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Book The Royal Greenhouses

17 April 2015

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  • A new guide about the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken, Brussels, BE is published in 4 languages in 2015 as well as many new postcards, posters etc (BAI publishers). All photographs by Karin Borghouts (except historical photos). Karin Borghouts photographed in the Royal Greenhouses since 2010.

    Designed by architect Balat (Victor Horta’s teacher) the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are some of Brussels’ most remarkable monuments. They were built between 1874 and 1895 and commissoned by King Leopold II. The highly impressive greenhouses with their ironwork frames are home to a charming range of flora and many rare species. The total floor surface of this immense complex is 2.5 hectares (270,000 square feet). The complex can only be visited during a two-week period in April–May each year, when most flowers are in full bloom.
    The Royal Greenhouses (Dutch: Koninklijke Serres van Laken, French: Serres Royales de Laeken) are opened to the public every year during a period of three weeks in April-May in the Royal Castle of Laeken (BE)

    The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
    A unique botanical collection in a palace of glass
    Text: Irene Smets
    Photography: Karin Borghouts
    Graphic design : Leen Depooter, quod. – voor de vorm
    Editing & coördination: Marianne Thys
    BAI publishers
    ISBN 9789085866978 (E)
    Available in four languages (E, D, F, G)