Brussels' Flower Carpet Reviews
Beyond Gorgeous!! Jun 13, 2011
This is a very timed event.... it only comes around every 2 years in August and last for about 3-4 days. It is always on even numbered years.
We were lucky enough to be living in Belgium during this time... and to this day, I use some of the pictures I took as screen savers. They are so beautiful.
It takes 12 months of planning, and the design is a closely guarded secret until the flowers are laid on the ground in the Grand Place. I understand they try to get them down in about 4 hours!! This seems impossible considering there are 750,000 Begonia's to be laid in a special pattern!!
The history began in Ghent as they began to produce some 60 million begonias! About 80% for export. The very best are used for the Flower Carpet.
It began in 1971. I have the names of the carpets up until 2004.
But I will give you a sample beginning with....
1992: Brussel, Capital of Europe
1994: 50th anniversary of the Liberation
1996: a French Garden
1998: Carpet inspired by North Eastern Turkish craft
2000: Brussels lace
2004: Art Nouveau ** This is the one I saw **
You may pay a small fee to go upstairs in one of the buildings that surround it to have a better look, and to take photos.
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Flower carpet in the Grand Place Aug 13, 2010
Every two years the Grand Place of Brussels is covered with a flower carpet for one weekend in August (from the 13th to 15th in 2010). The artisans in charge pack in 750,000 flowers into a tight knit pattern, on a different theme each year. The theme for the 2010 carpet is the Belgian Presidency over the EU, interweaving the symbols of Brussels, Belgium and the EU.
The carpet itself is free to visit, but you can also climb up to the lower balcony of the Town Hall to get a better view for €3.
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