Brussel's Floral Carpet (8 Photos)

3 year ago · Dana Barker Davies · 0 Comment
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Every two years in August, the Grand Place in Brussels (Belgium) gets a wonderful makeover. Tourists from all over the world make their way to see the spectacular festival of flowers in the shape of a carpet. For a few days, visitors can see more than a million beautiful begonias masterfully arranged, resembling an oriental rug. Belgium is notorious for its production of begonias and as of today, the country cultivates 60 million begonia tubers every year, making it the world's largest producer.

Brussel's Flower Carpet

This breath-taking carpet is on display in August every two years since the early 70s. The organisers of this event found the Grand Place to be the most suitable spot, providing not only a great atmosphere, but also an opportunity to view the carpet from up high in exchange of a small fee.
Brussel's Flower Carpet

When It All Began

The first flower carpet was made in 1971. It should come as no surprise the tradition continued to this day, since the carpet got so much positive feedback!
When It All Began

How Big Is It?

The display covers a full 24 by 77 metres (79 by 253 ft), for area total of 1,800 square metres (19,000 sq ft), which is nearly the size of a small football pitch!
How Big is it?

How Many Flowers?

A total of 700,000 flowers аре used to create this magnificent floral carpet. Put together for the few days of the exhibit, they create their own micro climate.
How Many Flowers?

Flowers Used

All the flowers (begonias and dahlias) are hand packed, one by one. Every square metre of this beautiful carpet contains around 300 individual locally-grown flowers.
Flowers Used

In The Making

Around 100 experienced gardeners come over to Grand Place to put the carpet together. They do so in just 4 hours!
In the Making

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