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Visit to Belgium – Part 2, Beervelde

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

In my previous blog I shared about Ghent, Belgium, where my Dutch friend Cora and I had a lovely time last Saturday. The day before though, we had already had a great time at the Beervelde Flower Show (‘Journées des Plantes’ in French), which had been the original aim of our visit to Belgium.

As some of you may know, I bought a house at the end of March. And I have a big near-empty garden that I need to transform into a fairytale, haha... well at least a garden I would like to spend time in one day!

So I have been reading blogs and Facebook pages and many websites on gardening... I have taken lots of notes of what I would like to do with my garden, listing what is already there (very little, but I bought a few things and received some plants as gifts over the summer) and what I want to buy as a priority. But I also felt I needed inspiration, and some fun into this mammoth task!

Hence Beervelde. And oh we had fun!!! First of all it was wonderful to see Cora, whom I don’t see that often as she lives in the Netherlands (we have been friends for 31 years!).

And Beervelde was just enchanting... about 250 stands of plants of all kinds, but also decorations, food, gardening clothes, etc. (yet we hardly stopped at these, we were definitely there to look at the plants!).

The park and castle already are gorgeous and well worth a visit (but it is only open for the Flower Show, that takes place twice a year - early May and early October).

(the theme changes each time, this time it was ‘Mushrooms’)

We were very lucky with the weather! It rained a few times, but otherwise we had a gorgeous sunshine throughout the day.

We first went round all the stands.

I couldn’t believe my eyes, all these plants were so perfect! And beautifully presented too. The quality and diversity of the plants really impressed me, as did their price (about one third of what they would cost in France!!!)... I was also impressed by the laid-back, yet very professional, atmosphere.

There were rose bushes of all kinds (mostly all in the same place)...

apple trees (and many other fruit trees!)...




dozens of succulents...


thousands of bulbs of all kinds!

And even tulips, straight from the nearby Netherlands!

I could have stayed there the whole weekend! At the end of the day, I had to decide what to bring home with me! I chose 9 limelight hydrangeas, 3 hazelnut trees and 2 different cornus (one with green yellow leaves and one with lovely pale green berries)...

... as well as some beautiful white heathers and purple violas that now decorate the front of my house...

I am planning to go back next year, maybe in May! Or in October again if I can’t make it in May! I am sure it will be gorgeous and fun again!

Before I end, I have a special treat for all of you who read my blog "My mother’s violin" (over 250 comments, wow! Thank you!)...

The violin safely reached Armenia and is now in the hands of its new owner, Mariam. Here she is with the violin!

It makes me very very happy.

Thank you for reading! Enjoy your weekend! I hope the sun is shining where you are as it is in Paris, it is beautiful.

P.S. A couple of you have mentioned the possible problem of transporting plants from one country to another. Belgium and France are both members of the European Union, in which transporting plants and animals (as long as they aren't protected) is allowed. So be assured I didn't do anything illegal! ;)

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