Floralia Brussels in the Castle of Grand Bigard

More than worth it to visit

written by: Regine Motmans | 29-04-2021

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The spring flower exhibition in the park and the greenhouses of the Belgian castle of Grand Bigard (Groot-Bijgaarden) offer an unforgettable flower experience: Floralia Brussels. 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.


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Floralia Brussels 2021

The creation of this flower exhibition is possible thanks to the participation of major Dutch bulb producers and exporters.

The design and the realization of the Flower Show in Grand Bigard have been taken care of by Maarten Bakker, a 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 colors as well as their time of blooming into account.


History of the Castle

The Entrance

The tourists have always admired the beauty of historical monuments and castles. The province of Brabant is home to several of them, which testify to a glorious past. The castle in the village of Grand Bigard (Groot-Bijgaarden), 7 km from Brussels, is surrounded by a large moat, its deep waters reflect the centuries-old beech trees. A five-arch bridge, headed by two heraldic lions from the 17th century, leads the visitor to the drawbridge that gives access to the fortified entrance from the 15th century.


The Castle

The castle itself was built in the 17th century, a vast edifice and a wonderful example of the Flemish Renaissance style. It consists of a long main building in red bricks, contrasting with the white stone windows and the blue slate roof. The chapel, on the right-wing, has remained unchanged for the last three centuries. The left wing of the castle is surmounted by a bulb-shaped roof.


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The Donjon

The Donjon, built around 1347, is a 30-meter high structure next to the fortified entrance. The tower has four floors and the walls have a thickness of two meters. You will have a panoramic view on its roof terrace from where you can see the Atomium and the city of Brussel.


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Amazing Beauty

No more words needed: take a look at these gorgeous pictures and pretend that you are there.


Regine Motmans

I'm first of all a mother of 3 sons, Dennis, Jarne en Xander! Married with Dominic, and owner of Floregineel, my flower studio since 1996. Specialized in Weddings and Events! I am also Art Director for Fleuramour which because COVID-19 is canceled for 2020 .... Hopefully, we have a better chance to have a big party in 2021! And last but not least I am the Floral Business Connector for Thursd. Your online floral meetup spot! Thursd makes it all happen! It connects the whole flower industry! At Thursd you have a unique chance to showcase your products, portfolio, shop, or company and we connect them in a transparent way.

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