Tours: the former ethological garden of the Massart Garden
© Uma Reinke
The so-called "ethological" garden is the oldest part of the botanical garden dedicated to Jean Massart, and is the last witness of the design as conceived with landscape architect Jules Buyssens in 1922. At its origins, Massart designed a sort of miniature botanical Belgium that brought together the main natural environments of the country over an area of 1.5 hectares: beaches, wet meadows, swamps, pond edges, areas of limestone or sandstone, heather land, sunny or shady hillsides, etc. From the 1960s onwards, nature was let to take its course; most of the plants gradually gave way to flora typical of the Brabant marshes. The tour offers a glimpse into this history on a site that contains an astonishing variety of plant species.