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Post Belgian National Botanical Gardens
Mark and I have just returned from a short trip to Brussels, and as well as doing all the usual touristy things we made a trip to the Belgian Botanical Gardens at Meise.

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Mark and a Titan arum

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Cryptanthe

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The unusual prickly stems of Cyrtosperma johnstonii.

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Stapelia variegata var. Planifora

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Quite a reasonable sized Trachycarpus martianus in the center.

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Not all of the "Plant Palace" was open, as they are undertaking refurbishment and replanting
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More photos:
http://www.alternativeeden.com/2011/11/ ... -tour.html

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Nice!


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Post Re: Belgian National Botanical Gardens
Never been at Meise, but I always wanted to visit Laeken, which is open for only two weeks annually.

There's so much to discover...

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Post Re: Belgian National Botanical Gardens
Steven, Laeken is also on the cards as the glasshouses and specimens inside it are apparently even more spectacular. It's a shame it's only open for two weeks every year, in April which limits the chance to visit. We always check out if there's a nearby botanical gardens or glasshouses whenever we go on city breaks, with some cities having better glasshouses/gardens than others. I agree, there's so much to discover out there...

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MarkD wrote:
Laeken is also on the cards as the glasshouses and specimens inside it are apparently even more spectacular...

Cibotium tree ferns in large hanging baskets - now that's something you don't see every day.


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Post Re: Laeken ferns
Steve Pope wrote:
Cibotium tree ferns in large hanging baskets - now that's something you don't see every day.


I wonder if it's a Belgian thing, weren't they (at one point?) the holder of the largest hanging basket in the world? :lol:

Steve, if you've been and have got photos to share I wouldn't mind seeing them 8)

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Great pics, thanks for sharing them. I too really enjoy visiting botanical gardens where ever I find them. Often the less known ones have real gems. I've never been to Brussels at all, but if I ever do go there I'll aim to pay a visit to the gardens.
That Titan Arum looks huge!
Was the Stapelia flower smelly?
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PeteFree wrote:
Was the Stapelia flower smelly?


Thanks Pete! Funny you mentioned about the Stapelia as there were several in bloom at the same time and there wasn't a nasty whiff inside the glasshouse. I didn't try smelling them up close though.

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