I went to Leuven’s Botanical Gardens during my first full day there. An odd choice of destination, I suppose, considering it was a day where it was constantly either raining or threatening to; I ended up spending a lot of time there underneath trees and other covers. Despite that disadvantage, especially when the greenhouse was between exhibits and so had nothing in it to see, I enjoyed my time there, and took a lot of photos.
Ironically I came to the main entrance last, a little gatehouse containing a map of the gardens and other details, as well as a dry bench I was very grateful to have by then. Great doors wide open on either side, out of which lay streets on one side and gardens on the other.
I came in through the adjoining gate instead, and began the quest of seeking shelter from the rain. Initially I found a bench with this lovely view:
That corner of the garden also boasted some pretty silver ferns:
I then ducked under some nearby trees, which stood with a much shorter one:
This area of the garden led to boxed plots which individual plants were planted, including two water plots for water plants:
At the end of that were plants in pots, including one that had been knocked down:
Another tree had branches and leaves that cloaked it enough that from one angle it appeared to have no trunk, though the trunk was visible from another:
Near that tree was a back area, where plants were grown by a typical Leuven brick wall.
The back of the garden also had a artificial stream, which flowed from a pair of small ponds in one section, and terminated in a great lake:
There were also statues decorating the garden, including at least one girl who could sit about in the rain in no discomfort:
Some plants near her:
The latter photo was one of the trees I saw when I took shelter in the shadow of the greenhouse. Here’s another one:
The benches all announced themselves as belonging to the Leuven Botanical Garden:
The cactuses kept in the greenhouse were not properly on display, but at least there was one growing outside to look at: