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Driehoeksplein 2 (Knokke, Belgium)

Belgian flower house Daniel Ost, headed by creative director Nele Ost, has given the Driehoeksplein a new look at the behest of the Knokke-Heist municipality. Having already lined the square with artful pyramids in 2020, this time it opted to create a stylized landscape garden around Wim Delvoye's high-profile artwork Rose des Vents, based on the classic parterre. The realization and maintenance of this green oasis are in the caring hands and experienced green fingers of Piet Sleutjes' team of gardening company Henk Sleutjes bvba from Knokke-Heist. For the occasion, 2,500 bushes of 'Japanese Holly' (Ilex Crenata), the replacement for the plagued Buxus, and more than 1,000 bushes of 'Schijnhulst' (Osmanthus burkwoodii) were laid out in tight circles. In between are several trees such as the 'Glossy Sycamore' (Photinia), 'Japanese Woolly Sycamore' (Eriobotrya) and 'American Holly' (Ilex 'Nellie Stevens') that instantly turn the square into a new green lung in the downtown area. 30 tons of red cobblestones and more than 2,000 Belgian-made perennials complete the picture. "We wanted to move away from our well-known floral decorations, and create a concept that people can enjoy for a longer period of time" says CEO Yann Callaert. "We have been active in garden design and landscaping for many years and this was the ideal opportunity to take it out in public for once. Knokke-Heist is a vibrant municipality that highly values the design, construction and maintenance of the public domain, and we are proud to contribute our (red) bit to that."