Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Two years ago I missed the Brussels flower carpet, because the weather was too bad to take good pictures. This year I had the opportunity to show it to my guests Claudie and Pierre from Southern France ! The sun was shining and the weather perfect to admire this beautiful work ! 

The first flower carpet on the Grand'Place in Brussels was created in 1971  and since the Grand'Place hosts this event every two years.

The succes of the Brussels Flower carpet is mainly due to the beauty and diversity of the Begonia.  The begonia gives a rich range of colours to a floral ensemble.

For this year, the theme was Africa and the design drew inspiration from the tribes of Ethiopia, Congo, Nigeria, Botswana, and Cameroon. To compliment the begonias, and help create the African motif, the designers included barks, sands, soils and pigments in the design.

Nearly one million of begonia flowers were used in this display. It is meticulously designed and all the flowers are brought in on the same day.

photo "borrowed forever" somewhere on Internet 

The whole carpet takes only four hours to ‘build’ with a dedicated team of gardeners working like furies to complete it in as little time as possible.

We arrived at the entrance and I saw the freshly in gold painted facades of the beautiful buildings. All Restaurants and cafes were full !

an overlook on all sides

These blue things in the back are for the sound and music show, taking place as soon as it becomes dark.

The flowers were already 3 days old but looked amazingly still fresh

as you can see there were lots of people !

When we had a drink in a café, I had to go to the toilet which was located on the second floor. Of course I tried to find a window to take pictures of the whole carpet from above

and I found a window ! It just looked breath taking !

If you wish, here is a link to the Flower carpets year by year


Fun60 said...

What a beautiful tapestry of colour. You would not realise it was made up from flowers.

Jenny said...

This is amazing. I just saw a photo of the 2008 carpet, the first I had heard about it. I will definitely go next time since I live an hour and a half from Brussels. Thanks for sharing your photos. They are beautiful. xo Jenny

Anonymous said...

Wow wow wow! Breath-taking shots!

eileeninmd said...

It is beautiful, gorgeous shots of the flower carpet. Wow, the florists must work very hard to get this done in four hours. Lovely flowers and photos. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

Danielle said...

Wow...I love that carpet of flowers. I had never heard of it before. I can't believe it only too four hours to create such a beautiful piece of live art. Wonderful!

carol l mckenna said...

What an amazing event ~ fantastic photos ~ Wonderful ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor)

imac said...

Amazing sight.

Sylvia K said...

Incredible, Gattina, and your captures are awesome! Such incredible colors! The first thing I thought about was the tulip festival in The Netherlands that I got to visit as well as our tulip festival here in Washington, but I've never seen begonias like this!! Incredible! So much colorful beauty!! Thanks for sharing your trip with us today!

Unknown said...

Wow!! What a carpet. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

Lifecruiser Travel said...

It do look totally amazing! What a work to get it done - and very artistic I think. Having seen the Bollenstreek flower parade in Haarlem near Amsterdam with its million of flower figures, I'm still very impressed by this flower carpet too!

...and lucky you and Claudie and Pierre that got to see it in sunshine!!! (It ahs been too little of that this summer, even for us moving around in Europe!)

LindyLouMac said...

Calling by from Our World Tuesday, your world looks stunning in these photos. I have seen similar events but on a much smaller scale.

claudie said...

Les photos sont magnifiques!!! Quel travail et quel merveille au beau milieu de la Grand Place! Bruxelles est une ville merveilleuse! Un tapis incroyable qui magnifie cette architecture extraordinaire!

Loree said...

Amazing! Such artistry.

Marleen said...

I can't believe how huge this flower carpet is! Amazing, love the pictures.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gattina that really is breathtaking! I am nearly speechless. How wonderful to see this.


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