The National Botanical Garden of Belgium | A Photo Story

By - March 17, 2011 (Updated: February 29, 2016)

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.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Amy

    Amy March 17, 2011 at 14:28

    That thing is huge! I’m really sorry I missed it…
    Gorgeous photos as always. I especially love the Mexican Flamebrush.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 17, 2011 at 14:56

      Thanks Amy! Well it should bloom again in 10 years πŸ˜‰

  2. Comment by simon

    simon March 17, 2011 at 16:00

    Love the photo of the Mexican Flamebrush.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 18, 2011 at 09:32

      Thanks Simon! That one was fun to shoot πŸ™‚

  3. Comment by Louise

    Louise March 17, 2011 at 19:18

    I’ve never heard of Titan Arum and sorry, but I think its more seldom then pretty! Thanks for sharing the photos from the event though not to speak about the pure beauty of the snowdrop. That’s my favourite!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 18, 2011 at 09:34

      Haha, too each their own Louise πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t call the Arum beautiful exactly but it certainly is dramatic!

  4. Comment by Bluegreen Kirk

    Bluegreen Kirk May 3, 2011 at 17:45

    What a large flower! Is this the one that blooms once every year or soemthing like that? Glad to see that you didnt miss it and thanks for the photos.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison May 3, 2011 at 21:04

      I think it’s even less frequent… every four years or something.

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