Having arrived in Brussels in 1909, Alice and David van Buuren purchased, towards 1927, a piece of land on Avenue Léo Errera/Léo Erreralaan. There, they built a villa and hired landscape architect Jules Buyssens, Inspector of Plantations and Parks for the City of Brussels, to design the layout. Although he would develop a number of parks in this public role, he continued to offer his services to private clients. For the Van Buurens, he conceived a “picturesque garden” on a sloping and confined site. A salle de verdure or “green room”, a herbaceous border, ponds, a flower wall, rockeries, beds of heather and conifer trees line a central lawn, offering varied views both from the house and from the garden itself. Benches, arbours, stepping stones, pavilions and picturesque pathways further enhance the beauty of the site. The garden has been recently renovated and restored to its original splendour. The maze covers an area of 100 m2 with a total length of 380 m. In 1958, the same René Péchère had replaced the tennis court with a rose garden. He also designed the famous Jardin de Cœur or “garden of hearts”, one of the site’s attractions, a veritable backdrop for the philanthropic couple’s home-cum-museum. (Listed 17/04/1997)
Exhibition of seventeen sculptures by Anthony Caro.
There is a €5 charge for admission to the museum.