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Urgent action campaign to save a Dutch botanical garden.
Posted by Freek Vrugtman, Curator Emeritus, Royal Botanical Gardens,
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The Botanical Garden of the Vrije Universiteit (Free University)
of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is slated to be closed, giving
way to an expansion of the Universitys Medical Centre.
We urgently request your action to prevent this from happening.
The Hortus Botanicus, founded in 1967, covers one hectare
(2.5 acres), including 1,000 sq m (about 10,800 sq ft) of greenhouses
providing a range of climatic conditions. The collections exceed
6,000 taxa, including epiphytic orchids and bromeliads, the largest
collection of cacti in the Netherlands with some plants being
more than a century old, a bamboo collection, plants of the
bible and plants of other religions, a penjing garden and a bonsai
collection, container plants that are 60 to 80 years old, plants
that take 30 years to produce their first flowers, a wide range
of economic plants, to name but a few. Certain collections are
part of the Dutch National Plant Collection, an organization
comprising 18 participating botanical gardens in The Netherlands.
The Hortus is an official repository for plants confiscated
under the provisions of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The Hortus is an active participant in the international seed
The Hortus has an active educational programme.
The Hortus also provides a green oasis for patients of the
University Medical Centre and the campus population.
For more information about the Hortus Botanicus see its web
Please express your concern to:
Dr René M. Smit, Chairman
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Fax: (011 31) 20 59 85300