In the gardens of the Erasmus House

Visit the gardens of the Erasmus House on the Heritage Days and discover an exciting programme of activities!

  • Live drawing in the Philosophical Garden

    Maybe sitting on the ‘cocoon’ bench in the Philosophical Garden of the Erasmus House, surrounded by nature, and drawing to your heart’s content sounds like a dream come true. Well, that is exactly what Serge Goldwicht would like you to see him doing for this live drawing show! Come and watch as he produces original artworks at a rate of one every three minutes, committing them to paper with just a pen, Indian ink and natural pigments. The drawings will be displayed as they are completed, and if you like, you can take one home – all for the price of little more than a brief chat with the artist!

    Sat. & Sun., 14:00 to 17:00

  • Workshop on the use of plant dyes, led by Dominique Casanovas and 1030 BlackWool, using local wool

    The ‘weeds’ you can see in the gardens of the Erasmus House might be more useful than you think… That certainly goes for the dye plants used to colour fabrics and wool throughout the Renaissance period. With two experts to guide you, you can immerse yourself in the art of plant dyeing and learn how to spin a local wool – produced by the ‘black’ sheep living in Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek – just like our ancestors did.

    Sat. & Sun., 12:00 to 17:00

  • Guided tours of the gardens of the Erasmus House

    The Renaissance-inspired Garden of Medicinal Plants laid out by René Pechère in the house’s courtyard is a reminder of the great humanist’s time in Brussels. Beyond this walled garden lies the Philosophical Garden, designed by landscape architect Benoît Fondu. Each of its leaf-shaped flowerbeds provides a botanical ‘snapshot’ of the various natural environments encountered by Erasmus on his travels, while works by four contemporary artists (Catherine Beaugrand, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Perejaume and Bob Verschueren) further enhance the beauty of the setting. Join one of CIVA’s guided tours (organised as part of the Garden Tales event) to find out more!

    Sat. at 10:00 (FR) – 11:00 (NL) – 12:00 (FR) – 14:00 (FR) – 15:00 (NL). Duration: 1 hour.

Practical information

Erasmus House, Rue de Formanoir/De Formanoirstraat 31, Anderlecht

Advance booking required through these forms: SaterdaySunday

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