De Orchideeën Hoeve
34 Oosterringweg, Luttelgeest, Netherlands
www.orchideeenhoeve.com - 0527 202 875
De Orchideeën Hoeve Luttelgeest Reviews
Butterflies in your stomach Apr 19, 2009
Although it is called “the orchid homestead, a tropical paradise”, it’s not only orchids that are on display here. The orchid homestead is also home to many different species of butterflies, various tropical plants, Koi carp and a few reptiles. All of which deserve a closer inspection.
Finding the homestead, which is in fact a glasshouse of reasonable size, is not an easy task. It is well hidden in the Dutch province Flevoland, and not along a highway or much travelled road either. However, for Dutch people and tourists alike, it is well worth going off the beaten track, in search of this magnificent tropical paradise.
Unique about this place is that it shows orchids as they grow in the wild, by creating many micro eco systems. Each orchid has its own personal favourite tree or stem to grow on, temperature and humidity requirements and here they did a marvellous job recreating just that.
Along with the countless rare orchid species comes an array of butterflies. Although the owners have put little plastic feeding tables filled with nectar in the greenhouse, it is watching the butterflies restlessly fluttering from flower to flower that makes it truly special.
The greenhouse has many useful facilities like a restaurant, toilets and shop, all in good shape. Also, there’s a wonderful garden outside for more hardened (Dutch winters can be harsh at times) plants, trees and shrubs. In summer the garden attracts many ‘wild’ insects.
Other important bits of info:
Opened year round, Monday to Saturday 09:00-18:00, Sundays and National Holidays 11:00-18:00. Admission fee a reasonable 9,50 euro, wheelchair accessible. Don’t forget to let your camera acclimatise after entering the greenhouse. The humid environment is killing for the electronics. If your camera has warmed up sufficiently, you can only try to restrain your clicking finger. I’ve spent perhaps three or four hours in here, and walked away with no less than 587 shots :D
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