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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  • When the sun shines it feels like a littelr place of heaven. You can have a picknick on the lawn and it s not crowded. The greenhouse is very instructive and the waterlilys taken out of fairy tale. Th...  more »
  • As a resident of Meise we have the luck to walk here often. Greenhouses which, although for a long time in renovation, but nonetheless very instructive and more beautiful. See also the ' oertuin'. Also very beautiful corners and edges as you take the less common paths. Orangerie with snacks and drinks which I personally on the expensive side given the find. But that does not mean that it is great to relax on the terrace, in the winter, when there are often fire pits are ignited. Vaut Le detour.
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  • Since the Botanic Garden of Meise is fully taken over by the Flemish community there is a new dynamism. There are regular exhibitions and other activities. Very worthwhile because of its great variety of native and exotic plants and flowers.
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  • beautiful, tranquil and educational botanical garden. frequently has events that are stimulating and fun for the whole family. friendly staff
  • Beautiful place, you could spend a whole dzy in it and still not see every corner there is to see. The plant palace, the castle, and the little train that goes around the park are included in your ticket. Staff is friendly and helpful. Sadly the plant palace is being renovated which means not every room is accessible. Definitely worth a look at. Great for kids as well!
  • Great botanic garden. A lot of space to decompress and at same time learn something about plants. Possibility to eat simple meals at the Orangerie. Take your time to visit the greenhouse.
  • What a beautiful park. The trees. The tropical green house. The quiet atmosphere just minutes from Brussels
  • Great park to visit especially during early Fall and Spring!

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