Readers of Discovering Belgium will know that every year I promote Floralia Brussels and strongly suggest that for people living in Belgium it’s much more environmentally-friendly to visit this flower show than drive the 3 hours to the more famous Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This year it’s the 11th edition of Floralia Brussels, which is held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden between April 4 and May 8, 2014. Over one and a half million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and grape hyacinths have been planted under the old trees of the 14-hectare park, providing a wonderful display. It includes 400 varieties of tulips, some of which have not yet received a name.
In addition, you will discover an exhibition of floral arrangements and decorative plants in the greenhouses, incorporating more than 10,000 flowers from various flower markets throughout Europe. There’s also an orchid show in the chapel, a surprise in the tower, and bulbs can be purchased at the entrance to the castle.
Entrance costs 12 EUR for adults, 5 EUR for children (6-14). It’s open every day from 10 am until 6 pm. Address is Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden, Is. Van Beverenstraat 5, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden
Check out this post for some lovely photos of a previous exhibition.
How to get there:
The easiest is probably to take the train to Groot-Bijgaarden station and then walk up Brusselsstraat to Isidoor Van Beverenstraat where the castle is. It’s a distance of about 800 metres which should take you about 10 minutes.
Alternatively take bus 136 from Brussels Zuid and get off at Groot-Bijgaarden Kerk and walk about 200 metres. Here’s a bus 136 timetable: De Lijn 136