Botanic Garden Meise, Meise

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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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  • Interesting tour of the greenhouses and the Park. The whole is quite dated but being restored, it lasts long enough and gives the impression of a permanent construction site... The collections are beautiful and well maintained.
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  • The scenery on the road inside the Park is quite nice, but the internal area of the Botanical Garden was a bit unkempt, unfortunately. Pay ticket to enter.
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  • Beautiful place which is very well maintained. Many species of trees, shrubs, flowers... Of very large greenhouses where you can see a multitude of different species from various countries. Tropical greenhouses, Mediterranean and other with an exceptional variety of different species. A visit to the four seasons!
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  • Very nice. Big.
  • Coming from Brussels (e.g. Northern railway station, Bockstael station or Underground Station Roi Baudouin Line 6) The recommended service is '250 (Brussel-Impde-Londerzeel-Liezele-Puurs)' and '251 (Brussel-Steenhuffel-Londerzeel-Malderen-Puurs)'. The bus stop 'Meise: Nationale Plantentuin' at the Garden's main gate is facultative (ask the driver to stop at the National Botanic Garden). For time schedules contact 'De Lijn' and keep in mind that the bus stop 'Meise: Nationale Plantentuin' lies between the stops 'Strombeek-Bever: Drijpikkel' and 'Meise: Boechtstraat'. Another possibility are the services '260 (Brussel-Nieuwenrode-Willebroek-Puurs)' and '233 (Brussel-Humbeek)'. The bus stop 'Meise: Private Dreef' is facultative (ask the driver to stop). You should be aware that the nearest entrance is about 1 km from this bus stop and you must cross the A12 motorway by pedestrian bridge. For time schedules contact 'De Lijn' and keep in mind that the bus stop 'Meise: Private Dreef' is between the stops 'Meise: Potaarde' and 'Meise: Dreef'.
  • A very special place. Definitely worth spending an entire afternoon here. There is a lot of stuff to see and photograph.
  • The Plant Palace with its glasshouses is definitely worth a visit. A good souvenir also in the tavern of the Orangery where you can taste its famous Botanic Garden Coffee!
  • The botanical garden is huge and has a castle inside it.
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