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Come and admire the Flower Carpet at Brussels' Grand Place
Since 1971, every 2 years, the Grand Place in Brussels has been carpeted with flowers covering hundreds of m², each time with brand new motifs and more original from year to year.

Laid flower by flower (begonias) by horticulturists from Ghent, directly onto the cobblestones of the square, it's also illuminated and adorned with fountains. This tapestry of plant life can be admired from the balcony of the Town Hall, which is open to visitors.

The manufacturing of the carpet

This carpet is realized in several stages. It is planned one year in advance. Projects with scale reproductions are elaborated on the basis of the subject. The number of flowers and the combinations of colors are then determined.

The life-size drawing of the carpet is put on a transparent and micro-drilled plastic sheet. The carpet then has to be made by approximately 120 volunteers who install near a million begonias (at the rate of 300 by m3) within 4 hours.

The Begonias

The beauty and diversity of all these Carpets is largely due to their main component, the famous begonia. Chosen above all for its qualities of robustness, resistance to bad weather and strong sunshine the begonia guarantees the long life and freshness of the carpet. It also gives it is rich range of colors – from vivid colors to delicate pastel shades, with in between, the parti-colored and white flowers which reflect the light so well.

This flower, the ideal ornament, which is already traditionally used in pageants and floral corsages, is also much loved by householders who use them to brighten their balconies and windowsills and embellish their flowerbeds. 80% of the total production of begonias, a native of the West Indies, cultivated almost exclusively in the Ghent area since 1860, is exported. Belgium cultivates 60 million begonia tubers every year, and is recognized as the world's largest producer.

Flower Carpet

Where: Grote Market 1000 Brussels

When: August 14, 2014 to August 17, 2014

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