Breakfast in hotel.
Transfer to Haacht-Wespelaar to visit Herkenrode Arboretum. This important garden belongs to the Viscount Philippe de Spoelberch, an eminent dendrologist and formerly vice-president of the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISS), which has one of the richest botanical collections of woodland plants in Europe.
Near the house, there is an ornamental garden, a vegetable garden and nurseries.
The total area of the botanical garden covers 10 hectares: there are 5000 trees and 3000
Bushes of different varieties, a collection of rhododendrons (about 700 varieties), maples (about 200 varieties), magnolias (200 varieties), cornaceous (50 varieties), Styrax and Stewartia. Jacques Wirtz played an important role in the creation of the garden.
Time for lunch, (included), in Buxelles near the Museum of the spouses Van Buuren.
In the afternoon visit to Van Buuren museum. They were refined collectors who have furnished their home in Art Deco style with fine furniture, carpets and precious works of art that can be admired in the company of the guide.
The house is surrounded by a garden of about 1.5 hectares, which consists of several “rooms” in which four original creations stand out: “The garden of the big rose,” the picturesque garden “by Jules Buyssens,” The labyrinth “, and” the garden of the heart “by René Pèchére. Time for lunch, (not included), in Brussels. Later visit to Kreftenbroeck Garden. It is a magnificent private garden of about 5 hectares known worldwide by botanical experts. It has a spontaneous and wild appearance, it features two lakes, two bridges (one in wood and one in stone), a garden of herbaceous plants, acid plants , a collection of ancient and spontaneous roses, conifers, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. In autumn 2000 the landscape architect Jacques Virtz
has enlarged the garden: the new part consists of an arboretum on a hill embellished by a collection of contemporary sculptures that is becoming increasingly popular.
At the end of the day, return to Brussels and dinner in a restaurant adjacent to the Hotel.
Return to the hotel.