August 25, 2011

15 photos of Brussels Botanical Garden

If you are in Brussels, and wish to spend nice time in the nature, walk through Brussels botanic garden in Meise can be very relaxing. 
I am little hesitating to what extend recommend you visiting this garden. It seems to me rather a scientific center. For sophisticated garden connoisseurs visiting the glass houses will wipe out the “so, so” impression of the rest of the garden. There are some true horti-pearls to see. 

View some pictures I have taken during my visit in May.    

Large Eoniums.
Strelitzia reginae.
Strelitzia reginae Mandela's Gold.
Thunbergia laurifolia.
Thunbergia laurifolia.
... still Thunbergia laurifolia...
Victoria amazonica with large leaves. In nature growing up to 3 m in diameter, in glass house reaching 1 m.  Pity it was not flowering in May.

Nymphea gigantea. Leaves with a radial slit, to 75 cm diameter. Flowers emergent, to 25 cm diameter, standing to 50 cm above the water surface.

Lotus. Nelumbo nucifera, known as Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Bean of India, or simply Lotus. 
Aquatic perennial, its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China.

Large collection of Sempervivum (Houseleeks or Liveforever), organised in very tidy way.

Interesting collection of roses blooming end of May. On the pictures Albertine.

Brussels botanical garden (The National Botanic Garden of Belgium) is located in Meise, a village 12 km north of the centre of Brussels (3 km north of the Atomium), inside the Flemish Region, i.e. outside of the Outer Ring Road (R0) around Brussels.

Address: National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Bouchout Domain, Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise.

Not easy to find, but worth it :)


Darla said...

The Bird of Paradise is always neat looking to me. What a wonderful pond!!

Gaz said...

Thanks for sharing Ewa, it is good to see how the Glasshouse looked in the summer. The Victoria Water lilly had gone when we visited.