Photographer's Note

‘Brussels – Making of the Flower Carpet’

The first Floral Carpet was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place/Grote Markt in Brussels by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders.

In 2010 during the weekend of the 13th to the 15th of August, we will be able to see the fourteenth Flower Carpet on the same monumental square in Brussels.

Today, August, 12th, in the afternoon I took this picture while dozens of people were still making this carpet.
It had to be finished at 08:00 pm, official time of the opening.
In the workshop a closer view on the two young guys and a part of the carpet.

The information I mention here comes from:
where you can find much more interesting things about this event organized every two years.

The actual making of the Carpet is based on a plan worked out in advance, consisting of several stages.
Everything starts, often a year in advance, with projects and scale models, illustrating a commissioned theme (such as the commemoration of great events, or the arms and shield of a town, and sometimes the proposals of local horticultural associations).

Once the theme has been produced in representation and symbol, the number of flowers and color combinations calculated and the outlines finally drawn on the ground, then the work starts.

The skilful, dedicated work of a hundred experienced gardeners and their enthusiasm enables them to put together this giant floral jigsaw in under four hours.

The day before, the spaces between the floral patterns will already have been filled with rolled turf.
The flowers are packed together one by one, 300 to every square meter of the ground, (+/- 750.000 flowers!) so tightly (no soil is used at all) that they won't be blown away by the first puff of wind, and create their own microclimate.

In heat waves, the turf has to be watered to prevent it from shrinking, but if the weather is too wet, the grass can grow 4 to 5 centimeters in 3 days.

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