Floralia is sometime considered a lesser version of the overwhelming extravaganza at Keukenhof.
It is worth a visit in its own right. There are more varieties of flower than one can take in, set in a
relaxed park. Although there are many visitors, there were no crowds when we were there at
the end of April. One can stroll among the flowers and try to spot the birds chirping in the trees.
Kasteel van Groot-Bijgaarden, on the west side of Brussels, holds an annual spring flower show
Floralia Brussels. The 12th show was between April 3 and May 3, 2015. This is their website.
Part of the brochure for the show. The park is 14 hectares large. The entrance is at the bottom, at nr 2.
The entrance over the stone bridge, and the castle visible through the open gate.
There are shops by the entrance.
Flower display next to the entrance and the castle.
A flowering peacock behind the castle.
Part of the labyrinth near the greenhouses with the indoor exhibitions.
The indoor show in greenhouses that cover 1000 sq meters. Flowers and plants produced here are sold near the entrance.
Close to the moat to the far left of the entrance.
Many of the bulbs were set en masse, and the plants bloom at different times during the show.
The park “behind” the castle.
We visited on a weekend, and there were a few visitors.
View towards the Exbury Gardens, to the left of the castle.
Flowers in the form of a heart, next to the moat, as seen from the bridge by the entrance.
The heart in the foreground and garlands in the back.
There are many birds in the park.
If you look down into the water from the bridge you are likely to see large carps, and turtles.
The selection of bulbs have been carefully selected for quality and for a range of colors.
The loop north of the castle.
There are 500 different bulbs, of which 400 are varieties of tulips.
The bulbs have been provided by main Dutch bulb producers.
Several varies of Fritillaria imperialis stood high in the flower beds.
Not only tulips. Daffodils, narcissus, muscari, hyacinths … the castle chapel was full of orchids.