Colonia & Sobieski Gardens

Closely linked to the colonial history of Belgium in the Congo, the Colonia and Sobieski Gardens have hosted exotic species in their greenhouses for the horticultural crops intended for agriculture and decoration. Later, the greenhouses served for the horticultural crops of the parks and exhibitions on the Heysel Plateau. The streets with the name of the trees recall the acclimatisation of exotic species, such as the Robinia and Ebony trees, certain specimens of which, such as the American Box elder maples, introduced in Europe by Colonel Frémont in 1846 or these California Calocedrus trees imported in 1688 by Banister, can be admired in the parks.

Practical information

  • 1000 Brussels