Brussels in the summer can be lovely. And it is at its best on sunny days when the flower carpet is out.
It takes 100 gardeners just four hours to put the carpet together. 300 flowers per square meter are packed together so tightly, without soil, that they will not blow away with the wind. With some 75,000 flowers in total, they create their own microclimate.
The carpet is made of begonias due to their resistance to the elements (always essential in Belgium) and wide range of available colors. 80% of global begonia exports come the Ghent region of Belgium – making it the world’s largest producer. Landscape architect E. Stautemans actually thought of the idea of the carpet to promote the flower. I’d venture to say it worked.
The carpet has been an official part of the Brussels summer calendar – every other year – since 1971. But Brussels is not the only city to have seen the carpets. Stautemans has been asked to create carpets for Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and also Buenos Aires and Columbus, Ohio!
Voila – your facts of the day. And hopefully another travel destination on your list.