Museum Garden Gaasbeek
European Garden Award 2012
The Museum Garden covers almost 2,5 hectares. It harbours a fine selection of hard and small fruit, vegetables, ornamental perennials and conservatory plants and climbing roses dating from around 1900. Visitors – for good reasons all guided by one of the gardeners – will enjoy and learn more about the Flemish art of gardening from 1860 till 1940 and traditional horticultural skills.
Many garden walls are covered with an outstanding collection of apple and pear trees, all trained in different 19th century forms. Some fruits are ‘sacked’ during the ripening process to produce fruit to perfection.
The south facing garden hosts a collection of perfectly fan trained apricot, peach and nectarine trees. The central long axe continues through the walled vegetable and hard fruit garden and leads into the terrace garden area with a splendid early 17th century carrara marble fountain.
Gaasbeek inspired the new espalier orchard at Schloss Dyck.