Begonia Carpet in Brussels’ Grand Place

Every other year, a magnificent carpet of begonia blossoms is created in front of city hall in Brussels. This stunning tradition started in the early '70s to promote the cultivation of begonias. This year's show started on  August 14th and will last for 5 days.

 

Brussels pays tribute to the vibrant colours of Africa with stunning carpet of 600,000 begonias on Grand Place

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Its merchant palaces already dripping with centuries-old gold leaf, the Grand Place in Brussels has now been decked out with 600,000 stunning begonias in a giant tribute to Africa.

The flowers have been painstakingly woven into a 1,800sqm carpet inspired by the tapestries of Ethiopia, Congo, Nigeria, Botswana and Cameroon.

Basking in fittingly balmy temperatures, the display has taken over what is already one of Belgium's biggest visitor attractions and is expected to be viewed by 100,000 people over the weekend.

 

 

The begonias, chosen for their qualities of robustness, resistance to bad weather and strong colours, were cultivated in the Gent area of the country

The first Floral Carpet in its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans and has been hugely popular ever since.

Here are some images of begonia carpets from previous years. To see more images, click here

 

 

 

 

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