11th International Flower Exhibition
« Floralia Brussels from 4 April until 8 May 2014 »
The spring flower exhibition in the park and the greenhouses at the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden will celebrate its 11th anniversary, join us and enjoy an unforgettable flower experience.
The park, which is about 14 hectares, incorporates nearly all spring bulb varieties.
The castles’ gardeners have planted by hand, under the direction of specialists from The Netherlands, more than 1 million bulbs.
During the four weeks in which the exhibition takes place flower lovers will have the opportunity to discover 500 varieties including 400 tulip varieties.
The tulips are divided into three categories: early flowering, midseason and late flowering but may also be labelled as classic triumph, botanic tulips, lily flowers, viridiflora, parrots and multi–flora.
Amongst the narcissi and daffodils, very rare varieties can be discovered such as the papillon narcissus and numerous botanical varieties.
A sea of muscari, wild tulips, violets, azaleas and rhododendrons spreads out under the ancient trees...
The creation of this floral exhibition was possible thanks to the participation of major Dutch bulb producers and exporters.
A prestigious indoor exhibition in the 1000m² 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.
The garden next to the orchard is dedicated to the rhododendrons and the azaleas. They come from Exbury Gardens in the south west of England. These gardens were created in the beginning of the 20th century and due to their creator Lionel de Rothschild were without any doubt the first gardens in the world to exhibit rhododendrons.
Garden lovers who wish to visit the park several times may want to obtain a Passe-partout card which grants a right of entry during the whole exhibition.
The park has been designed at the beginning of the 20th century by the garden architect Louis Fuchs, designer of numerous parks in Belgium.
The design and the realisation of the Flower Show in Groot-Bijgaarden has been taken care of by Maarten and Pieter Bakker, descendants of a famous family of bulb producers in the Netherlands. For the creation of the flowerbeds they always try to find the most interesting varieties. Therefore they never cease to search across the Netherlands in order to find the most beautiful species and the most talented producers. Afterwards they compose the different gardens while taking the diversity of the colours of the different varieties as well as their time of blooming into account.