Botanical beauty

A sunny spring day brought me to the botanical garden in Meise, close to Brussels. An amazing garden with picturesque views behind every corner.

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Spring in the botanical garden, with the castle of Bouchout in the background

A friend of mine makes it a point to stroll through the botanical garden of each place he visits; a philosophy I can definitely get behind. Botanical gardens not only are the ideal place to stroll, they also give a fantastic sample of biodiversity – of that particular place and well beyond.

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The greenhouses of the botanical garden in Meise, hosting hundreds of (sub)tropical species from across the world

Moreover, they provide a continuous reminder for the importance of botany; the study, and description of plant species and their diversity. This knowledge provides the critical base for all the research we are doing: you can’t study the effects of global change on biodiversity if you cannot identify that diversity first. And for that, our botanists and botanical gardens are of critical importance.

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So while it was only a short visit – no time to photograph all beautiful nature there was to see – it was a great reminder of its importance. Next time you visit one yourself, please keep this in mind while you take in its beauty.

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1 Response to Botanical beauty

  1. Forestwood says:

    A good reminder of the importance of botanical study.

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