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The National Botanical Garden of Belgium | A Photo Story

By - March 17, 2011 (Updated: May 31, 2018)


National Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium

Not long after I posted about waiting for the Amorphophallus titanum to bloom in Belgium, it did. The rotting meat smelling flower was open and I was not about to miss it.

Yesterday, I rushed out to the National Botanical Garden of Belgium to photograph it. While there, I also took the time to photograph some of the other flowers in bloom in the greenhouses. Here are a few of my favourite flower photos:

Amorphophallus titanum

Here’s what all the fuss was about – The Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum). It didn’t even smell that bad.

Amorphophallus titanum

Here’s the Titan Arum in context – look how big it is compared to the people!

Amorphophallus titanum

Here’s a close-up look at the Titan Arum


There were some stunning waterlilies on display. I love how this one is reflected in the pond.

"Director G T Moore" Waterlily

“Director G T Moore” Waterlily

Calliandra Tweedii or Mexican Flamebrush

Calliandra Tweedii or Mexican Flamebrush

Camillia Japonica "Bar Legavy"

I couldn’t get over how perfectly formed this Camillia Japonica “Bar Legavy” was.

Galanthus Plicatus Snowdrops

Outside the Galanthus Plicatus, better known as Snowdrops, were on display.

For more photos from yesterday’s trip to the National Botanical Garden of Belgium, please visit my photography website. There is a gallery of Titan Arum photos and a gallery of flowers of the Botanical Gardens. Click the thumbnails for a larger view of the flower photos. You can purchase photos by clicking the Buy Now button and following the prompts.

Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian travel writer, author, and photographer. She is the founder of, a website dedicated to slow and sustainable travel, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and cultural awareness through travel. She and her husband, Andrew, are the founders of RockFort Media, committed to helping entrepreneurs tell their stories online. Alison has visited over 45 countries and, after living in Belgium for 11 years, now lives full-time in a Bigfoot motorhome named Yeti with Andrew and their well-travelled cat.
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