Parks & Gardens

Six delightful Parks & Gardens in Belgium

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These six delightful gardens in Belgium are worth visiting at any time of the year!

Belgium is blessed with some lovely parks and gardens. Here are six of the best, some well-known, others less so, but all worth visiting.

Kalmthout Arboretum

Located near Antwerp, from 31 March to 30 April the focus is very much on their flowering cherries, and you can follow a cherry route. However, there’s a lot of other plants to see, and their magnolias will soon be blooming. Entrance fee €7. More info here. If you would like to know a little about the history of the arboretum and some of its special plants, you can read this article which I wrote a few years ago for a Belgian newspaper.

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Pieris japonica in Kalmthout Arboretum

Annevoie Gardens

One of my favourite Belgian gardens, the water gardens of Annevoie opens this year on Easter Sunday with a chocolate Easter Egg hunt. Entrance fee €8.20. More info here.

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The beauty of Annevoie: and all without a single electric pump!

Japanese Garden Hasselt

A delightful and calm place to walk around and enjoy the water, the plants and the peace. The Japanese cherries should be in full bloom over Easter. Entrance fee €5. More info here.

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Ooidonk Castle Garden Fair

During Easter weekend 2018, the annual “Lifestyle Garden Fair” will take place in the park of Ooidonk Castle in Deinze, East Flanders. Lovers of gardens, nature and home decoration will find more than 100 exhibitors of plants, forgotten vegetables, regional products, furniture, home & garden decoration, garden antiques, and more. Open 10:00 to 18:30. Entrance fee €8.50. More information here.

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Castle Freyr Gardens

The castle and gardens are open from Easter Sunday and throughout the year, so you can enjoy the walled terraced gardens, the fountains, the 300-year old orange trees, 6 km of hornbeam hedge mazes etc. Entrance fee €8.50. More info here.

Wespelaar Arboretum

In Flemish Brabant province near Haacht, this beautifully landscaped arboretum containts 2,000 trees and shrubs. Its speciality is its 192 species of Magnolia. It opens this year on Easter Sunday. Entrance fee €5. More info here.

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If you have other suggestions, don’t hesitate to add them in the comments below.

 

About Denzil

Discovering Belgium is my personal blog describing places to visit in Belgium. It mainly focuses on walking and cycling in nature, but also covers cities and events.

55 comments on “Six delightful Parks & Gardens in Belgium

  1. Wow, we’re so envious, here in the northeast U.S., this all looks absolutely beautiful!
    I like the shot of the Pieris japonica – – it’s such a neat shrub, because you enjoy the blossoms, and then the new growth is such a vivid red, it’s almost like a second series of blooms.
    “Discovering Belgium” has really been effective, I’m determined to visit your adopted country, next time I’m in Europe.

    • Thanks Robert, I am glad you enjoy my blog. Sometimes I’m tempted to say that not all Belgium is as beautiful as in my blog posts! You seem to know your Pieris. Do you grow them yourself in your garden?

      • My parents have a couple growing next to the house, it’s one of the very few shrubs I can identify!

      • I feel the same way about my region of New York – – there’s beautiful lakes, hills, forests, and streams, and I want to present things in the best light, but there’s also a lot of tumbledown hamlets and shuttered businesses. Quite a lot of the woodlands exist, because the government bought clapped-out farms during the Depression and replanted them.

        • I really must do a post on the city of Charleroi one day. It was voted Europe’s ugliest city a few years back!

  2. Beautiful, Denzil. Happy Easter!

  3. Great post again !

  4. What beautiful places for a stroll with the gods!

  5. Ann Barleycorn

    The botanical Gardens at Meise are also open (only closed a few days in the year)

  6. I would enjoy visiting all these gardens, Denzil. I do like the sound of the Lifestyle Garden Fair and suspect I would come away with a few lovely purchases.

  7. The water gardens look fabulous,and I suppose it won’t matter too much if it’s wet. The forecast isn’t good. 🙁

    • Ha that’s a good point Jo. I should write a post on water gardens as places to go when it’s raining!

      • We spent a rather damp day at Studley Royal in Yorkshire a while ago. It didn’t entirely ruin the experience, but most things are better when the sun shines. 🙂

  8. Oh how I’d love to see that Japanese Garden. I’m sure it’s gorgeous in spring. I’m sure they all are.

    • Thanks Carrie. Yes it’s amazing how popular this particular Japanese export is in Europe. Is it the same in the States too? Do you have a lot of Japanese gardens?

  9. I sure would be one happy person if I had an opportunity to see these lovely gardens. Hope their open houses are huge successes. 🙂

    • I can imagine you feeling very much at home in these places Judy … and taking lots of photos!

  10. Wow. These are all glorious gardens Denzil. I would love to see those cherry blossoms.

    • Unfortunately the forecast is not looking too good for the weekend over here Brigid, although things can change. Hope you are enjoying your own garden in the “springier” weather!

      • Hopefully the meteorologists have got it wrong Denzil. I am outside as much as possible. Spring is such a wonderful time in the garden. 🌼

  11. Rinalds Ekmanis

    Wow the parks look nice there, i wish i could live there. 🙁

  12. et kasteel van Freyer staat nog op mijn to do lijstje

  13. I would love to see those cherry blossoms. all these gardens, Denizen. I do like the sound of the Lifestyle Garden Fair and suspect I would come away with a few lovely purchases.

    • I’m sure you’d find a good home for your purchases Kyle. Do you do much gardening yourself?

  14. Wow these all look so pretty. Why haven’t I spent more time in Belgium?!

    • A good question. But we can’t be everywhere or go everywhere we’d like to, eh?

  15. Unbound Roots

    Denzil, thank you for bringing a little spring to my life today. We were blessed with yet another snow storm last night, so our Easter weekend will be a cold and snowy one. I am a gardener and I love to see plants I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet – the Pieris japonica at the Kalmthout Arboretum is one of them – stunning. I also love the waves of tulips and daffodils you featured on your post. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks for the compliments Erin. Unfortunately the temperature has dipped and it’s going to be a cold Easter, although at 7 or 8 Celsius it’s probably nothing like yours if you are still getting snow. But yes, I agree with you, the sight of spring flowers is always uplifting.

  16. Beautiful and breathtaking views including the video Denzil, Spring colour is what we are all in need of right now.
    A lovely post just right for this April Morning.

    Love and Blessings and Happy Easter to you and your family Denzil.

    • Thanks Sue, and a happy Easter weekend to you and yours. We definitely need some colour and warmth. 6C today! Brrr.

      • Hi Denzil, yes we awoke to 2 cms of snow ans still snowing a blizzard here, but it is set to turn to rain later.. So it will not last. xx

        • Oh my goodness that is not a nice Easter Monday, I hope fairer winds head your way soon Sue.

          • Hi Denzil, yesterday was milder, and time was spent in the allotments preparing for spring planting.. Wishing you well also enjoy your weekend

            • 20 degrees today Sue, so no complaints. Hope it’s similar where you are.

              • Hi Denzil it is 12 C out and raining.. LOL.. but its warming up and we had a good couple of days in our allotments.. So things are moving 🙂 Thank you.. Have a great weekend xx

  17. het arboretum van Kalmthout bezoek ik regelmatig maar dit van Wespelaar kend ik niet,zal het binnenkort ook eens gaan bezoeken

  18. Hi Denzil.
    Arboretum Kalmthout I know but Wespelaar not.I will visit it in a few months.Thanks for the information

    • I feel very positive that you will enjoy it! Alleen open op woensdag en zondag.

  19. Beautiful gardens. Our Spring is so late this year that I am jealous that you have so many blooming plants already.

  20. It’s getting there– we had snow with highs in the 30s (F) on Monday and 85 on Friday and Saturday.

  21. Beautiful flowers! Sadly I was in Belgium this past winter so I didn’t get to enjoy this.

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