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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 August 2005, 20:26 GMT 21:26 UK
Lions share flower carpet riches
Begonia flower carpet
The begonia flower carpet is to raise money for charity
A "flower carpet" made entirely of the petals of 250,000 begonias has been put together in Suffolk to raise money to help sick children.

The display of Belgian blooms at Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds was arranged in less than three hours on Thursday.

Despite months of planning and millions of petals, the multi-coloured masterpiece will only last three days.

Organisers Stowmarket Lions Club hope it will raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Security guards

Jonathan French, of the Lions, said the idea of the flower tapestry was to depict Suffolk and East Anglian scenes.

The images include a map of East Anglia and representations of the communities at Lavenham, Orford and Bury St Edmunds.

The flowers were picked by 21 Belgian growers on Wednesday and brought over to Bury. Among them was begonia breeder Arnold Van Peteghem.

"We do this to promote begonias because, after all, they are the most colourful summer flowering plant in the garden and England has the perfect climate for them," he said.

Security guards are being hired overnight to keep the work of art safe from Abbey Gardens' resident squirrels and ducks.

The exhibition will be open by ticket only from 0900 BST until dusk from Friday to Monday.

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