Still time for Floriade

Carla Allen
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Gardeners planning a vacation this fall might want to consider the Floriade, a World Horticultural Expo that is organized once every 10 years in the Netherlands.

The Floriade in the Netherlands is held once every 10 years. It began in April and ends Oct. 7.

The event got underway in April and will be held until Oct. 7 in the Venlo Regio in Noord-Limburg.

With an expected two million visitors, Floriade is the largest event being staged in the Netherlands in 2012.

The region around Venlo ranks as one of the major concentrations of horticulture in the Netherlands.

Visitors to Floriade will be introduced to the many facets of the horticultural sector in an inspirational and interactive manner. The central theme of this edition is taken as the principal starting point: “Be part of the theatre in nature, get closer to the quality of life!”

The theme has been translated into five themed zones or worlds, where visitors can

experience the influence of horticulture on our daily lives using all their senses: Relax & Heal, Green Engine, Education & Innovation, Environment and World Show Stage.

The Floriade park hosts more than 100 exhibits in the form of gardens or pavilions representing participants from the horticultural sector, business community and international participants.

Each day there is a cultural program of music, dance, theatre and visual art from all over the world. The basic program on its own offers in excess of 2,000 performances during the 185 days of the Floriade.

Each themed zone boasts its own play area and hospitality areas where guests can enjoy an array of national and international culinary dishes.

For a panoramic view of the entire park, there’s the Floriade cable car. With a length of 1.1 kilometres and a height of more than 30 metres, the ride is a unique attraction. It can whisk visitors from one side of the park to the other in five minutes.

Flowers, plants, shrubs and trees play the starring role during the World Horticultural Expo. In between the original wooded areas some 1.8 million bulbs, 190,000 perennials, 18,000 shrubs, 15,000 hedge plants, 5,000 rose bushes and 3,000 trees have been planted.

The event is home to a huge number of exceptional plants and collections. These include the Friends Woodland where there is a large collection of fruit trees and fruit hedges, comprising heirloom varieties of orchard trees and modern varieties of fruit.

Another amazing attraction is the pleached limes with 10 layers of branches in the Education & Innovation zone.

For more information visit the website.


Geographic location: Netherlands, Venlo

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