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Every garden is a place of magic. But some gardens feel like Eden.


Greenhouse in the Hortus Botanicus at Leiden, founded in 1590.

I’ve always wanted to see Victoria, the giant water lily from the Amazon. The hortus in Leiden has an amazing collection of plants from around the world, many of them collected by explorers of the Dutch East India Company.


The leaves are perfectly round. The blossoms, when they appear, are pink.


The catwalk above has this huge banana plant, which dwarfs our potted specimen at home. I didn’t know they got this big.

Nothing is more restful than being surrounded by green. Though the collection does include a few carnivorous plants!


A view of the University from the glass house.