A fairytale forest

Rhododendrons

In the Rhododendron forest, between the Rose Garden and the Orangery Pond, more than 300 wild species and cultivated varieties bloom between March and June. The so-called 'Hardy Ghent Azaleas', a group of rhododendrons from the heyday of Belgian horticulture, also have their place here. 

For many rhododendrons, a forest such as this is an excellent place to live. Some leafy species are sensitive to frost, and here they are better protected from the cold. Deciduous species, which don’t like bright sunshine, find shade here. 

Numerous other acid-loving shrubs and smaller trees with high ornamental value, sometimes sensitive to frost, complete the collection. Mowed paths give a wild touch to this fairytale forest. The beautiful light provides extra magic.

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