The Rose Garden at Vrijbroek Park

Mechelen, Belgium

Vrijbroek Park, acquired by the government in 1929, was designed as a very formal 19th century landscape park and the one and a half hectare rose garden became its centerpiece. In addition to the 122 rose beds there are standard roses, weeping standards, Climbers, espaliers of lime trees, box parterres and yew pyramids.

In 1994 a second rose garden was opened. This garden allows one to walk through the evolution and history of the rose. Mr. Louis Lens, the renowned rose breeder, provided great support by donating his collection of Old Rose varieties to this garden.

Since then a third garden has been added which showcases the wild roses of Belgium and where roses are planted according to their botanical classification.

The Rose Garden at Vrijbroek Park