- from 7 January 2019 until 28 February 2019
The winter season is a special time for Arboretum Kalmthout. When
most other gardens are hibernating, the Arboretum garden is fully
alive with winter blossoms. The witch hazels (Hamamelis) are truly magical. Indifferent to cold
or snow, the yellow, orange and red blossoms on bare branches spread a
powerful but wonderfully sweet perfume through the entire
The witch hazel collection is the oldest and largest in Europe and includes some of the largest and oldest known examples. A special walking tour past all the winter blossoming plants has been laid out through the garden.
During the Witch Hazel Festival there are organised tours with
Dutch-speaking guides hourly on Sundays. The first starts at 11am, the
last at 4pm. At 2pm there is a tour with a French-speaking
The tours last about one hour and take visitors past the witch hazels and other winter-blossoming plants.