Garden of Erasmus House


The garden of Erasmus House is a pleasure garden as well as one for learning. It is composed, on one side, of a garden of medicinal plants designed by landscape architect René Pechère in 1987. In this medicinal garden, a veritable botanical portrait of the humanist Erasmus, some one hundred plants known to 16th century doctors, including helleborus, wormwood, wild ginger, houseleek, knotgrass, pilewort, tetterwort, daisy and mullein are grown, which Pechère arranged in 16 blue-stone-bordered raised beds. He was inspired by the gardens of Renaissance Italy, combining a collection of simple plants worthy of the best herbalists. Behind this garden “of the body” lies a philosophical garden, created by the landscape architect Benoit Fondu in 2000, to encourage people to think. Taking inspiration from the text of “The Religious Banquet”, written by Erasmus after his stay in Anderlecht (1521), a garden map has been created in a series of flowerbeds, in which visitors can admire the plants and flowers that Erasmus, the first great European, would have seen during his countless travels. A garden of the physical and the metaphysical, it is home to a series of “philosophical chambers” created by contemporary artists which are invitations to sit and enjoy the passing of time or debate with friends, because, as Erasmus reminded us: “Where there are friends there is wealth”. (Listed 26/03/1998).

Guided tours of the garden. Saturday and Sunday at 11h00 and 15h00 (French) and at 14h00 (Dutch).
Guided tours in sign language, Saturday at 14h00 and Sunday at 10h00 and 12h00. In cooperation with the association Arts et Culture.

Practical information

  • rue du Chapitre 31
    1070 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00
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      Maison d’Erasme/Saint-Guidon-Erasmushuis/Sint-Guido