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1 January - 31 December
2019 Plants and health

The year 2019  wil be focused on plants and health in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

Plants are essential for life on earth, plants are essential for our health. As food, but also as medicines, plants offer us valuable substances.
In the 17th century, medicinal herbs were vital to the city’s health care. The Hortus was founded in 1638 as a medicinal herb garden ‘Hortus Medicus’. To this day medicinal plants still make a large part of our plant collection. Active substances in medicinal plants have various positive effects on the body.

But it’s not only these substances that affect us;
Plants and trees in the neighborhood, especially in the city, contribute enormously to a healthy environment. Just think of air-purifying trees in your street or houseplants in your living room.

A green environment has a soothing effect. A forest walk can have a stress-reducing effect.
Since October 2018, physicians in Scotland have been able to prescribe ‘nature visits’ as medicine. It is no coincidence that the ancient Japanese forest baths receive more and more attention.

This year, we put our  healthy plants in the well deserved spotlight!
From April to September you can visit the exhibition ‘Plant power’ on the active substances in plants. During the year there are various workshops, lectures and other activities in the theme plants and health.