Floriade: ready to present a greener future


the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) attended on April 13th opening Expo 2022 Floriade Almere Amsterdam, Netherlands, part. Over the next six months, ending on 9 October, this AIPH-sanctioned World Horticulture Exhibition will feature the theme “Growing Green Cities”. His Majesty King William Alexander era Guest of honor at the opening ceremony. Werner Schouten, sustainability expert and moderator of the opening ceremony, introduced the theme of the Floriade and highlighted the urgency of taking bold action to tackle climate change.

The looming mayor from Almere, Mrs Ank Bijleveld-Schoutenaddressed dignitaries about how this seventh edition of the Floriade will present solutions to the world’s major problems through its four concepts: Greening the City, Feeding the City, Health for the City and Energy for the City.

the General Commissioner the Floriade Expo 2022, Annemarie Jorritsmapraised the people involved and stressed the Sense from educational purpose the Floriade for the greening of cities. He provided insight into why the AIPH approval was so important to Floriade in 2014: “By 2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in cities, so in the horticulture sector we wanted to make a serious effort to bring greener and healthier solutions for the next generation to find.

Floriade is the brand name of this A1 category horticulture world exhibition, held in the Netherlands every ten years since the first AIPH-recognized exhibition in Rotterdam in 1960.

the Opening ceremony underlined with speech from Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Henk Staghouwer, also the importance of the Floriade for a greener change in the world. He said: “Dear children, dear students, this is my message to you, we need your dreams and your optimism. This Floriade proves it. optimism allowed is, with projects and solutions that show how people can produce with nature and not at their own expense. “The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes, joins this invitation for young people to commit themselves today in Floriade to a greener tomorrow and an urban future fueled by nature. Mr. Schouten stressed that without horticulturists there would be no Floriade. Then he presented one video presentation which highlighted the importance of the global flower industry in producing trees and plants that “turn gray cities green”. It was presented by AIPH President Bernard Oosterom and the President of the Dutch Horticultural Association Kees van Rooij.

Mr. Oosterom had the honor of giving to His Majesty a mini apple tree deliver that of Kwekerij Fleuren was drawn in Baarlo. He says, “This tree doesn’t get much taller than me and you can grow it in a pot or in the ground. Our wonderful industry is full of innovations like this one and each will help direct our next generation towards a natural future by preparing for greener cities. . ” the Expo 2022 Floriade covers an area of 62 hectares and is located four meters below sea level on land reclaimed by the IJsselmeer. Almere is one of the youngest and seventh largest cities in the Netherlands. 215,000 people currently live in the city. According to forecasts, the city will grow to 300,000 inhabitants over the next ten years. There are also plans to further expand to 400,000 inhabitants, which would make the city one of the five largest cities in the Netherlands.

Almere is inside Polder Flevoland and was founded in the 1970s to provide housing for the expansion of the city from Amsterdam and the Randstad without having to expand existing cities. The goal was to preserve the “Green Heart”, a vast green and natural area within the Randstad district.

The Dutch Winy Maas Architects deserves credit for that Floriade motifs so complete and “systematic” designed using a square grid of 800 by 800 meters and superimposing it on pre-existing elements such as forests, water, an island and a highway. This creates one geometric regularitywhich is easy for visitors to understand and orient themselves.

The famous Dutch The landscape architect Niek Roozen has with the Green City arboretum a bold plantation concept designed to be a shining example of the green development of the city. After the completion of the Floriade in October, it will Green city arboretum Part of the last Residential area from Almere, Hortus. In addition to this heritage, a 14-story residential skyscraper will be built in Flores, the Aeres University of Applied Sciences, the Flevoland Campus Food Forum and a nursing home. Royal Commissioner of Flevoland Province Leen Verbeek says Almere has performed exceptionally despite a global pandemic. He says, “Even though things haven’t always gone smoothly and there are always problems, this is a result. Here we see people with perseverance and a pioneering spirit. I’m proud of that.”

The landscaping, gardens, flowers and plants are the main reason to visit the Floriade. The park, gardens and exhibitions represent the objectives, themes and concepts of the Expo. the 33 international pavilions they are the result of diplomatic negotiations between national and regional government officials that took more than three years to secure participation. This is not an easy task, especially during a global pandemic.

After the official opening ceremony, Seine embarked on majesty a tour through the World Horticulture Exhibition. He saw the international, national and commercial establishments in the park and greeted the commissioners. She also walked along the promenade in the 10,000 m2 of greenhousetake the horticulture exhibitions seen from all over the world.

The Almere Youth Symphony Orchestra performed a piece from Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, From the New World. While Her Majesty planted watercress plants, supplied by Koppert Cress BV, along with three youngsters in a living representation of the Floriade 2022 map.

After Floriade CEO Hans Bakker announced the opening of the fair, Her Majesty was driven around the site in a golf cart buggy and spoke briefly with the gardeners who laid the green at the Floriade. The afternoon ended with her Majesty’s ride on the 850-meter cable car that connects the island of Utopia to the terminus on the other side of the A6 motorway. (AIPH)

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