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We slowly say goodbye to the cold of winter. Hortus botanicus Leiden ushers in Spring with a modest exhibition about crocuses, irises and family members. Open from March 1 to May 1. Definitely worth a visit for that ultimate spring feeling.

Fascinating bulbs
Walk along the bulb glasshouse, where all kinds of rare bulbous plants are enjoying the first rays of sunshine. Haven’t seen enough yet? Then take a look at the bulb beds or have a sniff of the fragrant bulbs that our gardeners have especially planted in numerous wheelbarrows and flower pots.

New informative signs
Did you know that saffron, a precious spice, comes from the pistils of a crocus: Crocus sativus? And that the first director of the Hortus in Leiden, Carolus Clusius (1526-1609), before he actually started working as a director in 1594, sent a package with more than 250 seeds and bulbs for the newly to be established Hortus? Those seeds and bulbs were mainly from the island of Crete. On the list with that shipment were one species of yellow crocus and several irises. Discover even more interesting facts on the new informative signs that have been compiled for this exhibition only.

Geophyte walking guide
Find your way through the garden by using the Geophyte walking guide. The tulip, hyacinth and daffodil, they are all part of our geophyte and crown jewel collection. The guide will take you to the Clusius garden, the bulb garden, past the bulb glasshouse and Observatory garden. Discover the variety of special bulbous plants and their origin. Ask for the guide at the entrance and it’ll be given to you for free.

From April 1: adjusted entrance fees and opening times
Regular entrance fees apply for this exhibition. Please note: from April 1, Hortus botanicus Leiden will apply an adjusted entrance fee. Moreover, with spring and summer ahead, we’ll open our glasshouses and gardens for two more extra hours. That means that from April 1, we’re open until 6 pm. Additional visitor's information can be found here.

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