In the winter we welcome you to Arboretum Kalmthout for the Witch hazel festival. Originally everything revolved around the witch hazels (Hamamelis), but now all winter-flowering plants are celebrated. The arboretum garden specialises in this. A specially planned walking route takes you past all the winter-flowering plants. You can pick up the relevant route map from the reception desk.
Thematic walk - witch hazels and winter-flowering plants
From January 5th to February 29th 2024 there are Dutch-language guided walks every day at 2 PM. The walks last about one hour and take you past the witch hazels and other winter-flowering plants.
You can request a thematic witch hazel and winter-flowering plants walk at any other time.
Miss Witch Hazel contest
During this playful activity, the most beautifully flowering witch hazel is chosen. Are you the proud owner of a Hamamelis? Bring a branch in bloom with you and try your luck! Who knows, maybe your branch will take the title of "Miss Witch Hazel". All entries will be given a number, after which a professional and public jury will judge the branches. There are various categories: best red, best yellow, best orange, best perfumed, and an overall prize: the best of all.
Miss Witch Hazel takes place each year on the last Sunday in January.