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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  1. 25 July 2013 / 14:43

    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! 🙂


  2. 25 July 2013 / 15:02

    Fun to see more photography posts from you 🙂

  3. 25 July 2013 / 17:11

    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

  4. 25 July 2013 / 17:54

    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! ♥

    ps: heard the news about Belgium's new King Philippe – certainly exciting times for all 🙂

  5. 25 July 2013 / 18:02

    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!)


  6. 25 July 2013 / 18:27

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

  7. 25 July 2013 / 18:28

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

    Xo, Hannah

  8. 25 July 2013 / 23:42

    Pretty pretty photos!!

  9. 26 July 2013 / 03:09

    i love flowers! these are beautiful.


  10. 26 July 2013 / 03:35

    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

  11. 26 July 2013 / 09:46

    Lovely photos! Especially the one with the cute little bee 🙂

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

    Away From Blue

  12. 26 July 2013 / 12:34

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


  13. 26 July 2013 / 13:10

    Echt heel erg mooie foto's!

  14. 26 July 2013 / 16:49

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

  15. 26 July 2013 / 17:57

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

  16. 27 July 2013 / 02:49

    such a beautiful art <3

  17. 27 July 2013 / 04:42

    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 🙂
    P.S. I got your button up on my blog!

  18. 27 July 2013 / 07:36

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

  19. 27 July 2013 / 11:06

    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 🙂 als ik nog eens in Antwerpen ben ga ik er eens passeren 😀

  20. 27 July 2013 / 22:42

    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 🙂

  21. 31 July 2013 / 00:48

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

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