Tuindagen Kasteel van Leeuwergem – Garden Days at The Castle of Leeuwergem September 17th & 18th

/Tuindagen Kasteel van Leeuwergem – Garden Days at The Castle of Leeuwergem September 17th & 18th

Tuindagen Kasteel van Leeuwergem – Garden Days at The Castle of Leeuwergem September 17th & 18th

1Castle of Leeuwergem

As most of my readers do know, I love visiting castles and earlier I have written a few blogposts about our Belgian castles.

About two years ago I wrote a blogpost about this magnificent Belgian castle because of our visit to its annual ‘Garden Days’ exhibition.

To read click here.

This year the exhibition will take place September 17th and 18th.

Before talking about these Garden Days’, let me first tell you something more about the beautiful Castle of Leeuwergem.

The castle of Leeuwergem is a fortified castle in the territory of Elene, part of Zottegem and is one of the most interesting and authentic rococo styled castles of Belgium.

At the end of a one kilometer long lane, you discover an almost quadrangular castle, balanced in line and form, in the middle of flower beds, on an elevated piece of land surrounded by water.

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The Castle was built in 1764, on the site of an earlier castle of the first half of the 15th century, and is now become part of our Belgian cultural heritage, classified as Historical Residence in 1973.

A charming little chapel on the first floor, dedicated to the four evangelists, is still in its original condition as the day of the consecration in 1764.

Today the domain is privately owned by the Baron and Baroness Baudouin della Faille d’Huysse – Pauline de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck. After his father passed away In 1987, the Baron and his wife and their 2 children Adrien and Rose-Alie, moved in.

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Its elegance is both inside and outside given by the French Louis XV style. Rocaille decorations, shell motifs and curved lines are predominant.

16Beautiful curved frontdoor of the Castle.

Foto 007 Cast iron lantern.

39Rococo style ornaments.

12Back side of the castle.

57A glimpse inside the castle.

The castle is surrounded by a 32 hectare park traversed with ponds.

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The gardens are a combination of a classic French and a romantic English garden park.

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The entire landscaping was entrusted to Jean Baptiste Simoens of Ghent in 1761 and was completed around 1785.

Foto 026 Pond of the sphinxes.

Foto 025 Sphinxes, protectors of the castle domain.

Amid the ponds, statuary, and the bridges, which provide a pleasant walk, is situated the “green theater” ,simultaneously simple and grandiose, entirely built in hornbeam (carpinus betulus) and unique in Europe. Its construction dates back to 1764 and accommodate 800 spectators in this privileged environment, where concerts and theaters can be organized.

4Tall oak and beech trees of a hundred years old are the backdrop for a perfect sound reflection.

5Guests attending a wedding ceremony!

3 Along the pond, a statue of ‘Diane Chasseresse’ (Diana goddess of the hunt) showing us the way to the Green Theater.

The spacious conservatory is part of the ancient castle, dating from the time of Louis XV.

21The orangery (Conservatory).

During winter it was the storage place for the big pots of flowers and orange trees. The orangery was completely restored in 1992, in compliance with the 18th century style. The Baron and Baroness received the award for best restoration of historical homes.

Next to the orangery is another outbuilding, the carriage house or coach house.

41Coach house.

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The “Pumpkin” as the theme of this year’s “Garden Days”.

The Baron and Baroness themselves are carrying a lot of work in and around the Castle. They try to take the costs of maintenance of the castle, the outbuildings and gardens around, as much as possible for their own account. But costs of maintenance are huge and the owners needed to find a way to generate revenues for the preservation and restoration.

The preservation of buildings and gardens requires constant maintenance and endless restoration. Therefore we need to revitalize the area to protect our heritage.’ explains Baron della Faille d’Huysse.

So, a few years ago, the couple decided to open the Castle domain and to start organizing their annual public ‘Garden Days’. They are welcoming visitors to walk around the castle’s gardens and enjoy the exhibition that counts a lot of exhibitors showing their garden related products.

Pictures of passed annual ‘Garden Days’.

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Exhibitors offering their garden related products.

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1st foto's 014Inside the orangery : one of the exhibitors selling beautiful etchings.

Do you remember, I brought home with me these 4 etchings of grape vines to hang in our orangery.

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Visiting the ‘Garden Days’ can be educational as well as fun : learn more about the different kind of owls !

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The theme of this year’s “Garden Days” is the ’Pumpkin’.

Visitors are able to enjoy a walk in the gorgeous vegetable garden of the Castle and to discover the most beautiful – and lots of different kinds of – pumpkins.

6One of the so many pumpkins to discover!

Congratulations to the Baroness for her fabulous vegetable garden, which she personally, and with great care, has created!

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Pumpkins everywhere!

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About a week ago, Jan and me were thrilled to be invited by the Baron and the Baroness to have a preview of the Garden Days! We spent some wonderful hours chatting with these lovely and generous people! And we visited the gardens as well as the inside of the castle.

I couldn’t withhold you from sharing some of the pictures I took that wonderful Sunday morning.

42As we arrived at the castle, the weather was gorgeous and the Baron came in from a check tour on his property.

55Jan took this picture of the Baron and Baroness and me in front of the castle.

48We started our tour along this alley.

Foto 018One of the first things Jan and me wanted to see, was the ‘Green Theater’.

The Baroness told me that the ceremony of her daughter’s wedding took place at the ‘Green Theater’!

Foto 021One of the statues we came along. The god Apollo.

18I do love the huge statues of the sphinxes!

Foto 027In my thoughts I can see the 18th century summer parties which took place here ! Don’t you?

13We continued our walk along the backside of the castle.

Foto 037The Baroness and me stopped to say hello to the lovely donkeys, the castle pets!

And we continued along the beautiful orangery…

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…to arrive at the vegetable garden of the castle.

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Fruit trees, vegetables and a lot of other plants to discover here!

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At the back of the vegetable garden is situated the pool and a remarkable poolhouse with its more or less pagoda shaped roof.

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The pumpkin as the central theme of this year’s Garden Days.

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24Jan and the Baron were changing thoughts about gardening!

27 Tasting figs!!

25Every single plant in the garden is named.The name is written on a slate tile. Love this!

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The greenhouse.

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32Different kind of pears growing along the castle wall.

Foto 074And not to forget the beautiful flowers.

Foto 079 At the end of our tour, the Baron and Baroness were so kind to offer us a drink.

If you are like me and you love visiting castles, you love nature, you love vegetable gardens,,you love garden exhibitions or you would love to walk in one of the most beautiful gardens of Belgium, please be sure to be a visitor of these wonderful ‘Garden Days’! You won’t regret it!

To my international readers who are visiting Belgium those days, be sure to arrange your schedule in order to visit the Garden Days at the castle of Leeuwergem.

I hope to meet you there!

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To read more about the castle , please visit the gorgeous website of The Castle of Leeuwergem.

www.leeuwergem.be

or watch the video about the Castle of Leeuwergem

by clicking on the image below :

VideoVideo about the Castle of Leeuwergem

For more information about the ‘Garden Days’ , click HERE.

If you are interested to organize your own festivity in the gardens or in one of the beautiful outbuildings of the castle, as the orangery or the coach house, please make a request HERE.

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I am sure that each of your lovely comments would be a pleasure to read for the Baron and the Baroness.

I would love to thank the Baron and the Baroness for their hospitality and for taking the time to take us around their gorgeous property!

And I do hope they will succeed in their purpose to preserve the castle for their descendants!

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Images source : – website of The Castle of Leeuwergem www.leeuwergem.be

& pictures taken by me

With permission of the Baron and Baroness della Faille d’Huysse

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32 Comments

  1. eclecticrevisited Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet,
    what a beautiful castle and such lovely grounds and gardens..would love to attend Pumpkin Day and see everyone milling about and enjoying themselves…every detail is so beautiful..love the moss growing on the stone statue base..
    thank-you for sharing..
    best,
    maureen

  2. Renée Finberg Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM - Reply

    magnificent.
    the hedges blew me away, and the tree lined lane reminded me of the movie 'private benjamin'.

    and i too once had a donkey….
    i divorced him.
    hahahah
    they are too cute!!!

  3. Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM - Reply

    Oh my, it is all so breathtaking. A true feast for the eyes. Would love to attend Pumpkin Days. I'm sure that will be a fabulous day. Thanks for sharing all the beauty. Mona

  4. peggy braswell Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM - Reply

    How divine! I watched the video's(one gets to see the inside of the castle also) + have sent this to a client for her to visit in Sept! That out door theater is beyond the beyond! What a treat to see all of this. Thank you for sharing. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  5. Thoughts on Design Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 4:40 PM - Reply

    Oh how I wish I could celebrate my birthday on Sept 17 at Garden Days. (I will once again be 29…) On that Saturday, I will be more than happy to settle for sitting at my computer with a glass of wine (A nice minerally Alsace or a refreshing Sancerre perhaps…) and a few snackies and re-visit your post, Greet!

    Cheers,
    John

  6. Tricia Rose Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 5:49 PM - Reply

    Oh, that potager! It is all breathes order, taste and continuity, I wish I could fly over~

  7. Malvini FF Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 8:19 PM - Reply

    What an extensive post … such joy in reading … also love the pictures …
    vxx

  8. Angela Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet, I would love to visit this beautiful kasteel, but we will be moving back into out home in Schoten, Antwerp on the 17th. Could you tell me, is there some website or other where I can find out when such open gardens are? I know that there are open monument days here too, which I have to luck up. I mailed you a couple of days ago to ask you if you know when Axel Vervoordts kasteel is open to the public this winter time, do you happen to know please.

    Angela

  9. Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 9:22 PM - Reply

    Greetings from California! I love your photographs and who doesn't love a castle? I get to Europe every couple of years. Wish it was a lot more frequently! Beautiful places to visit!
    Cheers,
    Barbara

  10. Kris Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet,

    Thank you for sharing your tour of this wonderful castle. There is much to see and one can tell how loved this castle is by the maintenance that has been provided. I love the beautiful hedges, statues, and moss covered pots.

    If I remember correctly, when I was in Belgium, pumpkin soup seemed to be a staple served at dinner where we were.

    Kris

  11. under spanish moss Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM - Reply

    Greet, what a lovely day you must have had. The castle, gardens and grounds are so beautiful. We adore the green theater. What a wonderful place!
    Angela and Renee

  12. Sallie Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 12:15 AM - Reply

    Thank you for the pictures of this magnificent castle. And thank you to the Baron and Baroness for preserving this treasure and for sharing it with others. I would love some day to see it in person.

  13. Greet Lefèvre Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 7:06 AM - Reply

    My dear Angela,
    Could you please email me your emailaddress?!! I can't find it anymore! Sorry for that!
    xx
    Greet

  14. Maison de lin Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    Helloreet,

    What a wonderful and beautiful "Blogspot". This should be a very nice experience to visit such a wonderful area. Congratulations to the owners for one of the most beautiful castles in Belgium. They maintained this domain to perfection and with so much love.

    Thanks to sharring this whit us.

    Greetings
    Jérôme

  15. Anna at the Doll House Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 7:53 AM - Reply

    Hello Greet

    When I visit Belgium, I will try to combine my dates with one of the castle open days. It is a magnificent property and thanks so much for your tour.

    Anna

  16. Velvet and Linen Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 7:56 AM - Reply

    What an incredible experience!
    I don't know where to start. Thank you to the Baroness and the Baron for sharing this magical place with everyone.
    I love the combination of very formal gardens and the less formal kitchen garden. The pumpkins are fantastic… and the pears growing on the wall! Divine!!!
    I wish I was able to visit with you. Perhaps on our next visit?
    Thank you, Greet for the beautiful garden inspiration.

    xo
    Brooke

  17. Castles Crowns and Cottages Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM - Reply

    LIEVE GREET,

    Well,you have sparkled here with all that I love. Castles, cottages, décor that is beyond beautiful, gardens, fruits, donkeys….royalty!!! EVERYTHING I LOVE! My dear, you have captured a classic beauty that never grows old….

    Much love, Anita

  18. Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM - Reply

    Definately on my list TO SEE!!!!!!!!!!Beautiful.

  19. Luciane at HomeBunch.com Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 5:56 PM - Reply

    This is a stunning place. Everything is meticulously kept and I can just imagine how much the Baroness and Baron need to do to keep everything the way it is. They have my admiration for their respect to this place and surroundings.

    Your post is extremely beautiful. Not only the images are gorgeous, but also the way you tell us the story of this castle.

    By the way, I want to thank you so much for your comment today. It made knowing you enjoy my blog that much. What a honor, my friend!!!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  20. Ideezine Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM - Reply

    Greet,

    Thank you for such a wonderful post! Castles are what dreams are made of and this one is exceptional. The grounds, statues, hedges, home and buildings, the gardens and all the good things that go with a Castle such as this. Best of luck to the Baron and Baroness on the future of such a lovely castle and the pets!

    Bette

  21. Acquired Objects Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 12:02 AM - Reply

    Now I know what our property is missing a pond and a green theater! How amazing is that green theater? I love all the moss covered statuary around the one pond/pool and know it’s old since we’ve been trying to get moss to grow on our one piece of statuary for 16 years now and nothing but it has color. I know the Baron is a good man since he drives John Deer equipment we have the same tractors. I love the Cinderella pumpkins the Baroness has growing over the arbor. What gracious people to open their property a couple days a year looks like a great time.

  22. Decor de Provence Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 3:31 AM - Reply

    To think that all this beauty is in your back yard;) What a dream – every image is breathtaking! Thank you for always sharing such inspiration! I wish you and your beautiful family all the best!

    lol,
    Desiree

  23. penelopebianchi Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 5:29 AM - Reply

    OH Greet! Thank you so much for this totally amazing post! The green amphitheater (so important to show people in it! Brilliant!)

    (the mown path through the tall grass…….(so much better than lawn!) The pumpkin tunnel……I almost fainted! (building one asap!)

    The whole heavenly place took my breath away! The donkeys were so sweet. what faces!

    Thank you for showing us all a slice of heaven! And understated; gracious lovely taste.

    Rare.

  24. theROOM Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM - Reply

    Oh! sooooo pretty!

  25. The enchanted home Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM - Reply

    What a breathtaking treat!!! It reminds me a little of your home and that setting is just out of this world!! I so enjoyed the tour and it was so gracious of them to allow everyone to follow along!! Thanks for sharing…its so great to be back in blogland!

  26. Cassy Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM - Reply

    Great shots!
    My fave is the 2nd photos of tall trees.
    Amazingly beautiful..

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

  27. French-Kissed Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM - Reply

    Wonderful of you to share your private tour of these castle gardens…while I love interiors, I always seem most intrigued by the grounds and gardens of these grand places. I guess it might be because all of us could imitate some aspect of the gardens in our own setting. I love the reflecting pool and would love to have one on a much smaller scale of course in my own garden. You do take us to some amazing places and might I add that you always looks so beautiful and stylish in the process. Do enjoy these last days of summer and the upcoming Pumpkin party.

    Jermaine

  28. Splendid Willow Friday, September 2, 2011 at 5:04 AM - Reply

    Magnificent, Greet! Thank you for the lovely tour and for introducing us to the Baroness and the Baron. I am so glad they are sharing their extraordinary property with the general public. I am sure it enriches many peoples lives! What a setting!

    Beautiful post my friend.

    ox, Mon

  29. desde my ventana Friday, September 2, 2011 at 8:20 AM - Reply

    Stunning Greet!! thank you for sharing this experience. The gardens, the details….fabulous and the firts picture looks really awesome.

    Warm hugs

    Cecilia

  30. Renae Moore Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 1:21 AM - Reply

    So lovely Greet….what a beautiful day! I especially love the wedding guests tucked away in the hedges!

    xo

  31. Donna in Potomac Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 2:45 AM - Reply

    Greetings from Maryland! I thoroughly enjoyed this personal tour of Leeuwergem. It's clear to see all the love and care that has gone into the preservation of these historic grounds. For anyone who thinks that Baron's and Baroness's sit idly while others tend to their Castle grounds would clearly be…mistaken!

  32. Céline Chollet Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 5:20 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet !
    Me voici de retour de vacances !
    J'ai bien profité de mon cheval dans les grandes forêts…
    Quelle bonne nouvelle si vous achetez aussi votre cheval !
    Ce château de Leewergem est magnifique quelle belle visite, merci !
    à bientôt !
    Céline.

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