Bokrijk Arboretum

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Belgium - Genk (Bokrijk)

Institution Code: GENK

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

Thousands of Cyclamen hederifolium enjoying the dappled shade provided by a group of Malus sieboldii
Thousands of Cyclamen hederifolium enjoying the dappled shade provided by a group of Malus sieboldii

About the Bokrijk Arboretum

The domain of Bokrijk is 550 ha large and is managed by the Province of Limburg. The arboretum comprises 18 ha and was established at the beginning of 1965. It was initially designed as a Systematic collection, but in 1985 it was transformed into a landscaped garden with a mixture of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.

The arboretum specializes in Holly (Ilex spp.), having the largest reference collection of this genus in Europe. This resulted in it becoming an official Holly trial garden affiliated with the American Holly society.

The arboretum is also home to the national Bamboo collection and large collections of Quercus, Magnolia, Rhododendron, hardy ferns and hardy Cyclamen.
Other landscaped theme gardens of interest include a wetlands garden, a woodland garden, a fern garden, and a Mediterranean garden.
Separate from the arboretum, in another part of the domain, is an herb and vegetable garden, and an historical fruit orchard.

Main Address:
Bokrijk Arboretum
Provinciaal Domein Bokrijk
Bokrijklaan 1
Genk (Bokrijk)
B-3600 Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)11 26 53 61
Fax: +32 (0)11 26 53 60
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Liesbeth Kees
    Curator's Name: Jeroen Franssens
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Sven Bronckaers
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1960
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 18 Hectares
  • Total Area: 18 Hectares
    Latitude: 50.9669
    Longitude: 5.4898
    Annual Rainfall: 830 mm
    Altitude: 47.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 18
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 15000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 8000
  • Special Collections:Ilex, Magnolia, bamboo, Hardy ferns, Rhodondron, Quercus, hardy Cyclamen.

    Ilex test garden affiliated with the American Holly society.
    National Bamboo collection affiliated with The Belgian Bamboo society

Conservation Programmes

  • Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes