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Botanic Garden Meise

Belgium - Meise

Institution Code: BR

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

One of our famous visitors: Raoni, chief of the Kayapo and fighter for the protection of the Amazon forest
One of our famous visitors: Raoni, chief of the Kayapo and fighter for the protection of the Amazon forest

About the Botanic Garden Meise

Botanic Garden Meise is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world. The living plant collections contribute to the botanical and horticultural research as well as to the education and conservation activities of the Garden. The greenhouse and outdoor collections together hold nearly 25000 accessions of living plants (about 17400 taxa and 3170 genera) which is about 6% of all known plant species of the world. Half of them can be seen in our greenhouses (Plant Palace), the other half, comprising cultivated and indigenous plants, grows outdoors.

The Outdoor Collections accommodate about 7630 taxa from all temperate regions of the world. A major part of them is planted in thematic collections open to the general public. Three systematic collections form the core of these plantings: the Herbetum (herbaceous plants arranged to the systems of Cronquist & Takhtajan), the Fruticetum (woody plants arranged to the system of Dahlgren) and the Coniferetum (gymnosperms arranged by genus). Nearly all hardy or 'half-hardy' genera are represented in these collections.

Another collection type is shown by the genera collections which give a thorough overview of the representatives of species and cultivars in the genera Quercus, Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Acer (Japanese & Chinese), Magnolia. Other developed thematic collections are the medicinal plants garden, the North American forest theme, the Mediterranean plants collection. A lot of collection plants are displayed in shrubberies and mixed borders all over the park. Rare or unusual tree species and cultivars are dispersed over the lawns and play the role of salt and pepper in the landscape dominated by indigenous tree plantations. Other important collections (e.g. Rosa and Paeonia) are occasionally open to the general public.

Well-represented plant families (on the whole outdoor collections) are Pinaceae (43% of extant species of the world), Aceraceae (42%), Betulaceae (39%), Hydrangeaceae (37%), Caprifoliaceae (33%), Cornaceae (31%), Cupressaceae (20%), Berberidaceae (16%), Ranunculaceae (14%) and Rosaceae (13%).

Some trees are really champion trees of Belgium and need special attention or care.

Main Address:
Botanic Garden Meise
Domein van Bouchout
B-1860 Belgium

Telephone: 32 (0)2 260 09 20
Fax: 32 (0)2 260 09 45
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Steven Dessein
    Curator's Name: T. Vanderborght
    Plant Records Officer's Name: T. Vanderborght
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 40
    Educational Staff Number: 5
    Research Staff Number: 20
    Administration Staff Number: 10

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
  • Date founded: 1796
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 20 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 35 Hectares
  • Total Area: 92 Hectares
    Latitude: 50.9166
    Longitude: 4.3166
    Annual Rainfall: 780 mm
    Altitude: 33.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2000 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Plantentuin Meise / Jardin botanique de Meise
  • Local Address: Nieuwelaan 38 1860 Meise
  • Locality: City: Meise
  • Locality: State: Vlaams Brabant

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 3500000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 35
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: N
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 90000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 25000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 16642
  • Special Collections:Medicinal plants, conifers, tropical and subtropical crops, mediterranean plants, Rubiaceae, Cactaceae, bromeliads, palms, cycads, agaves, Gesneriaceae, orchids, Araceae, Begonia, succulents, Magnolia, Quercus, Rhododendron, Acer, Hydrangea, temperate shrubs and trees, perennials, biennials, annuals. Wild Phaseoleae - Phaseolinae. Maintains a seed bank with long-term storage capacity.Wild Phaseoleae - Phaseolinae, Begonia, cycads, Festuca, orchids.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: N

Conservation Programmes

  • Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: N
    Plant Breeding: N
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Land Restoration: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: N
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: N
    Education Programme: Y
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