Holy begonias! Do you know what 1 million begonias looks like? It looks like this Carpet of Flowers in Brussels, Belgium. Every other year, since 1971, the Grand Place courtyard turns into a Carpet of Flowers to promote the lovely begonia. Chosen above all for its qualities of robustness, resistance to bad weather and strong sunshine the begonia guarantees the long life and freshness of the carpet. It also provides a rich range of colors - from vivid colors to delicate pastel shades, with in between, the parti-colored and white flowers which reflect the light so well.
2008's carpet was based on the patterns of the 17th Century French Savonnerie tapestry. How is this done? A perforated plastic with the design on it is laid down and the spaces between the floral design areas are filled with rolled turf. The stems are packed so tightly, 300 stems per square meter, directly onto the stone, so they won't be blown away. No soil is used at all. The next display will be August 15-17, 2010. Below is a video of the nighttime presentation with its special lighting and most beautiful musical score!
Thanks to Sprout Flowers in Worchester, Massachusetts for the heads up on this fabulous floral display!