Floralia Brussels in the Castle of Grand Bigard

More than worth it to visit

By: REGINE MOTMANS | 29-04-2021 | 2 min read
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.   Floralia Brussels in the Castle of Grand Bigard - Blog on Thursd (2)  

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.   Floralia Brussels in the Castle of Grand Bigard - Blog on Thursd (13)    

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.   Floralia Brussels in the Castle of Grand Bigard - Blog on Thursd (8)  

Amazing Beauty

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

"I'm a mom of three boys named Dennis, Jarne, and Xander. I'm married to Dominic, and my flower studio Floregineel is my place to get creative now and then. My main focus is on and myThursd as their Floral Connector. I love to travel to floral events, connect, create opportunities, and win-wins. And in the process write about the events, promote them in advance, and cover them. I'm good at Socials, I'm a trendsetter, and always looking into the future. 

Flowers make everything more beautiful, but also music. I love to sing and dance. In fact, I love life, I love the sun, I love my family and friends, I enjoy the big but also the little things."





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