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Category: Botanical gardens, Local time: 09:52:26, Address: Kerklaan 36A, 9751 Haren, Netherlands, Tel.: +31 50 537 0053, Official WWW website:

Hortus Haren is the name of the biggest botanical gardens in the . It is situated in the northern part of the country, in the city of Haren- the suburb of Groningen. Hortus Haren was founded in 1626 by the pharmacist Henricus Munting. However, the original botanical gardens did not survive. The oldest plants are younger than 100 years.

The biggest botanical gardens in the Netherlands

Nowadays, the botanical gardens Hortus Haren occupy the area of 21 hectares. The most impressive part of the gardens is called “Het verborgen rijk van Ming“, in translation “The hidden empire of the Ming dynasty“. It is a Chinese garden that is an authentic re-creation of the garden of a prominent Chinese clerk, Feng Shui, who lived in the 16th century. An exact copy was made in China and afterwards divided into pieces and transported to the Netherlands. It was opened for the public in 1995.

The biggest rock in the Netherlands

The botanical gardens Hortus Haren also include the biggest rock in the Netherlands. It towers right behind the Chinese garden mentioned before. The installation of the rock was quite expensive. Rocks from Germany had to be transported into flat and sandy terrain. Hortus Haren offers an “exposition” of a classic English garden. Another attraction is, for example, the utility garden that introduces weed species that home to many species of insect. The reason is to prove that these plants also have their meaning in garden.

Celtic Garden

Another highlight of the gardens is the Celtic Garden where you will find a Celtic calendar with the typical woody plants. There are also big greenhouses in the Hortus Haren with the traditional expositions, a special section dedicated to the Dutch flora and many other interesting exhibitions.

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Exterior exhibitions are separated with maintained hedge-rows. The garden is opened daily from 9: 30 am to 5 pm. The greenhouses close at 16:45.

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GPS: 53.1812, 6.601
Altitude: 5 m
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Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:38:55 PM

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