Welcome on our webite
Welcome on the website of Cactussen & Vetplanten. We are a Flemish society for lovers of cacti and other succulents. With over 400 members, we are one of the largest clubs in Belgium.One of the most important activities of our society is the organisation of the yearly spring and autumn show. In the past years we have already welcomed a lot of foreign visitors. This year we are making an extra effort to attract succulentophiles from here and from abroad to this unique exhibition.
At our shows you can see more than 40,000 succulent plants in a greenhouse and outside. The collection has been built over the last 57 years - most of the plants are seed grown - and it is said to be one of the largest private collections in Europe.
The 200 m2 greenhouse is stuffed with beautiful plant tablets as well as a lot of plants in pots. There are plants of 50 years and older as well as young seedlings. Outside there are another 600 m2 of succulent plants. Behind the greenhouse there is a botanical garden with thousands of cacti and other succulents planted out between rocks and lava. This garden is unique in our climate. Mid May at least 20 members of our society start bringing the plants outside. The whole operation takes about 4 days. After the autumn show everything is brought back inside for the winter. In 1997 we installed as an extra a big pond with plants and rocks. At the back of the garden you will find several other tables with thousands of cacti and other succulents on it.
The collection can also be visited by groups between end May and mid September. You can get a guided tour with explanations on the hobby and the collection. A visit can be combined with a visit to the nearbymall of Wijnegem, with its 245 shops one of the biggest of Europe. Hotel accommodation can be arranged and there is a camping place in the neighborhood. Don't hesitate to contact us.