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Mingling among garden entrepreneurs

Mingling among garden entrepreneurs

It was a bright and cheerful Sunday morning, so we went out on a shoot. We’d heard of a garden fair happening in Enghien, a small town in the Hainaut province, and we were intrigued. Since it was taking place on the verdant domains of a neoclassical Chateau, we were doubly intrigued. The fair was to be an exhibition of the work of local artisans, farmers, workmen and all sorts of other “garden entrepreneurs”.

St Nicolas' church in Enghien
St Nicolas' church in Enghien

Immediately upon our arrival, we were greeted by two muscular blondes drawing a carriage of people back to their cars.

Two muscular horses pull a carriage of people back to their cars.
Two muscular horses pull a carriage of people back to their cars.

Of course people were leaving right as we were arriving: it's no surprise that those who like to work on their gardens would wake up much earlier than us lesser mortals.

Once past the gates, our nostrils were delighted by the fresh smell of Flemish baked goods. Indeed, the very first stand was manned by a small boutique selling Belgian specialty bread. Excellent spatial planning right there.

Local Belgian bread.
Local Belgian bread.
Delicious home-baked olive bread.
Delicious home-baked olive bread.

A bit further along, the exhibition proper began with hundreds of stands of all shapes, sizes and colors. The event was very successful, with a great number of people walking around, admiring and even--gasp--purchasing the work of local artisans.

People admiring the flowers at the Enghien garden fair.
People admiring the flowers at the Enghien garden fair.

This meant lots of flowers, potted bushes, small trees and many other members of the plant kingdom. Our sight was also treated to lovely garden and interior decorations, furniture, portable hammocks (!) and an absolutely astonishing number of stands selling organic foods.

Outdoor hearts.
Outdoor hearts.
Yellow and purple flowers.
Yellow and purple flowers.
A selection of very colourful aviary garden decorations.
A selection of very colourful aviary garden decorations.
Organic food at the garden fair.
Organic food at the garden fair.
Garden decorations and flowers.
Garden decorations and flowers.

Of course, like during any Belgian outdoors event, people were eating, drinking and having a chat to their hearts’ content.

Good food and fun at the Enghien garden fair.
Good food and fun at the Enghien garden fair.

Several artisans had stands inside the Chateau as well. Hand crafted ornaments and wooden toys stood in front of a decor straight out of an episode of Downton Abbey.

The Enghien Chateau.
The Enghien Chateau.
A chandelier inside the Enghien Chateau.
A chandelier inside the Enghien Chateau.
A series of hand-crafted lamps.
A series of hand-crafted lamps.
Wooden toys sold at the fair.
Wooden toys sold at the fair.
Inside the Enghien Chateau.
Inside the Enghien Chateau.

When we had our fill of beautiful pictures and lovely colors (difficult, but it can happen), it was time to go. Luckily, we were treated to a very cute parting shot.

People purchasing a large bag of flowers.
People purchasing a large bag of flowers.

How about you folks? What was the biggest plant you ever had to transport by car? Ours was a small palm tree which was definitely not small enough to be put inside a Ford Ka (which we obviously did).

If you'd like to visit this beautiful Chateau and its surrounding domains, we'll gladly share its website and coordinates:

Le Parc du Château d'Enghien 
Parc, 5 7850 Enghien
Tel: 02/397.10.25
Email: accueil.parc.enghien@skynet.be

 
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