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Meise Botanic Garden, Meise

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The Botanic Garden Meise is located in the grounds of Bouchout Castle in the town of Meise, just north of Brussels in the province of Flemish Brabant. It is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world with an extensive collection of living plants in addition to a herbarium of over 3 million specimens. The current garden was established in 1958 after it moved from the centre of Brussels; the former site is now the Botanical Garden of Brussels. Researchers at the garden conduct research particularly on Belgian and African plants.
The Botanic Garden contains about 18,000 plant species—about 6% of all known plant species of the world. Half are in greenhouses, the other half, including cultivated and indigenous plants, are outdoors. The gardens are grouped around the castle and lake of the Bouchout domain.
The mission statement of the Botanic Garden Meise specifies the increasing and spreading "the knowledge of plants" and contributions to "the conservation of biodiversity."
The Botanic Garden was property of the Belgian federal government, but after several years of negotiations it was eventually transferred to the Flemish Community effective 1 January 2014. The French Community still has its own employees and representation in the board of directors. The plants, library, etc. remain property of the federal State but given as commodate to the Flemish Community.
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  • If you would wondering if the visit to the National Botanic Garden is worth a visit, of course in winter when we were there it is not so attractive as in the summer time, but during our visit there... 
    If you would wondering if the visit to the National Botanic Garden is worth a visit, of course in winter when we were there it is not so attractive as in the summer time, but during our visit there...  more »
  • Wonderful, expansive, well-tended property worth the €10 entry. Several spots to have a nice snack or drink, lots to see and study. It started to rain, so I had a look in the castle until it stopped.....  more
    Wonderful, expansive, well-tended property worth the €10 entry. Several spots to have a nice snack or drink, lots to see and study. It started to rain, so I had a look in the castle until it stopped.....  more »

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