Botanic Garden Meise, Meise

#3 of 10 in Parks in Flemish Brabant Province
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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178 reviews
  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • July 31, 2017
    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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  • July 11, 2017
    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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  • May 27, 2017
    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.
  • May 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 8, 2017
    Not quite Kew Gardens but none the less, a very enjoyable few hours for a very reasonable price.
  • June 13, 2017
    Nice for walk in the nature, need few hours to explore it. 7 Euros entrance for adults.

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