Every two years in August, Brussels’ main square is transformed into a huge colorful carpet of begonias as a tribute to thousands of Turkish immigrants. Hundreds of experienced gardeners put together this giant floral jigsaw called Flower Carpet in a matter of hours. Around 300 begonias cover every square meter and the entire artwork counts over 750,000 tightly packed flowers.
Begonias are chosen for their robustness, resistance to bad weather and longevity, thanks to which the carpet can stay in place for days. Vivid colors and delicate pastel shades create a beautiful carpet that covers the entire main square in Brussels. Traditionally used in pageants and floral corsages, around 80 percent of total production of begonias comes almost exclusively from the Ghent area in Belgium. Over 60 million begonia tubers are cultivated every year and exported largely to The Netherlands, France and the United States.
On the day before flowers are placed on the ground, the spaces between the floral patterns are filled with rolled turf. The flowers are then packed together one by one so tightly that they don’t get blown away by wind. The turf is watered to prevent the flowers from shrinking during hot weather.