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Visit the Enchanted Garden

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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 comments on “Visit the Enchanted Garden

  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

    • I hope they get good weather, particularly for the opening, so that everything looks their best. I thought you lived in Portugal Becky? Or do you hop between there and the UK?

      • The Algarve is her winter home, Denzil (I’m answering for her because we are near neighbours in the Algarve and I know she’s seriously busy organising Winchester Heritage week for early September 🙂 )

      • Swamped by rain at the moment in the UK but fingers crossed the sun will return!
        And as the lovely lovely Jo has explained I’m lucky enough to have two places to call home ☺

  2. Wonderful suggestion for a day off.

    • Yes, and in a lovely part of Belgium, the Hesbaye, with its quietly undulations and pretty villages

  3. Wonderful! how cool. And I like mazes, even if I’m hopeless at navigating my way back out. Are the “secret chambers” = secluded glades, or are there little buildings?

    • Secret glades Robert; I should have been more precise. And half the fun of a maze is getting lost!

  4. A most magical place.. and so enjoyed my time spent wandering through these images Denzil.. Thank you for sharing them.. 🙂 Wishing you also a Magical week.

    • 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.

      • Enjoy your hiking trip Denzil, and thank you yes.. Enjoyed a couple of days with our granddaughter.. I hope the weather is Kind to you.. Not too good here.. 🙂

  5. Thank you Denzil for sharing our ‘Enchanted Garden’! – And you did it beautifully! And yes, it’s out 6th year – and it seems to get ever more Enchanting! WELCOME – BIENVENUE – WELKOM! 🙂

    • 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.

  6. Just the sort of thing I love! I wish I could visit….

  7. Applause to all these very talented artists. 🙂

  8. 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 💐✨✨

    • Oh and thanks for your positive comments as always Di.

  9. It looks fantastic! I’d love to be there but I have commitments. 🙂 🙂

  10. Those sculptures are really neat looking. Definitely much more than a garden, I’d say it’s a work of art. Beautiful photos!

  11. My favourites are the birds. How glorious it would be to have a few of those perched permanently in a tree.

  12. 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!

  13. Fantastisch

  14. 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!

    • Yes those are a couple of my favourites too Theresa. I hear that the garden is being well attended, which is good news.

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  16. 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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