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Excursion National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) & the Plant Palace

  • Meise
  • National Botanic Garden of Belgium
MeiseNational Botanic Garden of Belgium

Book your Botanic Garden Meise excursion with The River Cruise Line as part of a relaxing Belgian waterways cruise. The Botanic Garden Meise, which up until 2014 was called the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, is located in the grounds of Bouchout Castle in the Flemish town of Meise. Covering 92 hectares (227 acres), it is one of the most diverse groups of plants located in a single garden in the entire world and is an important facility for the discovery, research and conservation of plant species. It’s also a paradise for nature lovers, where you are free to explore the glasshouses, garden and arboreta.

Facts:

• At present, the total number of plant species on earth is unknown and many are yet to be discovered, especially in the tropics and in certain groups like fungi and algae

• Botanic Garden Meise is the only scientific institute in Belgium which is focused on botanical taxonomy (the practice and science of classification)

• The garden contains more than 18,000 plant species, which equates to approximately 6% of all known plant species of the world

• More than 10,000 plant species from around the world are housed in the Plant Palace

• Scientists at the garden conduct research particularly on Belgian and African plants

Highlights:

• Follow the trails set around the age-old trees, ponds and broad lawns

• Admire open air collections of medicinal and herbaceous plants

• Explore the glasshouse which houses unusual tropical and subtropical plants from America, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and Australia

• Take a journey through 500 million years of plant history in the Evolution House

Enjoy a fascinating Botanic Garden Meise trip as part of an excursion package and save money. For more fascinating destinations, take a look at our range of cruises online or contact our Holiday Advisors for further information.