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Flower Carpet 2010 © City of Brussels - Eric Danhier (click to zoom)

Flower carpet

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Every 2 years, the Grand-Place of Brussels is covered with a carpet of flowers. These flowers are begonias.

Story of the Brussels Flower carpet

Officially, the first flower carpet was born in 1971 on the Grand-Place. It was the work of the landscape architect E. Stautemans, who was inspired by other carpets created in diverse Flemish cities. The peculiarity of the Brussels Flower carpet is of course its place on the Grand-Place.

The manufacturing of the carpet

Flower Carpet 2008 (click to zoom) This carpet of 77 m X 24 m is realized in several stages. It is planned one year in advance. Projects with scale reproductions are elaborated on the basis of the subject. The number of flowers and the combinations of colors are then determined.

The life-size drawing of the carpet is put on a transparent and micro-drilled plastic sheet. The carpet then has to be made by approximately 120 volunteers who install near a million begonias (at the rate of 300 by m3) within 4 hours.

A carpet during a weekend

The Flower carpet is installed only for 1 weekend (Assumption Day). The access to the Grand-Place is free. A panoramic visit (with access to the City Hall) can also be made.

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Practical information

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VisitBrussels
City hall
Grand-Place
1000 Brussels [plan]

Tel. : 02 513 89 40

Telephone hours : From Monday till Friday from 9 am till 5 pm.

Enter the city

Boulevard Jacqmain and Max in one-way direction

Since 9 December 2014, the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain and the Boulevard Adolphe Max are only accessible in one-way direction.

Boulevard Jacqmain and Max in one-way direction