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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Floria Brussels, Château de Grand Bigard: PART 2

Floria Brussels, Château de Grand Bigard: PART 2
Assorted tulpis

Assorted tulips: You can see how there are different tulips at various stages of development

One of the many varieties of tulips. This one being a two tone variety.

A combination of hyacinths and tulips. Note how the colours complement each other.

A bed of tulips showing a combination of complementary colours. 

Tulips and daffodils
The Grand-Bigard Keep to the left is the oldest structure dating from 12th Century while the manorial residence in the right was built in the 17th century. See my blog on language and etymology  for discussion of semantics regarding the correct translation of the French word château in "When is a château not a castle?"
 View of the manorial residence and some of the flower beds.
Slightly mixed beds of tulips
White hyacinths
An assortment of hyacinths (foreground), Fritillaria Imperialis and tulips and located around the base of the Keep. The Fritillaria Imperialis are the weird looking flowers on long stalks that look like Chinese lanterns.
Additional details:

Open once a year around early April through to early May
Floralia Brussels is a yearly event held in early April through till early May at the Grand-Bigard from 10AM – 6PM. Note the ticket booth closes at 5PM.

It is a spring flower exhibition held throughout the grounds of Grand-Bigard which comprise of about 1 million bulbs planted by hand in approximately 14 hectares. According to the official website there are 500 varieties including 400 tulip varieties. Among the other bulbs are hyacinths, daffodils and are arranged by Maarten and Pieter Bakker who are descendants of a famous family Dutch bulb producers.

The park is accessible to people with reduced mobility and dogs are allowed on a leash but owners are expected to pick up after their charges.

There is a cafeteria that sells sandwiches, salads, cold dishes as well as a daily special dish or from the menu.
Reservation is necessary for groups.
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Entrance Fees are:
Adults - 10 €
Children  (6-14 years) - 5 €
Children less than 6 - 0 €
Groups more than  20 people 9 € (per person)
Passe-Partout - 15 €

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