Universiteit Leiden

From young visitor to prefect Hortus botanicus

Hortus botanicus

Contribution: Paul Keßler (professor of botanical gardens)

The Hortus botanicus is the part of the university that I personally appreciate most. I was 13 years old when, coming from Germany, I visited this garden for the first time. From that day on, I came back here every year with my ‘foster family’ from De Bilt. At the time, I could not have imagined that I would one day become the prefect of this amazing garden, a garden that will celebrate its 435th anniversary in 2025.

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