The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Brussels Gardens

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167.The modern gardens at Brussels are generally very richly stocked with choice plants. That of Mr. Van der Maelen has two splendid stoves, with a greenhouse, &c., containing a fine collection of plants, particularly of palms and orchidaceï¾µ. Adjoining the large stove is a museum of natural history, the specimens in which were brought by Mr. Van der Maelen's plant collector from Brazil, M. Rynders, a private gentleman, has a very fine collection of stove and greenhouse plants, amongst which may be mentioned a splendid collection of camellias, and some remarkably fine New Holland plants. At Lacken there are fine gardens and an extensive park, in which there are many splendid trees of Catalpa which flower and seed every year. There is, however, only one cedar of Lebanon in the whole park.