Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

  • Event Category: Seasonal Event

The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are a large complex of mammoth heated greenhouses on the grounds of the Royal Castle of Laeken, official residence of the King of the Belgians and the royal family. Located in northern Brussels, the iron and glass structures include tropical, sub tropical and cold greenhouses. As part of the royal private gardens, they are usually not open to tourist visits. Every spring, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are open to the public for 3 weeks. It is an excellent opportunity to see the wonderful architecture of Alphonse Balat, the mentor of Victor Horta, and the many plants in the greenhouses. You can also visit the studio of Queen Elizabeth. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1874/00/00 Alphonse Balat Architect Commissioned by King Leopold II, the erecting of a complex of orangeries and other greenhouses begins. Orange
1895/00/00 Alphonse Balat Architect King Leopold II greenhouse complex is finished with the completion of the Iron Church, a domed conservatory, to be used as the royal chapel.
1900/00/00 In the Orangerie, Leopold II's Orange tree collection includes 130 trees aged 200 to 300 years and one even 400 years. In the 1970s, only 45 trees were still alive. Orange
1909/00/00 The camellias are the world's largest and oldest collection in a greenhouse. In 1909, there were 314 species of camellias in the royal collection, with more than 1000 plants.

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Particulars for Royal Greenhouses of Laeken:
Flower Camellia
Area of Significance Engineering
Landscape Architecture Garden
Building Type Greenhouse
Building attibute Iron and Glass
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Architectural Style Neoclassical
Season Spring
Architectural Style Victorian

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