Botanic Garden Meise, Meise

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The Botanic Garden Meise is located in the grounds of Bouchout Castle in the town of Meise, just north of Brussels in the province of Flemish Brabant. It is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world with an extensive collection of living plants in addition to a herbarium of over 3 million specimens. The current garden was established in 1958 after it moved from the centre of Brussels; the former site is now the Botanical Garden of Brussels. Researchers at the garden conduct research particularly on Belgian and African plants.The Botanic Garden contains about 18,000 plant species—about 6% of all known plant species of the world. Half are in greenhouses, the other half, including cultivated and indigenous plants, are outdoors. The gardens are grouped around the castle and lake of the Bouchout domain.The mission statement of the Botanic Garden Meise specifies the increasing and spreading "the knowledge of plants" and contributions to "the conservation of biodiversity."The Botanic Garden was property of the Belgian federal government, but after several years of negotiations it was eventually transferred to the Flemish Community effective 1 January 2014. The French Community still has its own employees and representation in the board of directors. The plants, library, etc. remain property of the federal State but given as commodate to the Flemish Community.
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  • I've been living in Belgium all my life, but never visited these gardens. What a magnificient sight it is. I visited in April, so all of the Magnolia trees were abloom. You can hike all you want throu...  more »
  • Placed in the North of Brussels, this botanical garden is a peaceful place to calm down, have a walk, and enjoy the nature  more »
  • This is the ideal place to relax in a healthy way near Brussels. Don't forget to visit the greenhouses which are very interesting. Beautiful walks according to the shape of each. A small train for the disabled. You can receive in the club house. Do not miss the visits of the Castle where there is often exhibitions.
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  • One of the largest plant collections in the world. And if botany isn't your thing, then the 90-hectare park and domain might seduce you for a walk. Or the pancakes, ice cream and waffles of the excellent Orangerie cafetaria
  • A big territory, full of various trees. Take your time to walk and enjoy. Meise Garden is worth to visit!
  • Beauriful quiet park. the little castle in the middle is also worth visiting
  • Relaxing place not far from Brussels. With a unique collection of plants.
  • Huge variety of plants inside and outside but needs more information signs. And needs to put more plants in the spotlight.