The Antwerp City Gardens








You might remember my post about saturation (cleverly called “I can’t get no saturation”) last year, where I posted a pathetic two photos of a small trip we made to the city gardens. Shame on me. So when we were in Antwerp to clean up K’s apartment last week, I decided it was time to get the camera out again and see how my beloved flowers were doing. To say that they were doing great would be an understatement. They seem to have multiplied, and so did the amount of butterflies and other creatures flying happily busy around. This year, I didn’t saturate the photos. To be honest, they’re barely touched. I’m still surprised to see how beautiful the bokeh is that my 55-300mm lens does, and how deep the depth of field is with this lens. A friend of mine got the 70-300mm as a gift to himself last week and of course he wanted to test how his telezoom lens would do compared to mine. Boys will be boys, aye! Mine’s cheaper, and with it’s larger range (245 compared to his 230) I should have more unstable images and grain when at shooting full length zoom. I’ll show you the photos we made (or at least mine, not sure if he’ll agree on getting his up on le blog) next week and then we’ll see who did best!
There are two city gardens (that I currently know about) in Antwerp. One is located at the Theaterplein (Theater Square) and the other can be found on the Leopoldstraat. They are a mere few meters apart from each other! The garden maintained near the Theater is a prairie garden. It is designed with plants that require little to no care at all and the plant beds are filled up with lava stones, so that no weeds can grow. Through out the whole season the city’s greenery workers only have to come by and tend the garden twice: once for planting and once for weeding / pruning! Sounds like your dream garden, doesn’t it!?

The garden found on the Leopoldstraat is Antwerp’s botanical garden. It might seem small when you first look upon it, but there’s a greenhouse with cacti that’s accessible during the weekend and next to the greenhouse there’s a small gate that leads to an open square that is surrounded by a grandeur of flowers, trees and bushes as well. The botanical garden is a favorite spot for Antwerpian bloggers to get their outfit photos taken. I myself have been there, and so have Paulien and Elien, and probably many more! (We love that magnolia tree!). Both gardens are free to enter. The prairie garden can best be visited during June – September, in my opinion.

See last years post about the prairie garden here

And my post about the botanical garden here

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  • The gardens are just so beautiful! I would love to visit them! Your pictures are gorgeous! Love the one with the bee!


  • I have been here a few times and love your blog and would love it if we could follow each other on bloglovin! I am following you there now and would love if you did too! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Fun to see more photography posts from you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wauw, de foto's zijn echt prachtig!

  • woah i can't believe these photos are barely touched! they look SO GOOD. that lens of yours is amazing. i have one of those too but im usually too lazy to tinker around with it haha. look what i have been missing!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  • these flowers look wonderful!

    s. x

  • Truly stunning pictures sweetie!
    You're a natural!


  • Nikki, these photos are phenoms! absolute dream garden is right!! i can imagine they'd each be lovely spots to explore in depth and super fun for photo ops, as seen here. bravo to your awesome camera maneuvers girl, you've created stunning results. lovin' little bumble-bee sighting too! โ™ฅ

    ps: heard the news about Belgium's new King Philippe – certainly exciting times for all ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow, lovely photos! My family was discussing a possible trip to Europe soon and since Belgium holds a special place in our hearts, I'll keep these gardens in mind for when we visit ( I sure hope we do!)


  • Fay

    Super mooie foto's! Ik wou dat wij ook zo'n stadstuin hadden in Breda

  • I'm always a sucker for close-ups of nature and flowers, and these are just beautiful!

    Xo, Hannah

  • Heel mooie foto's Nikki!

  • so beautiful baby…

    Today one special post in the blog: WATERPARTY

  • Pretty pretty photos!!

  • K&R

    i love flowers! these are beautiful.


  • Glad you were able to go back for round two, and it was clearly a huge success. These photos are so gorgeous!
    Chic on the Cheap

  • prachtige foto's weer, echt heel mooi, je hebt talent!

  • mooie foto's!

  • Amaai, echt prachtige foto's zijn het geworden!

  • Lovely photos! Especially the one with the cute little bee ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad you have these gardens in the city to enjoy. They sound so easy to take care of too!

    Away From Blue

  • these photos (and flowers) are absolutely beautiful!

    Lady ร  la Mode

  • Stunning pictures! I can't wait to see more!


  • Echt heel erg mooie foto's!

  • Wow these photos are absolutely gorgeous and stunning.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Oh these photos are beautiful! The flowers are stunning ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Friday!


  • U foto's zijn altijd zo zo mooi!!!

  • hah…love that title.
    And these photographs. They are simply put…amazing!!

  • such a beautiful art <3

  • I love botanical gardens. It's such a calming environment. Such a necessity when daily life is just a hustle and bustle. Anyways, lovely photo, Nikki ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S. I got your button up on my blog!

  • Wauw echt mooie foto's! Ik moet ook eens langs die tuinen gaan want ik ben er nog nooit geweest…

  • Wauw echt prachtige foto's! En amai voor een zoomlens krijg je inderdaad al een geweldig bokeh effect. Ik moet zeggen op mijn 50mm krijg ik bijna hetzelfde effect. Bloemen zijn zo zalig om te fotograferen. En die Botanische tuin heb ik inderdaad al in wat posts gespot ๐Ÿ™‚ als ik nog eens in Antwerpen ben ga ik er eens passeren ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Oh my, these photos are so beautiful! You're one talented lady, these don't need any touching up! If I ever make it to Antwerp, I would love to visit either of those gardens ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So pretty, flowers are even more beautiful close up ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mili from call me, Maeby

  • ohh nice flowers pics!!


  • Beautiful photography! I'm a big fan of nature photography and of close-ups! Love the vibrant colors!

  • ik wil ook zo'n mooie foto's trekken! en dus een zotte camera:D
    echt prachtig!
    xo Charlotte – Aliceroxy

  • Prachtige tuinen, amaai!
    Mooie foto's