The chateau and grounds at Hex are surrounded by lush gardens as well as parks, farmland, orchards and forests. Hex dates from the late 18th century and has, over time, managed to preserve its atmosphere, its traditions and its unique character.The gardens and grounds are maintained by professional gardeners who want to show and share the intricacies of their art to an interested public.
Ticket: € 10 pp.
Annual card: € 16 pp.
Members Garden Clubs: € 8 pp.
Free under 16 y
Acces difficult for wheelchairs and prams
No dogs allowed. Free Parking
FRIDAY 8 – SATURDAY 9 – SUNDAY 10 JUIN
from 10 am until 6 pm (last tickets 5 pm)
Apart from delightful walks and guided tours in and around the gardens throughout the day, special displays of interest to gardeners will also be on show, such as:
2018 EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
The historic plants, roses, fruit, vegetables and annuals of Hex, plus those of the many nurserymen on their stands.
Humus : silver Achillea millefolium (yarrow) as an indicator of the composition and condition of the soil. The plant has therapeutic effects and can be used in snacks, teas and tisanes. Demonstrations on the stand by Marc and Bénédicte Verhofstede.
Cruydt-Hoeck : explore biodiversity in the garden, both on their stand with Jojanneke Bijkerk, and during a walk with Jasper Helmantel.
EXPLORING EDIBLE PLANTS
Explore edible plants with Roger Phillips, followed by a demonstration of preparation, cooking and tasting.
THE MEDICINAL GARDEN
The ‘Jardin de Santé’ d’Herba Sana, designed by Isabelle Cornette, in collaboration with Ortis and Herba Sana.
Isabelle and Luc Vanderkragt will take you on a discovery walk, highlighting 25 medicinal plants, which are essential to create a healthy garden. They will also show you how to make remedies for your own natural family pharmacy and prepare delicious and healthy recipes. Taste a surprise treat on the stand after the walk!
Bees, honey plants, butterflies, beneficial insects are of vital importance not only to garden health but to the survival of mankind,
Silene : seeds and planting materials for bee and butterfly plants, including NEW pressed flower pots, so that everyone can cheaply lure bees into the garden.
Planterij Groenstraat 13 : On his stand Rik Storme shows you how to combine bee plants with other perennials.
Cruydt-Hoeck : Jasper Helmantel takes you on a bee plant walk, showing you where it is good to plant bee plants and explaining how beneficial they can be in certain areas.
De Bierkreek : useful insects or ‘cleaners’ in the rose and kitchen garden. Hans van Hage goes into the garden looking at parasitic wasps, gauze flies, ladybugs, earwigs … and he will show you his own population of solitary bees among the roses on his stand
25 years of Hex’s rose and vegetable days
Nurserymen and other participants will focus on displaying ‘silver’ plants on their stands, and explaining their uses and benefits.
De Nieuwe Tuin : ‘Silver shades in the vegetable garden’. A selection of gray, silver and shiny vegetables and herbs for a beautiful, edible, sparkling, Peter Bauwens garden (including pumpkin, beet and sorrel). In June, the stand will feature the planting material, in September it will show the mature plants and seeds.
Planterij Groenstraat 13 : featuring a silver (gray) border and an explanation by Rik Storme about the benefits and usefulness of plants with silver (gray) leaves
Daniëlle Houbrechts : walk along silver herbs and plants with nurserymen; learn about their uses and taste ‘Hex’ tea made of silver herbs.
Rosa ‘Mieke Vanlommel’, won by Wilko Karmelk / Ferdinandushof
‘De Mooie Moestuin’ (The Beautiful Vegetable Garden), by Julia Voskuil, ed. Forte Groen.
This superbly illustrated book offers tips and inspiration for growing and eating your own homegrown vegetables.
‘Le Jardin des Merveilles’ Herboristerie simple et gourmande pour prendre soin de sa nature (‘The Garden of Wonders’, easy and gourmet herbal remedies to look after yourself), by Isabelle Cornette
Peter Bauwens / De Nieuwe Tuin: radishes for all seasons.
The roses launched in HEX will be exhibited and sold at the winners’ stands, amongst others by Lens Roses, who have 25 different
Plants dedicated to HEX will be exhibited and available for sale at the growers’ stands
A perrennial floral meadow in border form, its benefits and uses, at Planterij Groenstraat 13
Tea plants (Camellia sinensis) for our climate at Rozenkwekerij De Bierkreek
HEX Sept. 2018 : 8 & 9
Tuinen Kasteel Hex
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