The Floriade is an international horticultural show that's being helt every 10 years, somewhere in the Netherlands.
Usually a complete new park is grown in the ten years between the shows.
This year however
they used an already
existing park as the basis for the exhibition.
Of course there were a lot of plants to be shown so
the park was extented considerably with gardens, lakes etc.
The show is open from June to October so several types of flowers are planted to guarantee a 'blooming'
visit to everyone.
Most trees shown were still young and exhibited in pots but nice to see anyway.
As the show is open to the public
a lot of attention is given to general environmental issues as well. Not just about how individuals can help but also about how growers and breeders can change their traditional ways. A lot of research in this field is being done by our Agricultural University.
There's also a large greenhouse that's filled for about 1/3 with tropical plants like orchids and cactusses and such.
Another 1/3 is filled with large flower arrangements and indoor ponds like you'll find in the entrance hall of a big office building or in a hotel lobby.
The last 1/3 is for vegetable growers and they make quite an exhibition of it, I was really surprised by their arrangements and displays. It was all so colourfull and yet so tastefully done that it could easily have been displayed in a hotel lobby too.
The Floriade 2012 will probably be near Rotterdam.