Botanic Garden Meise, Meise

#3 of 18 in Parks in Flemish Brabant Province
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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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  • Having been to and very much liking Kew Gardens, we were delighted to visit the Botanical Garden in Meise. We had a fantastic visit, although we were not able to see everything - yet. So we will be...  more »
  • This place is a very nice option for those that like to be outside in naturr 'inside', particularly when walking with little children. Interesting for the elder and the younger ones, a nicely...  more »
  • Beautiful and quiet park right outside of Brussels. Offers seasonal and temporary tours that are quite fun and educational. Enough content for a nice day out!
  • Visited botanical garden as a part of Tomorrowland detox day and were pleasantly surprised. Very nice park with lots of old interesting trees! Amazing place to go on a hot day!
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