The art of making floral carpets is very old and is in vogue in several countries where floral carpets are generally made on some religious or social occasion. However carpets in other places are not as beautiful as the carpets created exclusively from begonias in Brussels.
The tradition in Brussels was first started in 1971 at the Grand Place when the landscape architect E. Stautemans made first giant floral carpet. Thereafter carpets were made here in 1976, 1979, 1980, 1986 and then every second year.
The floral carpet show for year 2010 was held during the
About 700,000 flowers are used in the carpet making and every time a different theme is undertaken. The planning work starts a year in advance. Once the theme has been decided, the number of flowers and colour combinations are estimated and the outlines prepared. A day before start of the event the square is cordoned off and rolled grass turf is laid in the square as per pre-planned sketch to fill-in the empty spaces between the floral pattern. On the main day about hundred experienced gardeners take about four hours to complete the giant carpet, measuring about 77 x 24 metres, by closely packing together one by one, begonia flowers of different colours. It is arduous work and a very tight packing is made (300 flowers per square meter) so that the flowers are not blown away by the wind.
The dense packing of flowers can be seen in this picture taken during the August 2008 show.
Image from Flickr is by gbatistini
Image from Panoramio is by Noisette
Images and details of recently concluded 2010 floral carpet can be seen this post.
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