Family walking tour

Gardens and Congolese plants – pencils at the ready!

© Arkadia

In the early 20th century, King Leopold II had an ‘acclimatisation garden’, the Jardin Colonial/Koloniale Tuin, laid out for plants imported from the Congo. Besides this, two other areas were developed at the same time, all adjacent to the Stuyvenbergh Estate: the current Parc Sobieski/Sobieskipark (which grew the royal family’s fruit trees), and what are now the Florist’s Gardens (Jardins du Fleuriste/Tuinen van de Bloemist), so called because they were used to cultivate ornamental flowers for the royal residences. Now redesigned and opened to the public, these gardens are a pleasant place to wander around, offering a range of atmospheres as well as some amazingly-scented plants. This guided tour, complete with roadbook, is a perfect opportunity for individuals and families to explore the different varieties of plants imported in the past and to soak up the vibrant colours on display.

In cooperation with Arkadia.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00 (FR) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes)

Starting point: main entrance to the Jardin Colonial/Koloniale Tuin, Avenue des Ébéniers/Ebbebomenlaan 41, Brussels-Laeken/Laken

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.