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Garden travel: Brussels’ famous flower carpet

Last summer, while traveling through Europe, I had the chance to visit the Grand Place in Brussels. It was by far one of my favourite places and now, a year later I can’t help but be a little jealous that I missed the over 750,000 colourful begonias that helped transform this historical city centre. Every two years in August, the Grand Place in Brussels is taken over by an enormous carpet of flowers. Started in 1971, by landscape architect E. Stautemans the tradition has continued due to its popularity and well, remarkable beauty.

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This year’s celebration marked the 50th anniversary of Turkish workers migrating to Belgium. Paying homage to Turkish culture, the carpet’s design depicted traditional patterns found in Turkish kilims.

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Measuring 75 metres by 25 metres it takes over a hundred experienced gardeners and volunteers four hours to put together this giant floral jigsaw.

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Lasting only as long as the flowers themselves, this year’s flower carpet was on display from August 14th to 17th. If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Belgium, why not wait for the next flower carpet, which will be on display summer 2016.

Have YOU visited Brussels to see its famous flower carpet?

{Photos courtesy of www.flowercarpet.be}

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