Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

September 26, 2021

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Flower power

The Grand-Place celebrates a grand anniversary

It takes 100 volunteers four hours to install the 600,000 begonias that become the 75-metre-long Flower Carpet in Brussels every two years in August. Begonias are resistant to intense sunshine, rain and even cold, and the flowers are tightly packed together so the petals don’t blow away. The inspiration of landscape architect Etienne Stautemas, the first Flower Carpet of Brussels was created in 1971. The 20th edition will be on view this August 12 to 15 in the Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to buildings that date to the 15th century. Each edition of the Flower Carpet has a different musical theme; a concert and sound-and-light show is held every evening.

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