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Hortus by Night 2022

Hortus by Night

Image: David Hup


The Hortus celebrates the winter with extended opening hours: welcome to ‘Hortus by Night’!

Put on your thick sweater and discover the botanical garden at night. The Hortus creates a cozy winter atmosphere with thousands of glittering lights in the garden. We look forward to seeing you in our wintry garden for a fairylike evening walk, an exciting story by the campfire or an exhibition that will trigger all your senses!


Hortus by Night evenings are on:

December 19th to 23rd, December 27th to 30th and January 2nd to 8th, until 10:00 PM.



The Plant is Present: why humans and plants are alike

During Hortus by Night you literally step into the world of plants with this exhibition of Otherwise Collective. This is a collective of interdisciplinary artists with one mission: they want to bridge the gap between art, science and technology in order to visualize man’s relationship with the world around us. With their installation ‘The Plant is Present’ they show an interactive performance in which plants and people are equal protagonists. With your entrance ticket you also visit The Plant is Present installation for free.

On Thursday 22 December you can go to the Palmhouse for a real meet the makers: we’ll be having a talk with the artists of Otherwise Collective. What exactly moves them and what do they want to communicate with ‘The Plant is Present’?

Start is at 19:30, this ticket does not include entrance to our garden.



Abe the Storyteller: fairytales by the campfire

For the children there is an exciting storyteller by the fire on Wednesday evenings. Come and listen to fantastic tales, sagas and myths – with some tasty marshmallows within reach! Abe has been a storyteller for over twenty years. He tells his stories as if he were there himself. During Hortus by Night you can come and listen every Wednesday, from 17:00 to 18:00.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 12 (and for parents too!). Tickets do not include entrance.


Themed tours: evening excursions in the Hortus

Discover winter life in the Amsterdam Hortus! What plants can you see in the dark? With a tour guide you walk through the garden and the greenhouses and you’ll experience the special atmosphere of a wintry garden.

You can reserve a spot every Tuesday and Friday. Tickets for the guided tours do not include entrance.


Hortus-café: spiced wine, hot chocolate and dinner

The Hortus-café is a lovely place to visit during Hortus by Night! Special attention is paid to festive food. Think pies, quiches, cheese plates or, for those with a sweet tooth, delicious tartelettes with pumpkin or stewed pear. Plenty of choice! There’s heartwarming spiced wine or hot chocolate available outside by the campfire. After a guided tour or a visit to the ‘Plant is Present’ exhibition, drop by for an evening of dinner with friends or family. Your cozy winter evening is complete in the Hortus.

Reservations in the Hortus-café are possible from 6 persons up. You can do this by sending an email to

Image: David Hup