The 14th edition of the Flower Show
Floralia Brussels from 7 April till 7 May 2017
The spring flower exhibition in the park and the greenhouses of the castle of Grand Bigard (Groot-Bijgaarden) offers an unforgettable flower experience. The park of 14 hectares incorporates nearly all spring bulb varieties. For the new flowering time, the gardeners of the castle have planted by hand more than one million bulbs. Special attention goes to the tulips, with almost 400 varieties, hyacinths and daffodils are also well represented.
- Carpets of wild flowers under ancient trees
- A heart of red tulips on the edge of the pond
- Original flower beds spread in the park
- A labyrinth of tulips in the colours of a rainbow
- Indoor show of 1000 m2 in the greenhouse
- The chapel decorated with orchids
- Panorama of the park on the roof terrace of the Donjon
- French gardens where you can relax
- A beautiful flower peacock behind the castle
The creation of this flower exhibition is possible thanks to the participation of major Dutch bulb producers and exporters.
The park has been designed at the end of the 19th century by the garden architect Louis Fuchs, designer of numerous parks in Belgium. The design of the park is typically based on the English landscape gardens. He also created 2 French gardens: Vaux-le-Victome in Versailles of the 17th century and in Belgium the gardens of Beloeil and Mariemont of the 18th century.
The design and the realization of the Flower Show in Grand Bigard has been taken care by Maarten Bakker, descendant of a famous family of bulb producers in the Netherlands. He looks always for the most interesting varieties and the creation of the flowerbeds. He searches across the Netherlands in order to find the most beautiful species and the most talented producers. Maarten composes the different gardens while taking the diversity of the colours as well as their time of blooming into account.
The labyrinth of the castle of Grand-Bigard had been designed in 1748, by Ferdinand-Joseph Derons (1700-1762) for the marquise Hélène-Hyacinthe de Boisschot, countess of Erps, baroness of Zaventem, wife of the count of Königsegg. However, it seems that the project has never come through. Half a century later there was nothing to see on the map of the park signed by P.C. De Decker. It is only a few years ago, that the owner of the castle discovered the draw of the labyrinth and decided to realize it with flowers. Thanks to the dream of the marquise of Boisschot, the visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a flowery labyrinth.
A prestigious indoor exhibition in the 1000 m2 newly restored greenhouse. The flower beds and mostly the flower arrangements will be changed each week. About 150 creations reflecting the trends and current fashions will be presented in a beautiful indoor garden. Well known in Holland, the artist Hans Danko will produce the flower arrangements with no less than 10 000 flowers each Friday.
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