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Carpet of Begonias in Warsaw
August 13, 2008 By Ewa Hancock   
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The square in front of the Belgian embassy in Warsaw will be decked out in a 400-square-meter flower carpet made of 120,000 begonias the weekend of Aug. 29-31.

Belgian landscape architect Marc Shautteet is responsible for the design. He will supervise 35 Polish staff who will lay out the flower carpet in front of the embassy on Senatorska Street and tend it over the next three days. The pattern has been inspired by motifs from traditional Polish folk costume.

Making a flower carpet is a complicated procedure and requires precision at the planning stage and when laying the flowers. A similar begonia carpet is made in Brussels every two years. Officially the first such carpet was made in 1971 by landscape architect Etienne Stautemans in the Grand Place in Brussels. After years of experimenting with carpets of different sizes, he became an expert in designing sophisticated patterns. His fame spread and similar arrangements appeared in cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam and Vienna.

Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz is the honorary patron of the flower project in the Polish capital, which is being staged in association with the Representative Office of Flanders and the Warta and Kredyt Bank Foundation.

The flower carpet, the first of its kind in Poland, is the idea of the Belgian ambassador's wife, Raka Singh.
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