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Visit the Enchanted Garden

Opening for three weeks every August, the Enchanted Garden in Jodoigne features an art exhibition in a natural garden


Do you like gardens? Do you like art? Then you will love the Enchanted Garden in Saint-Jean-Geest (Jodoigne) because it combines both!

The Enchanted Garden is a creation of Art Sanctuary, a joint venture between Norwegian artist Tone Aanderaa (“a poetic painter who loves to be in nature”) and Belgian ICT guru Ignace Clarysse (“a man who loves to plant trees and make ponds”).

The garden extends over 1½ hectares and includes an avenue of 100 cherry trees, a small forest with secret chambers, lots of ponds and waterways, and a romantic labyrinth.

If that’s not enough, for six weeks starting this Sunday, August 11th the garden hosts artworks inspired by and in dialogue with nature. They are created by nearly 40 artists from Belgium, France, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK. Between then they have created works in glass, stone, metal, wood, and ceramics, land art and street art, sound installations and music.

This is the sixth year that Tone and Ignace have opened their beautiful garden to the public, and they promise visitors “a journey of mysteries and wonders, transformations and metamorphosis.”

You can find the Enchanted Garden at Rue Du Tilleul 22, 1370 Saint-Jean-Geest (Jodoigne). Opening hours are Fridays from 18:00 till 21:00, Saturdays and Sundays from 13:00 till 20:00. It’s also open on Monday 14th August between 13:00 and 20:00. A contribution of 6 euro/person is requested (free for children under 12).

You can read more on the Art Sanctuary website. It also includes details of the artists and travel directions.

Below are some of the artworks on display to whet your appetite.

And here’s a pin to add to your collection:

39 replies »

  1. Stunning, just stunning. We have a garden near us in Winchester which does something similar, but no where near the beauty of this one

    • Thanks Sue, I thought you would enjoy this place. Thanks for your good wishes; I’m off for a long weekend hiking in the Ardennes. Hope you are having a good summer.

    • I hope that this year is the most successful and the most fun so far, Tone and Ignace! It was a pleasure to publicize your lovely garden.

  2. What a gorgeous, magical haven, Denzil. Your images and the captions under each are really lovely. Thank you for sharing these pretty gardens.
    I believe I must say enjoy your weekend hiking too 🙋🏻🌎💐

    • I’m so looking forward to it Di. I’ve got one night in a small log cabin by the side of a lake, and another in a hut on a farm, so I’m anticipating some great “back to nature” times.

      • Oh that sounds utterly beautiful Denzil.
        I can just imagine how pretty that will be there…
        Enjoy your adventure and you are very welcome re- your second message. Very kind, thank you 💐✨✨

  3. Denzil, every part of Belgium you share, I want to visit. But this place is first – definitely first on my list. Art and nature – truly enchanting. I spent time tooling around the website and visiting the talented artists. How lucky are those who will get to see the garden this year.

    • I only blog about the best places Sharon! I was driving through Charleroi recently. That’s a large town that used to be thriving when the coal mines were empty, but is now quite depressing. Unless someone suggests otherwise, I won’t be blogging about that place!

  4. Wow! Thank you for the tour of what looks to be a stunning exhibition. I particularly love those ceramic books and the flamenco dancer who looks almost as fierce as some of the real ones!

  5. Phew all caught up, I have not been visiting my reader much Denzil, as I took a break for a while in visiting so many… But I really really enjoyed my catch up here.. So many wonderful walks , views and new places.. Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us..
    Sue 🙂

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