We recently spent a wonderful day at the Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden) in Amsterdam. What made it even more special is that there are bees there! The garden has a small apiary right along a canal, with several bee hives, and a volunteer beekeeper oversees the hives.

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The apiary at Hortus Botanicus

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Another view of the apiary at Hortus, located on a canal

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A caution sign at the apiary

Honey collected from the hives is sold in the gift shop.

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In addition to the bees, Hortus has a palm house, an enchanting butterfly house and several newer greenhouses with a variety of climates.

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Hortus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It was founded in 1638, and is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Amsterdam.