The Gardens of the Erasmushouse

The Erasmus garden is a garden of pleasure and knowledge consisting of a first garden of medicinal plants by the garden architect Réne Pechère (1987). In this garden, which you could see as a botanical portrait of the humanist, there grow about one hundred plants from the 16th century which Erasmus used to treat himself when he was ill. Behind this ‘garden of the body’ there lies a second garden, which is, as it were, the garden of the first garden. It is a philosophical garden that can be helpful in making it possible to conceptualise the world. Based on the text ‘The Religious Banquet’, which the humanist wrote after his stay in Anderlecht (1521), a number of cartographical flower beds were laid out in the spring of 2000, in which visitors can admire plants and flowers that Erasmus, the first great European, saw during his numerous journeys. This place, a garden of the body and a garden of the world, contains a number of ‘philosophical rooms’ shaped by modern day artists. All these ‘rooms’ invite us to repose so that we can enjoy time as it slips by or exchange reflections with friends, for as Erasmus said:

‘Where your friends are, there is your wealth.’

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