The new garden will be a museum gallery, albeit one without a ceiling. Thanks to the colour advice of fashion designer Dries Van Noten, the future garden is a garden for all seasons, where you can enjoy colour 365 days a year.
The corridor with deciduous trees and two arcades with vistas create an impression of denser growth. A total of 8,835 plants have been selected: 39 trees, 4,170 perennials, 612 climbing plants, 3150 bulbs and stinzen plants, 346 shrubs, 438 hedge plants; 30 orangery plants and 50 water plants.
The garden will contribute to creating a better climate in the heart of the city. The planting mitigates higher temperatures, flooding during heavy rainfall, urban noise and large amounts of CO2 and particulate matter in the air. Moreover, the garden will become more accessible, including for people with reduced mobility and pushchairs.
Work on the new garden is expected to start from October, at which point the current garden will close to visitors. The Rubens House will remain open up to and including 8 January 2023.