The green laboratory. One hundred years at the Botanic Garden TU Delft

In 2017 the Botanic Garden TU Delft celebrated its 100th jubilee. On this occasion a book was published about the fascinating history of this small, but impressive garden.


Technische Universiteit Delft


I would like to express my enthousiasm about the novel book of Trudy van der Wees with the title The Green Laboratory. This is an outstanding work of research and collection of documents of the history of the Delft University Botanic Garden. Some of the gained historic contributions are based on novel observations and gained by an indept study of archives, like the newspaper article about Queen Wilhelmina, to trace the actual date of the start of the Culture Garden in Delft, the precursor of the Botanic Garden TU Delft. Also the information on the famous collection of Dirk Outgaerts Cluyt, who introduced the tulip bulbs among other bulbs in the Netherlands. Due to her findings we know that this fact doesn’t belong to Clusius as genereal mentioned so far. These two examples emphazise her great dedication to this book and her expertise. The Green Laboratory is as easy reading document full of general unknown aspects and history of Dutch early industrial development. A recommendation to all and with deep gratitude to the author, Trudy van der Wees.

Bob Ursem, Scientific director Botannic Garden Delft University of Technology