I hope lots of you got a chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather yesterday on the day off and maybe even some time in one of Brussels’ great green spaces. There are so many lovely parks and gardens in the city to discover, and now I’ve found two more to add to the list, both which offer something unique. As a child one of my favorite books was The Secret Garden, so I’m always excited to find “hidden” spaces!
If you love hearing new music and summer evenings in the garden, then Oh My Garden is for you. Started by three photography students in 2011, this is a series of concerts held in a private garden. One of the founders, Pauline, started the concept while living in New York and brought it back to her own garden in Brussels to share music and promote young artists.
The style of music is acoustic folk, which fits the cozy setting of Pauline’s garden (31 Rue Dillens, near Place Flagey). There are no reservations, so admission is on a first come, first served basis (max 120 people). Doors open at 6pm and the concerts usually go until 10pm. Food and beer is on offer as well.
To date Oh My Garden has held 10 concerts, and the next one is planned for 24 August. There is no set entrance fee, so audience members pay what they choose to give, which is then given to the artists. Check out some of the past concerts online at YouTube and Vimeo.
Another “secret” garden worth visiting is in somewhat of an unusual place. The biennial Parckdesign, an initiative dedicated to public space planning, has turned abandoned lots in Anderlecht and Molenbeek into gardens. Landscape architects and artists converted about a dozen deserted spaces, developing a route along the canal for the public to enjoy.
There are a couple of interesting ways to discover this green space. Hop on the Trash Taxi which takes passengers around the Parckdesign projects and explains the concept through video interviews with local residents. The tour starts every hour between 1pm and 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Curo-Hall (7 Rue Ropsy Chaudron, 1070 Anderlecht). There are also guided walking and bike tours of the area. This Saturday 18 August Voir et Dire Bruxelles will hold a walking tour at 2pm (French) and on 9 September Pro Velo will hold a bike tour at 2pm. Maps and guide books are also available at the Curo-Hall.
P.S. Something to look out for in the future – a farm on the roof of the old Anderlecht slaughterhouses! Scheduled to be operational by 2014, the project will include a 3000 m² farm, a new restaurant and store all based around sustainable, local products. Read more here.
Images via Oh My Garden and Flanders Today.