Exactly a month ago, the royal greenhouses near Brussels were open for the public for a short while. Seizing the opportunity, I met up with my friend Thomas and arrived at the gates a bit before they were opened. Getting up before 8am on a weekend may be a bit insane, but at least we managed to get there before the massive crowds took the place over. We could actually walk on our own without being pushed forward by the crowd. Yes, the royal botanical gardens are very popular. Partly because they are only open a few days per year.
The greenhouse buildings are in the beautiful art nouveau style and they really do look magnificent. Only a small part was open for the public, so I enjoyed the tiny part of the park that we were allowed to visit and took some photos there as well:
That tree looked as if it was from an old horror movie, so I had to try it in black and white. Yup, old movie. These were the only outside photos, the rest is all from inside the greenhouses. A recurring theme throughout the exposition was “hey, this is hairy!”. Seriously, I’ve never seen that many hairy plants in one place. Some looked like monkey trees:
And yes, they were soft to touch. I tested. A bit after seeing those lovely hairy palm trees, we entered the more tropical areas. Of course my camera couldn’t handle it too well, so I sat there for a while with a foggy lens. Looking through the camera, it seemed as if I was in a sauna. Snapped a photo of Thomas as proof of the sauna-effect:
This is the happiest-looking tree trunk I’ve ever seen. Such an adorable omnomnom-face. Also, I really loved the plants they used for covering areas that would otherwise have been empty. There were lovely light green “plant carpets” everywhere. They change the plants every now and then so they would look fresh and young. An example of the carpet:
Since I don’t really have much to say about most of the flowers, I’ll just show some photos of what I saw there. I really enjoyed the parts where flowers were hanging from the ceiling, it looked almost like a fairytale tunnel.