The beautiful garden of May & Axel Vervoordt

/The beautiful garden of May & Axel Vervoordt

The beautiful garden of May & Axel Vervoordt


As a lot of you know, 2 times a year, in summer and in winter, the castle of ‘s-Gravenwezel, owned by our famous Belgian antiques dealer and decorator Axel Vervoordt, is open for public.

As I am a huge admirer of the work of Axel and his wife May, I won’t miss any opportunity to visit the castle.

I thought about you, all my readers and blogfriends, and wanted to share with you some pictures I took of the castle and its gorgeous garden! The weather was so beautiful this Friday, so I was able to take a lot of good pictures to share.

Unfortunately, we are not allowed to take pictures of the inside of the castle, that we have to respect because Axel Vervoordt and his family live in it.

I hope you will enjoy the tour of this fantastic garden!

If you want to read more about Axel Vervoordt and his castle, please visit


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The entrance gate of the castle.


Foto 288 The back of the castle.


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The entrance.


Foto 350   A view seen from the balcony.


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Another view from the balcony.

Every where around the castle you notice the beautiful rhododendrons.


Foto 333 A lovely terrace in front of the entrance of the castle.


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Isn’t that a gorgeous orangerie?!!


Foto 295 Notice the wisteria!


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May vervoordt loves to bring in flowers and plants inside the castle. In every room of the castle you notice flowers of their own garden.

Foto 307 A view from inside the orangerie towards the pool.


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I call this a still life of stones.


Foto 309 There are the rhododendrons again!


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Me, sitting in the outhouse (one of my favorite places in the garden) in front of the pool. A wonderful place to relax!


Foto 367Only a part of the huge kitchen garden!!


Foto 377 What do you think about the boxwood ? Beautiful isn’t it!


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Every  where you walk you discover something surprising!


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Foto 371 Throughout the garden there are places to relax…


Foto 358 …to dinner!


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Foto 363 A beautiful weathered oak table.


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Foto 386  And after spending a fantastic afternoon and enjoying the castle and the garden, we had to leave the castle!

Thankful to Axel Vervoordt and his family for sharing with us their beautiful private home, I am looking forward already to the winter exhibition!


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SignatureAll pictures are taken by me.

By |2018-07-11T10:57:27+00:00May 30th, 2010|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , , |61 Comments


  1. Desde my ventana Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM - Reply

    Hi Greet,
    What a beautiful post!! I love the summer light of this garden.Stunning white wisteria!!!
    Have a nice sunday,

  2. Kerry Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM - Reply

    What an extraordinarily beautiful place. I do hope the white wisteria I planted a few months ago one day looks like this…even though I certainly don't live in a castle!

  3. Home and Lifestyle Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    Wat een geweldige plek….alles klopt gewoon! Maar wat een klus om dat allemaal bij te moeten houden…daar ben je de hele dag druk mee!

    Een fijne week Greet! Lieve groet, Ingrid

  4. Lynda Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM - Reply

    ooooooooh Greet, dat moet inderdaad een fantastische middag geweest zijn!!! wat een mooooooie plaatjes!!!! Die orangerie doet me denken aan Praag….daar staat het zomerhuis van de vroegere "queen" daar zijn ook stallen bij die nu gebruikt worden als orangerie…..prachtige gebouw, ook vand e buitenkant….

    Fijne zondag!


  5. Room Seventeen Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM - Reply

    Magnifiek! Je hebt er vast veel inspiratie opgedaan!
    Groetjes Hennie

  6. Ariadone Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    Goeiemorgen Greet, mooie zondag ( hoewel het hier regent nogal ). Wat een geweldige plek om te zijn zeg, daar in die tuin(en). Jij als diva op de bank: mooie vrouw in mooie tuin.
    Dank je wel voor deze post, ik ken Vervoordt werk wel een beetje.

    Lieve groeten

  7. Ariadone Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM - Reply

    ps. Ik zal he weblog nog eens op mijn Xanga blog zetten voor de Amerikanen…zien ze ook weer eens waar België groot in is !

  8. Petra Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM - Reply

    …een droom die echt bestaat. Je past zelf ook heel mooi in het plaatje. Bedankt voor het meegenieten.

    Fijne zondag,
    liefs Petra

  9. Things That Inspire Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM - Reply

    Greet, how beautiful! Thank you for posting your magnificent pictures.

    I love how the pool is in its own outdoor room defined by the hedges. I also like how there is grass on the far side, but stone on the near side.

  10. Boxwood Terrace Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet – The castle gardens are spectacular and thanks for sharing so many photos. You must have wanted to stay all weekend. I know I would!

  11. La Petite Gallery Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    Dearest Greet,
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful trip. Awesome. I have never seen a moat around a castle. The wisteria had me. I love wisteria, what a gorgeous place.

  12. Callie Grayson Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful day you had walking the grounds of the castle!
    Gorgeous, just completely gorgeous gardens. The bent wood chairs are quirky and I so need to find some like them!
    Were you able to go inside? I know it's their private home but it would be really nice to walk the inside.

  13. French-Kissed Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM - Reply

    Dear Greet,

    I can't thank you enough for taking us along on this wonderful garden tour. I absolutely love the orangerie framed with the white wisteria. And you my dear look stunning…another beautiful adornment in this truly amazing garden setting.


  14. Balsamo Antiques and Interior Design Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    had the pleasure of visiting castle in the fall and winter
    never got to see the gardens in bloom
    thanks for the tour

  15. anouk Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM - Reply

    Magic place to dream…What a garden!…and every thing it´s absolutely gorgeous.Thanks for bringing us such a present.

  16. FrenchGardenHouse Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful tour! The orangerie is a favorite, that wisteria is beyond gorgeous. So glad you had the weather on your side, too. I know it's been a rainy spring there. Always so lovely to visit you, Greet. xo Lidy

  17. Charlotta Ward Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 3:50 PM - Reply

    Wonderful wonderful!
    I love that you walked us through this amazing place and that we got a glimpse of you.

    Hope the rest of the weekend has been just as sunny and lovely for you and your family.

    xx Charlotta

  18. Berta F Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 3:58 PM - Reply

    Saluda … fantástico castillo … y son muy amables con ustedes vestido blanco ….. me encanta el vestido de Berta summmer …¡¡¡¡

  19. Digs Inside & Out Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM - Reply

    Greet you are so lucky! I have always wanted to go there but have never been in Belgie at the right time! I am so jealous! Thank you so much for the tour! Heel mooi!!!!!

  20. Alice Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM - Reply

    I can recommend the twice yearly garden and plant festival at Aywiers in Brabant Wallon if you enjoy this sort of beautiful setting. I try and go every year:

  21. Vanessa@decor happy Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM - Reply

    What a breathtaking garden! Must be a magical place to visit. I love how the orangerie is a new build (80's) but looks like it has been there all along.

  22. vosges paris Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 5:41 PM - Reply

    een werkelijk prachtig huis , tuin… als je had gezegt dat jij de vrouw des huizens was had ik je ook gelooft, je ziet er super mooi uit en past helemaal in het plaatje.

  23. ~lb Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 7:15 PM - Reply

    Thank you so much for taking us on the tour with you! As you know, I am a big Axel fan too. Coincidentally, I shared an image just yesterday of an arbor/outdoor dining area from the Vervoordt's estate. As the saying goes….Great minds… 🙂 All the best, LeAnn, linen&lavender

  24. Mayflower Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 7:16 PM - Reply

    Hoi Greet, wat een overweldigende foto's van een prachtige tuin. De orangerie is ook prachtig met de witte regen.
    Volgens mij heb ik weleens een reportage van hem gelezen in de Wonen Landelijke Stijl.
    Ik heb genoten van deze mooie tuinwandeling, de regen komt hier met bakken uit de lucht, dus dit had ik even nodig.
    Fijne week en een lieve groet, Mea

  25. Tania - Grange de Charme Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 7:21 PM - Reply

    Greet, what a wonderful post ! thank you for sharing all these pictures ! the garden is so beautiful ! and the window frames of the orangerie with the wisteria so gorgeous …

  26. *Ingrid* Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM - Reply

    Ik sluit me aan bij Mea Greet!! prachtig weergegeven je mooie middag in zo een mooie omgeving!en de orangerie zo sprookjesachtig!!heb zeker ook meegenoten!


  27. Ann Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM - Reply

    Thank you for sharing such a sight with us!

    Most of us will probably not have the opportunity to visit the castle in person, so you were our ticket in.

    Such things dreams are made of!

  28. jamesxvi Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    Greet, so glad you enjoyed your day and lucky to have you take us along for a virtual tour. Thank you for sharing these fantastic and inspiring photos!!

  29. Viera Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM - Reply

    Wonderful place to live. Just perfect! Thanks, Greet for sharing with us.

  30. Emom Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:15 PM - Reply

    Wonderful photos….and I love the outdoor dining….smiles.

  31. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll Monday, May 31, 2010 at 3:59 AM - Reply


    These images are just wonderful. What a glorious day and experience. So happy for you and thank you for sharing with us. Hope you are well.

  32. Fabulously french Monday, May 31, 2010 at 6:43 AM - Reply

    Bonjour Greet, Merci beaucoup for sharing such beautiful photos – the property is stunning!

    A bientot,

    Leeann x

  33. Greet Lefèvre Monday, May 31, 2010 at 8:20 AM - Reply

    Thank you so much for all your nice comments!
    If you ever will have the chance to visit Belgium, you should visit the castle of 's Gravenwezel, but be sure that it is open the time you are in Belgium!!!
    And Callie, yes we went inside the castle!! It is an amazing castle with all rooms decorated with beautiful pieces of antiques!

  34. FLOMI Monday, May 31, 2010 at 2:43 PM - Reply

    I use to go there every end of Novembre, with the Xmas atmospher, it's magic ! i love belgian decoration as it can be seen in my french guest house, le 33, in Picardie ! Thank you for your wonderfull photos !

  35. Velvet and Linen Monday, May 31, 2010 at 4:35 PM - Reply

    What stunning garden inspiration! I love how the Vervoordts have created so many outdoor rooms to enjoy. Their wisteria is incredible. Thank you so much for taking us with you. You look beautiful sitting in the room by the pool!


  36. Daniella Monday, May 31, 2010 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    Wow. This is seriously gorgeous… my dream garden! You're so lucky you got to visit there…

  37. Debra Phillips Monday, May 31, 2010 at 10:29 PM - Reply

    nearly speechless greet, beginning with the first photograph. oh i must make plans to go!

    did you plan on coordinating so well with the sofa in the out house? you are lovely inside and out

  38. Ursula Monday, May 31, 2010 at 10:41 PM - Reply

    Castles are so romantic! What a wonderful way to spend the day.

  39. Splendid Willow Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 4:41 AM - Reply

    Greet, what a place! (I don't think I have ever seen a private residence like that).

    And you look stunning, with a bunch of people admiring you! (:

    I can get get over that there are so many beautiful areas to have dinner al fresco. With beautiful, old trees as roof tops. Amazing!

    (But have they not seen your blog? They should give you a private tour – inside!! Call their PR people, or I will!)

    ox, Mon

  40. Oliveaux Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:58 AM - Reply

    Hi Greet…..just beautiful. Thank you for the tour of his magnificent garden, such a wonderful treat. Axx

  41. The Zhush Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 1:42 PM - Reply

    Greet! This is too good….just like a fairy tale or a dream!

  42. This Photographer's Life Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM - Reply

    Greet, that's one of the most amazing places I have ever seem. SO beautiful! Thank you so much for the tour. If I lived there I would eat outside for every meal!

  43. Fer Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 3:09 PM - Reply

    Your pictures are incredible, you blog is one of my favorites, thank you!

    I come from brazil and the decoration in there is also amazing,more conteporary, they use a lot of white and neutral color with a tropical twist, if you have time check it out on my blog…

  44. Trouvais Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 4:51 PM - Reply

    Beautiful Greet…love it when you take us along on castle tours…especially Axel Vervoordt's! Great photos. Love the simple path treatment, greenhouse, everything. Thank you! Trish

  45. Anci Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 5:33 PM - Reply

    Wow ! If they have a gardener I wonder if he/she wants to work with me ? 🙂 It looks just wonderful.
    I like the photo of you and the people in the mirror very much.


  46. Amy Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 6:19 PM - Reply

    Greet, What a wonderful experience! The gardens and grounds were stunning, as a Landscape Designer I am drooling! Thank you for sharing, it made my day! Happy Spring! *Amy

  47. Zaira Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM - Reply

    Greet, this place is just heaven!!! I hope to visit better Belgium and I will surely remember to visit the castle you recommended.
    Hugs xoxo

  48. pont des lions Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 10:24 PM - Reply

    The orangerie is marvellous and I like very much the yellow of the façade which give a Mediterranean touch.
    Thank you for this report.

  49. Marija Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 11:42 PM - Reply

    Greet these are so lovely. I want to say that the pictures are as good as the real thing but I am afraid I'd be lying…your pictures are indeed AWESOME but I just know that to be there in person is beyond amazing! So envious! Hope you enjoyed it as much as it seems! xo

  50. Kifus Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 12:57 PM - Reply

    Ohhh I want to be a princess and live with my prince charming in this castle! It is truly breathtaking and I wouldn't change a thing! A pity we cannot see the inside which I'm sure is as stunning as the gardens. Thanks for showing your photographs, you look lovely in the outhouse!

  51. Pat's Addition Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 6:22 PM - Reply

    What beautiful spaces. How to decide where to eat must be a challenge!

  52. Miss Baptista Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 6:41 PM - Reply

    dat ik dat heb gemist !
    Op een boogscheut van mijn woonst,
    ik had je er tegen het lijf kunnen lopen
    en u herkent
    maar jij mij lekkerkes niet
    en dan had ik achteraf een grapje kunnen uithalen
    en gij maar denken wie is ze toch
    miss baptista ?
    Mar ik weet zeker
    We will meet
    sometime …..


  53. CÉLINE CHOLLET Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 8:06 PM - Reply

    Greet !
    C'est un endroit extraordinaire que je connaissais déjà en photos :
    dans le superbe livre "Intérieurs flamants" de mon ami Piet Swimberghe
    et du photographe Jan Verlinde, qui viennent d'ailleurs de faire un reportage chez moi pour leur nouveau livre !

  54. Linda Merrill Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM - Reply

    Just got to spend time with these photos – gorgeous! Thanks for being our tour guide!

  55. Henriette von Stockhausen Monday, July 18, 2011 at 9:05 PM - Reply

    How amazingly beautiful, I am a huge fan of his work but have never been there. Thank you!!

  56. Jamie Keifer Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 9:49 PM - Reply

    Wow! This is a fairytale come to life. The garden alone is an enchanting sight. It is a good decision by the owner to open the castle to the public twice a year. It may be a bit time consuming and difficult to maintain a garden this grandiose, but the effort truly paid off. What I am missing is a variety of colors. I would love to see flowers too. Nevertheless, this is still one of the best I’ve seen in a long time!

  57. Shona Martinez Monday, August 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM - Reply

    I only see castles with spectacular surroundings on books and television shows. That’s why I agree with Jaime. This is indeed something out of a fairytale book! I think this is perhaps the most beautiful garden in their community. Don’t you think so? Going there and spending for traveling expenses will surely be worth it. =)

  58. Elizaveta Kramer Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM - Reply

    There is no doubt Mr. Axel Vervoordt was able to design and create an elegant and flawless garden. It shows in his enormous castle and his huge garden that he is indeed an exceptional artist and interior designer. Brilliant! Oh, I wish I could have a house with a green and tranquil environment.

    Elizaveta Kramer

  59. Katy Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM - Reply

    The idea of a castle itself is already stunning; what more if it has an awesome garden? I’ve always had a fascination with castles, and right now, I feel so envious. Anyway, were there any living sculptures there? I hope I can visit that castle too.

    Katy Eagles

  60. Le Prunellier Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM - Reply

    I just came across your great photos. Do you where I can find out when the castle is open to the public (i.e. when those two times a year are).

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