Floriade 2012: World Horticulture Festival

It’s the return of the once-in-a-decade Netherlands flower fest, the Floriade 2012 World Horticulture Expo. With 1.8m bulbs planted across 44 hectares, and more than two million visitors expected over a six-month run, this is one of the gardening world’s stratospheric events. Here’s the view from the opening week. Photograph: Ermindo Armino/AP, Paul Raats/EPA, Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images.

A field of flowers at Floriade in Venlo, the Netherlands, where the sixth edition of the festival has opened.

A close-up of orchids. The event falls once every decade, with more than two million visitors expected over a six-month period.

In all, 1.8m bulbs have been planted across the exposition’s 44-hectare (108-acre) grounds, complementing 190,000 perennial flowering plants, 18,000 shrubs, 15,000 hedge plants and 3,000 trees.

Close-up of a tulip patch.

The Dutch agriculture pavilion. More than 100 participants, often countries or regions, have set up displays showing off some of their best-known foliage and the latest national trends in plant care and display.

The Indonesian contribution, featuring architecture from Bali, Java and Sumatra.

A close-up showing some of the striking colours on display.

The Spanish pavilion, constructed predominantly from waste materials, showcases horticulture from 10 different regions of the country using a multisensory display and even local dishes.

A close-up from the Indonesian section.

A Buddha statue in the Indonesian area.

A blossoming tree.

Floriade’s ‘innovation tower’, with passing gondolas.

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories

The 'Disappearing' Beauty Of Greenland In Photographs By Albert Dros
Daphne Guinness for Tatler Hong Kong, March 2012
Negative Space Inspired Interiors By Mungo Thomson
Behind Her Uniform: The Double Life Of Servicewomen In The Netherlands
Spiders Spin Webs Across Eastern Australia to Escape Flood Waters
Nice Hat
Abandoned Olympic Venues Around The Globe
Most Expensive Home in the World has 27 Floors, Ocean and Slum Views
We’re No Angels, But We’re Still Wonderful
20 People Whose Parents Could Easily Be On The Cover Of Fashion Magazines
Reading Between the Lines by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
Great Portraits Of Ireland And The Irish At The Turn Of The 19th Century
Rare Color Photos From The Depression Era
“After the Apocalypse” by Photographer Lori Nix
Urrban Nightscapes Of Hong Kong In Photographs By Nikolaus Gruenwald
This Young Woman Dresses Like It’s The 19th Century Every Day
If You Take A Selfie Through A Toilet Roll Tube, You’ll Look Like The Moon
Muyum Packaging by Tatabi
Polish Scientist’s Incredible Photographs of Microscopic Creatures
'Game Of Thrones' Releases 20 New Season 8 Character Posters
Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura in Barcelona
Breathtaking Photos of the Deadly Storms Around the World
On This Day Calendar
An Artist Created Stunning Body Paintings Glow Under Black Lights
Breathtaking Drone Imagery Tops Dronestagram’s Annual Photo Awards
These 12 Pictures Of Building Compositions Won The 2019 Art Of Building Photography Competition
Apocalypse Tomorrow 2012 Pin-Up Calendar
Spy Games: Images from the Secret Stasi Archives
Designs of the Year
Chinese Women Use These Swimsuits To Keep Their Skin White