Botanic Garden Meise, Meise

#3 of 10 in Parks in Flemish Brabant Province
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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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  • A most charming medical garden, with lots of plants and names thereon, and peace in the middle of a busy city  more »
  • Playing second fiddle to the Royal Greenhouses must be annoying, but Meise, only 5km north of Laeken, is a real treat and well worth a visit. You need to have a car as public transport won't help you ...  more »
  • They seem to go on and on. Great place to enjoy the outdoors and see a gorgeous variety of plants and some animals. Very easy to get to. Über ride to it is around €15. Definitely worth the visit.  more »
  • Wonderful for a peaceful sunny afternoon walk. Only €3.5 for students so didn't hesitate. We were in there for like 3-4hrs. Everything feels very natural. Not like enormously artificial.
  • Nice place to go for a walk and have something to eat. Entrance ticket is approximately 7euros . In few instances found that the park management could take better care of the place. It is a good value for money though.
  • Excellent place to relax! The park is really cozy, and the green house is extremely beautiful, as well as interesting! It has vegetation zone rooms, such as tropical and subtropical rainforests, as well as monsun and savanna! Shame that some of the rooms are under construction. Café in the park is a good place to end the day.
  • Not quite Kew Gardens but none the less, a very enjoyable few hours for a very reasonable price.
  • Nice for walk in the nature, need few hours to explore it. 7 Euros entrance for adults.