The second edition of Flowertime pulled more than 20,000 visitors to the Grand-Place and Town Hall in Brussels last weekend. The 100,000 flowers exhibited have now been taken away, the event spokesman, Laure Vandeghinste, said on Monday morning. The traditional flower carpet is brought out on years ending with an even number, and Floralies has been taking place on years ending with an odd number since 2013. It is now called Flowertime. This year, 25 florists decorated the Grand-Place and the inside courtyard and rooms of the Town Hall. The chosen theme was Italian baroque. Around 150 people spent four days putting it up.
There were more people in 2015 than in 2013, as 20,000 people came to see the floral and botanical art event this year. “However, it started off less worse”, says Laure Vandeghinste. “The storm on Thursday evening caused a lot of damage, and we had to rearrange all the begonias on the Grand Place on Friday morning”.
Next summer, the Grand Place will once again be covered in a flower carpet. But before that, there will be the 35th Floralies in Ghent at the end of April.