Kalmthout Arboretum

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Institution Code: KALMT

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level III

About the Kalmthout Arboretum

A Dream Garden
Awarded Merit by the Internatlional Dendrology Society in 1984
The oldest trees of Arboretum Kalmthout were planted by Charles Van Geert, now more than a 150 years ago. His nursery developed to a major tree-garden thanks to Van Geerts successors: Antoine Kort and Robert & Jelena de Belder.

Throughout the whole year, Arboretum Kalmthout is worth a visit.

Carpets of flowering groundcovers freshly sprouting Japanese maples and the delicate blossoms of cherry and apple trees herald the arrival of spring. Whilst hundreds of Rhododendrons turn the garden into a festival of colour.

A summer palette of Hydrangea’s, roses, Agapanthus and dahlia’s may be enjoyed during a gentle stroll through the garden or while relaxing on bench in the shade. The butterfly garden reaches its peak: exploding with colour, teaming with butterflies and other insects. During the summer there are several evening walks and concerts in the garden theatre.

Autumn is marked by a plethora of fruit in all shapes and colours, a veritable banquet for birds, squirrels and other animals. Many trees have also been planted for their striking autumnal foliage. The arboretum is the prefect place to celebrate an ‘Indian Summer’.

Contrary to what most people think, the winter garden is filled with flowers! The arboretum boasts a world renowned collections of witchhazels (Hamamelis), but there are hundreds of other winterflowering shrubs and plants that will delight you. For several decades the arboretum has organised the ‘Hamamelis Festival’ to celebrate these extraordinary winter bloomers.

Main Address:
Kalmthout Arboretum
Arboretum Kalmthout evap vzw, Heuvel 8,
B-2920 Belgium

Telephone: 32 (0)3 666 6741
Fax: 32 (0)3 666 33 96
URL: www.arboretumkalmthout.be
Primary Email: info@arboretumkalmthout.be

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ir. Abraham Rammeloo BNT
    Curator's Name: Ir. Abraham Rammeloo BNT
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 6
    Educational Staff Number: 18
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 6

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1856
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 13 Hectares
  • Total Area: 13 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.0000
    Longitude: 4.2500
    Annual Rainfall: 800 mm
    Altitude: 12.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 64 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 300
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 13
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 40000
    Number of Volunteers: 50

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 7254
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4019
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes