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Botanical gardens working together

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a plant conservation charity based in Kew, London, England. It is a membership organisation, founded in 1987, working with 800 botanic gardens in 118 countries, whose combined work forms the world’s largest plant conservation network. Dedicated to plant conservation and environmental education, the charity works to support and promote the activities of its member gardens. Its official stated mission is to “mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and planet.”

On national level the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is an active member of the NVBT (Nederlandse Vereniging van Botanische Tuinen). The NVBT is a collaboration between 25 members, Dutch botanic gardens, arboreta, and zoos, who work together in plant conservation and environmental education. The office of the NVBT works to support and promote the activities of its member gardens.

Museums working together

Over 50 Museums in Amsterdam work together to represents their collective business interests (SAM). The organisation has existed since the eighties but it was formally founded in 1994. The organization contains both private and public museums, all of which are registered as members of the Dutch Museum Association.

They come together in several meeting groups to discuss their interests, enhance their efficiency, and improve their positions. The different meeting groups represents different aspects of the company, like MOAM (the marketing group), EOAM (the education group), and e-OAM (a platform to learn from each other and improve online communication strategies).

Partners in crime

The Hortus is an inspirational place for many.  The stories of our plants, their shapes and colours, and mostly the scientific background, often form a base for new ideas, new products, and fruitful collaborations. The Hortus supports the creative entrepreneurship, often in the role of content creator and botanic expert.

In 2018 Amsterdams famous bakery Patisserie Holtkamp created an exclusive hortus cake, with the Dutch vermouth  Willem’s Wermoed (see below) as main ingredient.

The Jakarta hotel is Amsterdams newest and most sustainable hotel, situated near the Central Station. The Hortus helped with the selection and design of its impressive indoor tropical garden.

The Hortus supports the Econasium, a secondary school in West Amsterdam, with the creation of an in-school greenhouse for educational purposes, and with the development of educational programs for the school to use.

In the summer of 2017, artist and illustrator Joost Stokhof lived and slept for a week in the garden. He received several artists with whom he let himself get inspired by our collection. He drew his experiences out in a diary and made a vinyl album of the music made by the artists.

Willems Wermoed is the first Dutch vermouth, created by Selier Spirits of Paul Selier in Amsterdam. The vermouth contains 24 plant extracts which are inspired by the collection of the Hortus.

In 2015 the Dutch health and beauty company Etos developed the Botanical Boost line. The plant combinations in the different products are developed in collaboration with the Hortus.

Pappabubble is famous for its homemade candy. In 2015 it created its first ‘Hortusmix’ with flavours based on plants of our collection. In 2016, they added a second mix containing honey and coffee.


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