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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  • Beautiful greenhouses and a beautiful park, but the 7 euros admission ticket does not seem in line with what is to visit. Don't talk about the very disappointing exhibition in the Castle.
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  • National Botanic Garden of Belgium, located in the commune of Product next to Brussels is the perfect place for all nature lovers, where you can enjoy and spend a whole day if not the half-accurately. The garden is located on the territory of the old feudal estates, its centre-Buhaut Castle (Bouchout), founded in the 12nd century. Truth in 19 century, the castle was rebuilt substantially in accordance with the then "romantic" views on the middle ages, but the main tower (in terms of square donjon) is absolutely authentic, medieval. Castle usually closed to visitors, but it regularly hosts exhibitions, then it can go. You can climb on the roof, offering beautiful views of the garden. The garden itself is very large in area, goes "locomotives". Though I am not a great expert on botany, but walking through the garden, I really liked. For example, it was very interesting to explore the tree Ginkgo, about which I have heard a lot, but to see that so far hasn't. But still, the most interesting is the greenhouse! They are huge and very interesting feature. Part of greenhouses "Gallery of evolution", where you can get acquainted with the history of the development of life on Earth, simply moving from room to room. But even more interesting is the halls dedicated to different climatic zones. Here is a super simple, sheer delight! There is a Hall-rainforest, desert, Hall Hall-Savannah, etc.! Get into the garden by bus from Brussels North Station, apart from 15-20, the stop is located in front of the gate of the garden.
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  • Gorgeous, fine organized with clear indications to follow route, nice restoration possibilities.
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  • Beautiful garden with a lot to see for a very fair price. I recommend taking the 4 seasons subscription which costs only 20 euro!
  • A very beautifull garden and if in early spring you want to see some flowers here you can find beautifull ones. love Marionne Ernst
  • Beautiful place and huge domain. Perfect place for walks or picnics during sunny days!
  • Calm, big and quiet place to relax, learn new things and hike.
  • Lovely place,great for having a walk ! There are 18.000 species. It covers a very big area.

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