Centuries-old trees in Leiden botanical garden

This 15 May 2019 video, in Dutch with English subtitles, is about centuries-old trees in Leiden botanical garden in the Netherlands.


Wildlife crime against plants, video

This 20 Febuary 2019 video from Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden in the Netherlands says about itself:

Wildlife crime fighters, episode 4: Pills

Wildlife crime fighter Barbara Gravendeel studies traditional medicines! At Naturalis Science we help out Schiphol Airport, to monitor what medicines are made of. Spoiler: endangered plants and animals. Learn more in the fourth and last episode of our series regarding wildlife crime.

Botanical garden birds and leaves

Moss, 4 November 2018

On 4 November 2018, we went to the botanical garden in Leiden. Where we saw this moss.

A jay flying.

Six ring-necked parakeets flying.

We went to the Japanese garden part.

Grass, 4 November 2018

Where we saw this grass.

Downy Japanese maple leaves

And these beautiful downy Japanese maple autumn leaves.

Downy Japanese maple, samara fruit, 4 November 2018

Among these leaves, samara fruits.

Downy Japanese maple, samara fruit, on 4 November 2018

As we passed the pond, a grey heron caught a quite big carp.

Leiden botanical garden video

This 27 September 2018 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Autumn has started! In the Netherlands it’s time to plant the flower bulbs in the garden. Ever since the beginning of the Hortus botanicus Leiden we have cultivated unusual species of bulbs. In the olden days the rarer bulbs (like tulips) were grown in a fenced part of the Clusius Garden.

Nowadays our bulb collection has become so extensive and complex that we devoted a new part of the garden to cultivate, and a special glasshouse to display the crown jewels of our bulb collection. Together with researchers of Universiteit Leiden / Leiden University Naturalis Wageningen University & Research we are doing research into the endangered European orchids. Head of glass houses Rogier van Vugt explains why in this video.

Young Rembrandt exhibit in Leiden, the Netherlands

This Dutch 18 May 2018 video says about itself (translated):

Leiden has a new attraction where you can experience the work and life of the young Rembrandt. Exactly at the place where he got his first painting lessons, a special video presentation explains what the Leiden life of the young painter looked like.

With the Young Rembrandt Studio, Leiden is taking a first step towards making Rembrandt more present in the city. The Young Rembrandt Studio on the Langebrug street has only been open for a day and yet a lot of people come to take a look. First you have to walk past the souvenirs, and then you end up in the narrow building at a curtain.

Behind it is the 7-minute video. ‘I really liked it’, says a lady from Amsterdam. Together with friends she visits Leiden. “And without Rembrandt a visit to Leiden is not a real visit”, she says.

However, many tourists do not know that Rembrandt was born in Leiden and his first painting lessons were with history painter Jacob van Swanenburgh. Leiden Marketing has set itself the goal of making young Rembrandt a permanent part of what Leiden has to offer as a tourist city.

Big plans

‘This is one of the first places in the new Rembrandt Trail‘, says Lucien Geelhoed of Leiden Marketing. “And so we are going to develop a number of places, such as the Latin school [where Rembrandt had lessons] but also along the Rapenburg canal and around his birth house.”

No mass tourism

In addition, in 2019 it will be exactly 350 years ago that Rembrandt died in Amsterdam. And that has to bring money to both Amsterdam and Leiden. But Leiden people do not have to be afraid of mass tourism. ‘We are mainly targeting tourists who are interested in art and culture.’ It is the intention that young Rembrandt will get a permanent place in Leiden, so that the tourists will be able to find Leiden after 2019 as well.

This Dutch 17 May 2018 video shows an interview with an actor playing Rembrandt‘s painting teacher Jacob van Swanenburgh at the Young Rembrandt Studio.