Since the earliest times, people have always had a close relationship with nature. In the past, dwellings were more spread out than they are today, and people were often limited to farming and the rearing of livestock. Today, very little of the rural heritage of long ago remains, mainly due to rapid urbanisation. Here, materials available in nature were required to build the cities. Quarrying for stone and sand and the planting of woods have left their marks on the landscape and the place names of the region. The relationship with nature has also persisted in the form of depictions of flowers in the more imposing heritage. Châteaux and abbeys were often endowed with magnificent gardens. In the 19th and 20th centuries, urbanisation resulted in an increasing focus on green spaces and various parks were created. All of these aspects can still be seen today in Jette and Ganshoren and will be touched on in this exhibition.