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User:Meneerke bloem

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fr-N Cet utilisateur a pour langue maternelle le français.
en-3 This user has advanced knowledge of English.
nl-3 Deze gebruiker heeft gevorderde kennis van het Nederlands.
de-2 Dieser Benutzer beherrscht Deutsch auf fortgeschrittenem Niveau.
af-1 Hierdie gebruiker het basiese kennis van Afrikaans.
it-1 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello elementare in italiano.
la-1 Hic usor simplici latinitate contribuere potest.
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Cyclamen hederifolium

My name is Réginald Hulhoven. I am living in Veltem-Beisem near Louvain, Belgium. I am both French- and Dutch-speaking. Because of my former occupation I am also practising the English language.

My professional careerEdit

I am taking advantage of my retirement to devote myself more intensely to botany.

My passion for botanyEdit

Since my adolescence I have a passion for botany. Botany has become in a way a second occupation.

My passion for gardening began about twenty years ago. I have a passion for above all rock plants and botanical bulbs - particularly hardy autumn-flowering bulbs, of which I have about thirty different species - and garden cyclamens. Within this framework I have special contacts with specialised nurseries of botanical bulbs as Verberghe Bloembollen, Rita van der Zalm and De Bolle-Jist, and of perennial plants as Jan Spruyt-Van der Jeugd, and experts as Mark Griffiths and Jan Bravenboer.

I am friend and botanical adviser of Ivo Pauwels - a green author well-known in Dutch-speaking Belgium - whom I have met about ten years ago during a memorable garden tour in Portugal. Shortly thereafter Ivo made an article on my hobby and we progressively became friends. Ivo has said once that my garden - although relatively small - was a living herbarium. I am reviewing and criticising his books and his articles in order to ensure their botanical accuracy.


I am regularly participating with Ivo and other green journalists in garden tours. So, we have visited gardens and natural reserves in Portugal, Madeira, the Canary Islands, France, Wales, Ireland, and Belgium. I am often visiting the garden fairs, among others that of Beervelde and of Hex. I have written some botanical articles in Les Jardins d'Eden – De Tuinen van Eden, among others about hardy autumn-flowering bulbs, Araceae, cyclamens, Actaea species and snowflakes, and about the flora of the Pyrenees. I have also been an advisor of botanical books edited by Ludion. Meneerke bloem (English: Mister Flower) is my nickname, given by friends of my future spouse, when I was a student at the University.

My contributions to the Wikimedia FoundationEdit

Since February 2007 I am contributing to the French site of Wikipedia, since January 2008 to the Dutch and English sites of Wikipedia and since September 2009 to the German site of Wikipedia.

I have uploaded about 5,000 pictures, mainly of botanical bulbs, alpine and rock plants, and tropical plants. See my uploads. I am also regularly classifying and categorising pictures of plants, and moving incorrectly named pictures of plants. I am taking advantage of the wise advice of Wayne Ray and Túrelio.

Botany Barnstar.png Botany Barnstar
Dear Réginald, this botany barnstar is offered in gratitude for nearly 4 years of contributing to Commons, helping with your botanical expertise in the classification of unidentified species, including the valuable mentoring work in your „Ghislain project”. Your first plant image upload, File:Cyclamen hederifolium.jpg, was on February 9, 2007. --Túrelio (talk) 16:11, 31 January 2011 (UTC)


PH-3 This user is able to take high quality photographs.




Noia 64 apps karm.png This user has been on Commons for
7 years, 7 months and 13 days
45 This user is born in 1945
Melon casaba.jpg
Beli-hibiskus.jpg This user's favourite subject is Botany
Crocus ligusticus1.jpg This user loves autumn-flowering bulbs
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