Programme

Walking tour

The Florist’s Gardens: a feast for the eyes and nose!

In the 19th century, King Leopold II of Belgium purchased a number of properties bordering the Stuyvenbergh/Stuyvenberg estate, subsequently developing garden complex there. As well as setting aside an area for the acclimatisation of exotic plants from Congo (the colonial park) and another for an orchard (now Parc Sobieski/Sobieskipark), he commissioned landscape designer Émile Lainé to create a pleasure garden (the Florist’s Gardens) and architect Henri Maquet to build greenhouses with a view to cultivating ornamental flowers and plants.

In 1999, Brussels Environment decided to turn the much-neglected pleasure garden into an educational public park that would form part of the city’s ‘green network’. On this tour, you will learn all about the modern park following its overhaul by landscape designer Axel Demonty, who has put a slightly different slant on its history.

In French only.

In cooperation with Arkadia.

Practical information

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

Starting point: at the entrance to the park, Avenue Jean Sobieski/Jan Sobieskilaan, Brussels-Laeken/Laken
Advance booking required at www.arkadia.be (‘Heritage Days’ tab). Up to 25 people per tour.
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6 Stuyvenbergh
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19 Stuyvenbergh