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Tulips blooming! Kashmir calling!!

Asia’s biggest Tulip Garden at Siraj Bagh in Srinagar, Kashmir is now open for the year. Normally the garden opens with the start of April. But this year it has opened a week earlier owing to favourable weather conditions. We can also say that because the winter winded up a bit early and it brought the spring before time in the valley, hence the tulips also started blooming early. Hence the garden at Siraj Bagh on the banks of the Dal Lake was thrown open for the tourists on 25th March, a week earlier than last year. These are images from the park from the first day itself.

Blast from the past: Tulip garden at heaven!Not all the bulbs have bloomed, still some to go. It would be full by the start of April. It is indeed once in a lifetime chance to see more than a million tulips of different hues and shades blooming at a place which we call as paradise on earth. But remember Tulips don’t have a big life. Flowers will be blooming just for 3 to 4 weeks. So, you don’t have too much time in hand, if you want to see them this year, or else you will have to wait for another year. Moreover heavy rains or too much of heat, both can also destroy the bulbs. So, sooner the better. Interestingly, this Tulip festival also marks the start of the tourism season in Kashmir valley.

Life in paradise! Read: Never a dull morning in the Dal!In just ten years, this garden has become darling of tourists and locals alike. It has become one of the must-see destinations of the Kashmir itinerary in the months of April. This year the garden has been extended to add other plants like Hyacinths, Daffodils, Narcissus and other ornamental plants. In this season 40,000 Hyacinth tulip bulbs have been planted at a separate terrace.

Love Kashmir? Read: Kashmir we know less about- Kheer Bhawani at Tulmul To add the beauty of the already charming landscape, additional green spaces are being created to attract more visitors to this garden overlooking world-famous Dal Lake. This year free wi-fi service has been provided inside the premises for the visitors.

Formerly known as Siraj Bagh this garden was rechristened as Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in 2008 when it was converted into a  Tulip garden. It is located on the other side of the Dal where all Mughal Gardens are located on the foothills of Zabarwan hills. Chashmeshahi is close by.

First day… first show! Watch a video of tulips blooming this year on my YouTube channel by clicking on the link below

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Satsar to Gangabal : Photo journey to the climax!

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After a satisfying fourth day, it was time to move towards the climax on the 5th day of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. It was supposed to be the last day of climb. Satsar campsite is at an altitude of 12,000 ft and Gangabal campsite is at a an altitude of 11,500 ft but on the way we have to cross the Zach pass at an altitude of 13,400 ft.

How to prepare? Read: Thajiwas is a perfect acclimatisation for Great Lakes Trek

So, lets travel through the day’s trek in photos. Starting right from the first light of the day-

Its early morning after a wonderful night of stargazing. You just can’t imagine, how this sky looked like in the night. Its cold still, but all ready to move.

Its getting brighter and campsite is buzzing with early morning activities.

Also Read: Kashmir Great Lakes- First day trek to Nichnai

Its climb right from the word- go. A steep fall on the left and cliff on the right. We had to cross through boulders and loose rocks.

Looking back at the Satsar campsite from bit of height.It is tiring though. Crossing boulders is always tricky and tough on knees. Reaching to another ridge.

Time to have some rest after having crossed most of the rocky terrain. Looking at those mountains make you you so humble.

Closer look at the mountains far on the other side of the valley with a stream flowing down.

Though flowering season has almost ended, but we could still find some smaller carpets here and there.

Also Read: Kashmir Great Lakes- Romancing the rains at Nichnai PassContemplating the moves! Looks like another peak to climb!! The ridge at the top is the Zach pass, the last high pass of the trek. It would be all down after that hopefully.And than climbing to the top turns out to be a feast for the eyes, when all of a sudden nature turns out to be a big canvas spread right in front of you (see the video below)

They were indeed moment of pure joy. Everybody assembled on the pass with twin lakes in the background. Tricolour was unfurled and numerous pictures were clicked with every possible angle.

What was one of the best places to click an image of the lifetime… our guide stands here.

Harmukh Peak in its full glory. See hoe the snow cover its edges.

The view of Gangabal lake (also called as Harmukh Ganga) located at the foot of Harmukh peak, as seen from the Zach Pass. It is one of the most sacred places for Kashmiri Hindus.

This is Nandkhol lake at the base of Harmukh Peak, it is smaller than Gangabal, but is used more often for the camping.Also read: Paradise regained- As beautiful as it can be

It is now descent of around 1400 ft till the campsite. Looks easy?Not so, if you see from this side… Mules on their way to the campsite at Nandkhol.It isn’t a straightforward descent as well. What we see is the first halt in a valley at the base of Zach Pass in this side. We can see some shepherd huts and a small stream flowing down from Gangabal lake.

Another view of the Harmukh peak in the glaring sun.

Reaching at the first stream. There is another small hill to climb, before another descent.

Time to relax, as we were aware that campsite isn’t far now.


The perennial trekkers for the company in this huge meadows.

The Harmukh Glacier that feeds the twin lakes. Glazing in the sunlight.

Whodunit? A rock as big as this one, cut into two pieces in the manner would have been due to hell of a happening!Finally the campsite on the banks of the Nandkhol lake. Looks so pristine!
The man-made bridge to cross the stream coming from Gangabal lake towards Nandkhol Lake.Finally, the Gangabal lake an altitude of 3570 metres. This fish is home to many types of fishes including rainbow and brown trout.Joy of reaching the climax!July to August is the best time to be here. You will find more snow if you are here in June. You feel so calm and relaxed here.

Having visited the Gangabal lake in he evening itself, there was an urge to go there again in the morning. Campsite was at Nandkhol lake and it is almost a 20 minutes trek between the two lakes. So, quite determined, it was the early in the morning.Mules were getting themselves ready for another hard day.It was getting brighter on one side.And then, there were first golden rays of sun on the Harmukh Peak.

The 4th Day: A tale of seen Lakes – Gadsar to SatsarSun was very quickly to its full glow..Calm waters of Gangabal lake in the morning. But it was still not calm enough to get a clear reflection. You never feel like it is enough of the photographs. Its amazing that how nature keeps changing its colours. Kashmiri Hindus still come to this lake for many rituals or to pay homage to their ancestors. Locals often travel from Naranag to Gangabal for fishing or just a short trek.

Light falls on the Gangabal lake and the whole colour of the nature changes once again.
Also read: Kashmir we know less about – Naranag

Some tents at the banks of the Gangabal Lake.Reminiscent of what would have been a part of a pontoon bridge  long time back. It looked quite astonishing as to how these extremely heavy pieces of iron would have been transported here. They seemed too heavy even for a mule to carry it. Its all bright, mules have had their green feast and everybody seems to be ready to move on the final day…You can also watch a video of this 5th day trek on my YouTube channel by clicking on the link below-

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Its Japan all over at the Grand Place in Brussels, in flowers!

Flower-Carpet-2016_6We said some time back that it would be Japanese Kacho-Fugetsu & Koi at Brussels Flower Carpet this year. So the time has finally come and its Japan all over the Brussels Grand Place, and with beautiful flowers. This year’s Flower carpet is now open for the visitors today. The Brussels Flower Carpet is one of the most amazing flower shows in the world and also one of the most awaited ones. Hence here it comes.

A  look at the this years’s carpet-

After two years of preparation, the 20th Flower Carpet is finally on show in the Grand Place at Brussels for visitors to admire over the next three days. This year’s carpet at the Belgium capital celebrates 150 years of Belgo-Japanese relations and features a Japanese design in honour of the occasion.

Flower carpet making is a very specialised process which needs precision, knowledge and timing. So here are five facts you need to know about the 20th Flower Carpet:

  1. It is made up of 600,000 flowers. Most of them are begonias, but there are also dahlias, grasses and dyed bark.
  2. It is 75 m long and 24 m wide – that’s more than 1,800m² of flowers!
  3. It took a team of 100 volunteers eight hours to put it together.
  4. It was conceived by a young Japanese designer, Fuji Suzuki, who drew inspiration from Japanese representations of flowers, birds, the wind and the moon to depict the beauty of nature.
  5. It honours more than 150 years of friendly commercial, diplomatic and social relations between Belgium and Japan.

A look at this years carpet in making-

Practical info

The Grand Place in Brussels will be dressed in its Flower Carpet on 12, 13, 14 and 15 August 2016. The public will be able to access it on 12 August from 1 pm to 5:30 pm and on 13, 14 and 15 August from 10 am to 10 pm. The opening ceremony, fireworks and sound and light show will take place on 12 August at 10 pm. If you want to admire the carpet as a whole, don’t miss the panoramic view from the balcony of the Town Hall. Visits will be available from 10 am to 10 pm (last entry at 9:30 pm). There is a entry price of €5 but children under 10 get in free.

(All photos in the post courtesy VisitBrussels ©Wim Vanmaele)

Japanese Kacho-fugetsu & Koi at Brussels Flower Carpet this year

Carpet_Japan-1In its 20th year, the world famous floral carpet of Brussels will be decorated in the colours of Japan to celebrate its expertise in floral art. This year, Japan and Belgium are celebrating their 150th anniversary of friendly relations, established in 1866 with the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation. On this special year, Japan has been given the honour to be invited as guest country to the world-famous Flower Carpet in Grand Place.

Carpet_Japan-5The 2016 flower carpet is showcasing nature in Japanese tradition with its numerous good luck talismans: flowers, birds, the wind and the moon are symbols of the natural beauty (Kacho-fugetsu); Koi (Japanese carps) represent strength and growth; pine trees and bamboos are signs of good omen; and the cherry blossoms, of course. This ephemeral tapestry will be made up of 1,800 m² of begonias.

The Grand-Place has always been an ideal setting for the Flower Carpet. Every two years, in the middle of August, this tapestry of stone-weaved lace perfectly complements the splendid floral patterns. This ephemeral fusion contributes to the repute of European Capital, which reaches well beyond its borders. Artists, craftspersons and volunteers have all strived to draw, sow, harvest, organise and arrange hundreds of thousands of flowers.Without their dedicated contribution, such a masterpiece could not exist.

Carpet_Japan-6The Flower Carpet is culturally inclusive and, as a result, attracts a broad range of visitors, far beyond just flower enthusiasts and local residents, with foreign tourists travelling from far and wide to enjoy the exceptional view from the balcony of Brussels’ Town Hall. During the last Flower Carpet event in 2014, the hotel occupancy rate in the city reached a record 95%.

Visitors will be able to admire this stunning creation from 12 to 15 August 2016 in its every detail, whether from floor level or from up high on the balcony of the Brussels Town Hall.

Two Flower Carpets in Tokyo on the theme of ART NOUVEAU 

Carpet_Japan-2The city of Tokyo will be hosting the 11th “Brussels Days” from 16 to 20 May 2016. Over the course of a few days, business leaders, managers and politicians will visit the Japanese capital in order to forge econo
mic and commercial links between Brussels and Tokyo and to celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belgium. To mark the occasion, two flower carpets will grace the city of Tokyo. The style of these two temporary tapestries will be inspired by the inventiveness, rhythms, colours and curves of Art Nouveau. This art movement, born of the creativity of famous architect Victor Horta, previously served as inspiration for the 2004 Brussels Flower Carpet.

Flowers in Japanese culture

Carpet_Japan-3An island country spanning from the sub-tropical Okinawa to the freezing cold of Hokkaido, Japan has distinctive four seasons that give it a remarkably rich variety in vegetation. The flowers’ transient, seasonal beauty evokes admiration as well as pathos. From ancient times, the Japanese culture has evolved to capture their beauty of impermanence in various artistic forms.

Of the 4500 short poems of Man-yo-shu, the first collection of poems in Japan compiled in the 8th century, a third use plants or flowers to express the author’s feelings of love, hope, anguish and nostalgia. The roots of today’s Hanami, marking the arrival of spring and often celebrated with cheerful sake drinking under the Sakura in bloom (cherry blossoms), can be traced back to more than one thousand years ago. In Japan, Hanami is regarded as the cradle of many artistic forms; poems were created and Kabuki and Noh (Japanese plays) were performed with the elegant fall of white cherry petals as background. Ikebana, bonsai culture, gardening and other forms of flower arrangements demonstrate the importance of horticulture in Japanese daily life.

Carpet_Japan-7Chrysanthemum festivals in autumn are popular cultural entertainments since several centuries, often with ornamental displays of the flower such as in the shape of ships and dolls. The crest of the imperial family is based on chrysanthemum. Japanese Emperor organizes spring and autumn garden parties and invites guests.

A few figures

Carpet_Japan-4The flower carpet is 75 m long and 25 m wide – that’s more than 1,800 m² of begonias! It takes two years of work to get the flower carpet ready: the team has to reserve the hundreds of thousands of cut flowers it needs a very long time in advance. The Flower Carpet is a huge challenge both aesthetically and logistically. The weather conditions, the number of visitors, the route through the Town Hall, and the schedule all play a vital role in ensuring its success. Around 600,000 flowers are required, sitting shoulder to shoulder in order to create the patterns, texture and nuances of a carpet unlike any other.

The begonia fields are located close together in a single region of Flanders. For several months, twenty-odd flower producers will plant and cultivate their begonias in order to obtain the exact colours and quantities needed to bring the Flower Carpet to life. When the time comes, these horticulturists will pack and transport the flowers as quickly as possible so as to ensure that they last the length of the event.

Carpet_Japan-9The flowers need to stay fresh and radiant for four whole days. So how is this done? Just before it is unveiled to the public, 100 volunteers create the carpet’s design on the ground in the Grand Place. They are guided by a life-size design laid out over the Grand Place’s cobblestones. The design is drawn on a micro-perforated plastic sheet that is fixed to the ground on top of a thin layer of sand.

This year the Flower Carpet will be composed of 600,000 begonias as well as dahlias, grasses, and strips of tinted bark which will come together to create a fleeting tapestry inspired by Japanese elegance.

Flemish Begonia : Unique in the world

With its long flowering period, broad range of colours, variety of shapes and suitability for borders and patios alike, the Flemish begonia has many strengths, which are the result of years of tradition and craftsmanship. No wonder that the Flemish begonia is a success as far away as Japan and America.

Carpet_Japan-8Flanders is the world’s leading producer of tuberous begonias, thanks to a rich tradition of seed selection and tuber production. Every year, over 30 million tubers are exported to Europe, North America and Japan. Begonia cultivation is chiefly concentrated in East Flanders, and more specifically in the region around Ghent. Selection companies are continuously looking for new colours and flower shapes. The most popular types are the double begonias and the hanging varieties.

This year it would be Japan on the Flower Carpet

Flower Carpet 2014
Flower Carpet 2014

Every two years, in the month of August, the Grand-Place at Belgian Capital Brussels is adorned with its most beautiful attire and becomes a gigantic ocean of flowers. This year will be even more special, as the famous carpet of flowers will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! In 2016, Belgium and Japan will be celebrating 150 years of diplomatic and friendly relations. It is therefore perfectly natural that the organisers have chosen to let the colours of Japan inspire the design of the carpet.

Flower Carpet 2014
Flower Carpet 2014

The general public will be invited to come and admire this Japanese creation on 13, 14 and 15 August 2016, from 10 am to 10 pm, on the Brussels Grand-Place. The traditional inaugural evening will be held on 12 August at 10 pm. The Flower Carpet is 75 m long by 24 m wide. 1,800 m2 of begonias, around 300 cut flowers per m2!  A hundred volunteers assemble the carpet in 4 hours. The first Flower Carpet of Brussels was created in 1971 and has been a showstopper every two years on the Grand-Place since 1986.

Flower Carpet 2012. Photo: Eric Danhier
Flower Carpet 2012. Photo: Eric Danhier

Every other summer, on the weekend of August 15th, the Flower Carpet offers a chance to stroll across the Grand-Place, a jewel of Gothic architecture, to inhale the fragrant scent of the begonias and admire its details. This extraordinary spectacle is made complete by a visit to the balcony of the Town Hall, which offers a wide-angle view of the work. A musical theme is especially composed for each edition. A concert is given on the Grand-Place every evening and accompanies a magnificent sound-and-light show.

Flower Carpet 2012. Photo: Eric Danhier
Flower Carpet 2012. Photo: Eric Danhier

This is the historical heart of Brussels. Here Gothic style can be seen adjacent to opulent baroque, neo-classical as well as neo-Gothic. The Grand-Place is regarded by its admirers as “the most beautiful central square in the world”! Its construction began in the 15th century, with halls, guild houses and a Town Hall. It was virtually razed after 3 full days of bombardment by the French Army in 1695, yet was rebuilt in less than 5 years, notably by the different guilds. The tower of the Town Hall is 96 metres high. Every two years, the Flower Carpet offers a chance to (re)discover this architectural and cultural heritage jewel. Since 2000 the entire Grand-Place has been listed as a Unesco world heritage site.

Flower Carpet 2012. Photo: Eric Danhier
Flower Carpet 2012. Photo: Eric Danhier

The robust tuberous begonia lends beauty and freshness to the carpet. A native of the West Indies, the hearty begonia is resistant to all weather conditions: intense sunshine, violent winds, rain, cold . . . Begonias come in a rich palette ranging from the most vivid colours to delicate pastel shades, with in between the many-coloured and white flowers that reflect sunlight so well. Belgium is the world’s largest producer of begonias: 60 million bulbs each year! 80% of the total production, cultivated almost exclusively in the area of Ghent since 1860, is exported, primarily to the Netherlands, France and the United States.

Begonia_displayEvery two years, the non-profit association Tapis de Fleurs brings together a committee of professionals (illustrators, graphic designers, landscape architects) who come up with scale projects, with each edition illustrating a different theme (the commemoration of major events, a country, a continent, the coat of arms of a city, etc.). Once the theme has taken shape (as for this year its Japan and in 2014 it was Turkey) in the form of a model and symbols, the number of flowers is calculated and the combinations of colours are established. The hundreds of thousands of cut flowers necessary for the composition can then be reserved, very long in advance. Several days before the inauguration, a full-size drawing is executed on sheets of micro-perforated plastic that are laid down atop the cobblestones of the Grand-Place. The works can then begin.

More than 100 volunteer gardeners put together this giant floral puzzle in less than four hours. The day before the opening, the spaces between the floral motifs are filled in using rolls of sod. The flowers are so closely-packed (300 per square metre, i.e. around 600,000 flowers in all!) that they can´t be blown away, and indeed they create their own microclimate! If there´s a heat wave, the sod is watered to prevent it from wilting. If the weather is too wet, the grass can grow by 4 to 5 centimetres in 3 days. The flowers remain fresh and preserve their splendour during the four days.

Kausani, through flowers – A photo story!

Kausani is all famous for its Himalayan View- a panorama of the Nanda Devi range from Chaukhamba peak to Panchachuli. I am somehow fond of this place and have done many posts about it.

But I have always loved these himalayan cities for their flowers too. So bright, blooming. They make such a beautiful contrast with dust & noise free atmosphere, blue sky and white mountains. Range of flowers too is so wide, which we normally don’t find in the plains. A look at few of them, which I could find around me every time while we stayed at TRH, Kausani. What a wonderful stay it was!

Beauty and the bee-holder

I love Kairali (Wellness Resort near Palakkad in Kerala) , not just for its Ayurvedic treatment and wellness qualities but also for its overall aura. Place is beautiful and so are surroundings. Some charm  that actually makes you feel rejuvenated. One of the reasons is reflected in photos here:

Italian garden transported in heart of Brussels

From 13 to 16 August 2015, a unique opportunity to visit the Brussels City Hall transformed into an enormous floral exhibition Several big names from the world of floral art have confirmed their presence

FlowertimeBrussels City Hall and the Grand-Place will, for the second time, be transformed into a garden of 1001 colours and scents. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through this sublime historical building which is not usually open to the general public! This year, Flowertime will follow the theme of Italian Baroque: Italian gardens will be transported to the heart of Brussels, as if by magic…

Flower time is a project on an exceptional scale. The 23 floral artists, of international renown, have just 2 ½ days to entirely decorate the majestic rooms of the City Hall. A true feat for which they will need:

  • 100m3 of soil (10 truckfuls!) and 36,000 Begonias will be transported to the Grand-Place.
  • 35 Tuscan cypresses will be planted. They are 9 metres tall (3 floors of an average house!)
  • A wonderful opportunity to make floral creation known, an art that is still so little known and that our country excels in!

Some florists who are known worldwide have already confirmed their presence. To mention just a few:  

Flowertime 2014
Flowertime 2014

Mark Colle, who has worked with some of the leading names in fashion design, such as Raf Simons (Dior), Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander and Ann Demeulemeester…

Young Amadeus, (Tom Nackaerts and Peter Van Dessel), who, in 2012, won the award for the best florist in Belgium.

Davy Fredrix, who worked as a florist at the Royal Domain of Laeken for several years, where he was responsible for the decoration for the official visits of Norway, Italy and Spain, amongst others.

Rose Noire (Sophie Cooymans), official florist for many hotels: in 2014, she created the floral decorations for “The Hotel” as part of Barack Obama’s stay.

Sören Van Laer, a very young florist, aged 23, who was crowned national champion of floral art in the junior category in 2013. He is representing Belgium in Italy in 2016 for the European Floristry Championships.

This year, visitors to the floral exhibition will also have the opportunity, if they wish, to taste an aperitif and high-quality Italian products, which will be on offer in a small market located in front of the City Hall.

Its ‘Flowertime’ in Brussels this August

Flowertime 2014
Flowertime 2014

Brussels and gardens, a long and beautiful love story. The best evidence of this is the great number of parks and spaces that fit perfectly into urban geography and offer inhabitants havens of tranquillity and relaxation. In parallel with the biannual Flower Carpet, that needs no introduction, VisitBrussels presents Flowertime 2015. Building on the success of the first edition of this new floral art event in Brussels, it has now decided to organise a second biannual event, that takes up residence during the summer at the very heart of European capital!  This year, the summer floral collection will be a master stroke. From 13 to 16 August 2015, the city centre will truly dazzle with plants: from the moment you arrive on the Grand-Place, the Italian garden will offer itself to you so you can walk through it with wide-eyed awe. After that, dive into the universe of the City Hall, lit up all along your walk, so you can admire the talents in action, the beauty of the arrangements and their integration into this 15th Century building.

Baroque:  where history transcends time

VillandryIn order to better set the scene for 2015, here is something about the origins of the word “Baroque”.

Its roots are Portuguese: “barrocco” means “big, irregular-shaped rock”. The Italian language adopted this idiom and made it known throughout the world! The current meaning of this strange word is “extravagant”, “unexpected “, and therefore “Irregular”! The Baroque movement thus represents a diversion from classic forms and the freedom of creation, resulting in opulence, fantasy and decoration loaded with whorls, spirals and the use of polychrome marble.

To retrace the origins of Baroque, let’s travel back to the 2nd half of 16th Century Italy. This new movement was to spread its influence all over Europe.  The architecture of castles, churches, and urban developments were all to undergo its irresistible influence. Vienna, Prague, Nancy, the Pays de Loire, Germany, England, Denmark and even Russia were in turn enticed by the Baroque style.

Thanks to this movement, curves became generous, the roofs of European church towers gradually took on a graceful roundness, sculptures of chubby-cheeked angels filled the churches and ceilings incorporated the sky, an important part of trompe l’œil frescoes. Light changed, chiaroscuro became fashionable and artists allowed themselves to paint the first special effects in history.

At the same time, this freedom of forms inspired a new art of creating and embellishing gardens. Little by little, they became more creative compositions and botanical theatres. Landscape gardeners created country house spaces, terraces decorated with plants, balconies and mirrors of water in which sculpted fountains were reflected. Geometry incorporated whorls, topiary art and flowers brought colour to the whole space to please the senses.

Flowertime 2014
Flowertime 2014

Gardens became living spaces in their own right…  And this is what visitors will discover on the Grand-Place from 13 August. For 4 days, visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the garden of the Grand-Place and will have the unique chance to wander through the magnificent rooms of the City Hall to discover the floral arrangements.

Flowertime 2014
Flowertime 2014

Flowertime is a biannual initiative, whose creators are…

  • the City of Brussels,
  • the asbl (non-profit organisation) Tapis de fleurs de Bruxelles, organiser of the renowned Brussels Flower Carpet,
  • the Floralies Gantoises, who have been pioneers in the world of floral and botanical art in Belgium for centuries,
  • the renowned florists of our 3 regions who do us the honour of taking part in this incredible challenge and whose listing you will find at the end of this file.
Flowertime 2014
Flowertime 2014

Flowertime takes place every two years, alternating with an event that is well known by all amateurs of aesthetics: the Brussels Flower Carpet. Brussels is a priceless treasure trove of parks, gardens, forest, and squares – all exceptional green spaces which add to its “green melody”.

Brussels Flower Carpet chosen as international flower event of the year

CarpetThe Brussels Flower Carpet was named international flower event of the year at the presentation of the International Garden Tourism Awards in Toronto.  


The International Garden Tourism Network presented its awards recently, as it does every year. The trade organisation annually awards the best garden tourism initiatives worldwide. The Flower Carpet received the international jury’s highest acclaim in the ‘flower event’ category.

Annette Katz, manager of Bloementapijt NPO, is absolutely delighted with the award.

This distinction rewards the know-how of a whole team of enthusiasts. Amongst them, there are those who grow the begonias and others who design the drawing which will highlight the flowers’ splendid colours. And others still who are in charge of the logistics for this ephemeral and spectacular display. Without forgetting the volunteers who bring colour to this glimmering fabric of 75 by 24 metres, placed at the centre of an ancient site that is well-known by all: our legendary Grand Place.”

A world-renowned event

2010_a_toprintNothing is left to chance in the creation of the carpet: pictorial adaptation, music, pyrotechnics, print-outs and displays, tourist circuit at the heart of the city hall, passing by the balconies that reveal the panoramic view of this magnificent fabric. The flower carpet is, before anything else, an adventure of team work and floral precision.

Thanks to the essential qualities of every craftsperson, the Flower Carpet has, for several decades, become one of the most recognised and well-known images of our capital abroad. This is the reason why we are pleased and proud to have received this distinction that honours everybody’s work“, explains Annette Katz.

Looking forward to seeing you on 12, 13, 14 and 15 August 2016 to discover the twentieth edition of this event! But before that, the second edition of Flowertime will take place on the Grand Place and in the City Hall from 13 to 16 August 2015. The theme will be revealed at the end of May.