Jean Massart Botanical Garden (Brussels Environment and ULB)

© Jean Massart Botanical Garden

Established in 1922 by Jean Massart (1865-1925), professor of botany at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the eponymous garden celebrates its centenary this year. The original part, designed by landscape architect Jules Buyssens, contains the Ethological Garden where Massart aimed to create a kind of botanical Belgium in miniature, featuring vegetation from the country’s main natural habits: beach, wet meadow, marshland, pond edges, areas of limestone and sandstone rock, heathland, and sunny and shady hillsides. From the 1960s onwards, nature was allowed to take over, and most of the plants gradually gave way to flora typical of the Brabant marshes. Today, this living museum on the edge of the Sonian Forest includes nearly 2,000 species from all over the world, including many plants which were brought back to Europe by naturalists criss-crossing the European colonies. They are presented in thematic collections: medicinal and aromatic plants, an arboretum of exotic tree species, a garden showing the evolution of flowering plants, cultivated plants and an orchard. There is also a wetland nature reserve forming part of the Natura 2000 network. (Listed – 29/05/1997)

Tours of the Jean Massart Ethological Garden, Sunday at 14:00 and 16:00 (FR) (duration: 1 hour). Advance booking required. Up to 15 people per tour. In cooperation with CIVA.

Walking tour: ‘The centenary of the Massart Garden’, Sunday at 14:00 and 15:00 (FR) (duration: 1 hour). Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour. In cooperation with Brussels Environment.

Show: ‘PollinizZzaction’, Sat. & Sun. at 13:00 and 15:00 (FR) (duration: 30 minutes). Starring insect puppets and two female actors, this blooming brilliant show will entertain and enlighten as it explains the reasons why insects visit flowers. Part science, part performing arts, the 30-minute production is aimed primarily at children aged 6 to 12, but is sure to appeal to young and old alike. Advance booking required. Up to 30 people per performance.

In cooperation with the Jean Massart Experimental Garden (Brussels Environment and ULB).

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 8:00 to 19:30

Chaussée de Wavre/Waversesteenweg 1850, Auderghem/Oudergem