Hortus Botanicus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The Hortus Botanicus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (often abbreviated to VU-Hortus) is a botanical garden belonging to Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was established in 1967 for the purpose of education and research for the Biology faculty. It is situated behind the Academic Hospital of the Amsterdam. It includes a garden area of about 1 ha of which about 1000 m2 is occupied by glass-houses. Since 1988, the Hortus no longer has an educational function, but the property is still owned by the university which continues to support it.
The collection includes about 10,000 species, such as varieties of hardy ferns, cacti and succulents. These is also a collection of carnivorous plants and orchids. The garden also accommodates a collection of trees and shrubs, tub plants, etc.
There is international collaboration with over 500 Botanical gardens and numerous Biblical plant gardens worldwide.
The Hortus's existence was threatened in 2009, when plans for an expansion of the university hospital called for it to be removed. In 2010, after widespread popular protest, the VU announced the Hortus could remain.