THE ROYAL GREENHOUSES IN LAEKEN – 2019
Bruxelles, Bruxelles Belgium
The Royal Greenhouses – A magical place
Each year, in the spring, when the Azaleas are in bloom, the Greenhouses of Laeken are opened to the public, during almost three weeks. This tradition has been carried on for a century. A magical place with an enchanting décor and intoxicating scents
The Greenhouses of Laeken, built in 1873 by architect Alphonse Balat at the request of Leopold II, are a real glass city next to the Royal Palace of Laeken.
The construction took more than twenty years to built. Rotundas, domes and galleries housing exquisite collections of exotic plants, trees and flowers, some of which were brought from the Congo.
The present-day plant collection at the Greenhouses in Laeken is valuable from three viewpoints :
Some of the plants belonging to King Leopold II’s original collections still
The current collections still respect the spirit that prevailed when the original collections were planted.
Finally, the Royal Greenhouses still contain an enormous number of rare and valuable plants.
Built in 1886-1887, the Pier Greenhouse was intended to receive guests when the King was holding court in the Winter Garden or the Dining Room Greenhouse.
The Winter Garden
Designed by architect Alphonse Balat and built between 1874 and 1876, the Winter Garden was the first greenhouse in the imposing city of glass which would be built over thirty years on the Laeken estate. The dimensions of this greenhouse allowed tall palm trees, the majority of which date from the time of Leopold II. As soon as it was completed, this greenhouse was used for royal receptions.