La vie en rose
Meise Botanic Garden puts the botanical rose in the spotlight. The roses are planted according to family ties in a landscaped rose garden designed as two intertwined spirals. Recent DNA research provided the information for this unique approach. With more than 100 different botanical species, this is one of the most important rose collections in the world.
Follow the spirals, and learn how wild rose species migrated from Asia to America and Europe. People began to cross-pollinate those wild roses, and thus our garden rose was born.
On the outside of the garden, we plant a limited selection of cultivars that represent the history of rose cultivation in a nutshell. For this, we chose mainly Belgian selections. To see the wild roses in bloom, it is best to visit in June, while the rose hips are beautiful in the autumn. The cultivated varieties bloom all summer long.