Bart van der Elsken

New record: World largest flower tapestry

A special novelty, the record for world largest flower tapestry, was recently set by a Dutchman and florist in heart and soul, Bart van der Elsken. In collaboration with the largest online department store for plants and accessories from Ukraine (CIB) and sponsored by many Dutch companies, Bart and his team worked for two weeks with about 1.3 million plants - yellow Tagetus and blue Petunia – on an area of 13.057 sqm on a flower tapestry of the Ukrainian flag.

Bart van der Elsken working with Strelitzia

This is a world record and is now in the Guinness Book of Records. Obviously Bart, who already has had a life as a florist and subsequently as a promoter, advisor and arranger on all kinds of events throughout the world, is proud. And not only of the record, of which he already has several to his name, such as the longest uninterrupted flower line. Bart will also have the honour to lend his name to the largest flower shop in Kharkov, the second city of Ukraine: “Barts’ Flower Center”.

Flower arrangements during the exhibition in Kharkov in front of "Bart's Flower Center"

Beside the flower tapestry in Kiev, Bart also shaped the annual Flower Exhibition, with which the independence of the country is celebrated. For the exhibition only flowers from the Netherlands were used. When designing Bart was helped by Sergii Andrieiev (owner of CIB and Bart's Flower Center), friend and colleague Jaap Wisse, 11 Ukrainian florists and another 50 helpers from the country. After the exhibition in Kiev the flower arrangements were constructed again in front of the door of Bart’s Flower Center in Kharkov.

For more information and an impression of Bart's many special projects, see

Guinness Book of Records award: on the right Bart van der Elsken, on the left Jaap Wisse. In the middle the official of the Guinness Book of the United Kingdom.

Bart van der Elsken; in the background floating petunia

Floating chrysanthemum, painted asparagus and orange lilies.

Tunnel with clogs filled with various plants

Tunnels with blue hydrangea, purple Celosia and other plants

A part of the World record of Petunias and Tagetus

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