Friday, January 20, 2012

Brussels' flower carpet

So, Brussels has just sprung to the top of my "must see" list. See the picture above? That is the parking lot in front of the Grand-Place and it is covered in a carpet. Made of flowers. Let me repeat that, MADE OF FLOWERS. Begonias to be precise.

E. Stautemans was landscape architect who started experimenting with flower carpets in the 1950's. He realized that the carpets would be an excellent vehicle to show off his favorite flower, the begonia. In 1971 he designed his first carpet for Brussels. There have been many since. (See them all here)

The 2012 carpet will be unveiled August 14th. I won't make it this year, but someday I would love to see it.


Mary Anne said...

Wow...that is absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

Heather Woollove said...

Wow, wow, wow!! I cannot imagine anyone doing that in the US...
sighhh...makes me want to move to Europe! :)
Thanks so much for the post!