“Keep love in your heart. A life without love is like a sunless garden where the flowers are dead. The awareness of loving and being loved gives such warmth and riches to life that nothing else is capable of bringing. “
We are in Belgium to visit a magical place.
It is a crystal garden, a greenhouse, more precisely an orangery belonging to an uninhabited castle. Unfortunately, the castle can not be visited ,as it is alarmed and guarded by the owner, but we find this greenhouse easily accessible and with incredible charm.
The castle was built in 1780 in classicist style with a wonderful landscaped park full of lakes and beautiful plants.
The property was sold in 1859 to a Baron. The beautiful outer greenhouse of the royal complex has an enamelled iron structure with sinuous columns and decorations. The iron frames were not covered in glass but in precious crystal.
The Crystal Garden was the flagship of the entire residence.
Unfortunately, nowadays, the passing of the years, the negligence, and the signs of the bad weather led to the decay of this orangery. The wild climbers plants are now invading part of the greenhouse, giving it a neglected but fascinating aspect. In town it is rumored a possible restoration of the entire property, that may be converted into a luxury hotel.