The gardens originated when the Amsterdam city council founded a medicinal herb garden to provide plants to treat ' the plague ' in 1638. The herb garden is still there separated into sections by a semicircle of hedge bordered beds.
This is one of the most unusual and beautiful butterflies we saw in the 'Vlinderkas' ( Butterfly House ). Notice how its wings are transparent! There are some other climate controlled greenhouses. One contained a Mexican cacti garden and another had three climates under the one roof. We even spotted some Australian plants - an odd sight for us on the other side of the world! The Palm House was somewhat unsuccessful ( the plants were struggling ). Again, quite laughable when we see so many of these growing well at home.
A bumble bee gathers nectar from a foxglove. These seem gigantic compared to Australian bees. One of my favourite things about travelling is seeing unusual plants without knowing what they're called or anything about them so I can appreciate them on a purely visual level. I again enlisted my husband's photographic skills to capture these plants.
Please feel free to identify any of these for me - I'd be very interested. I got the information for this post from a brochure we received on arrival to the gardens. Also have a look at their website.