July 23, 2002:
Floriade, the flower festival
Holland is known around the world as a country of
tulips. Ever since I arrived, I
have wanted to get to know the fields of the largest producer of the world!
Finally that day arrived last Saturday, the 20th, and I
visited Floriade 2002, a festival of flowers and gardens that currently is the
largest event in Holland.
Floriade is organised every ten years, always in
different place in Holland, and now it is in its fifth edition.
This year, the event has been taking place since April 6 in the region of
Haarlemmermeer, on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
Until October, when the event comes to an end, more than 3 million
visitors are expected, coming from many different countries of the world.
Having around 65 hectares and covering an area of
30,000 m2, the Floriade Park offers numerous attractions both for tourists as
well as for professionals in this area. This
aspect makes Floriade very interesting since it is a large fair of flowers that
also offers beautiful scenery and gardens, reconciling the commercial focus with
the tourist side.
Floriade offers options for a fun-packed day full of
colours and perfumes. "On the
Lake" brings a beautiful demonstration of international gardens.
The participating countries each carefully projected their garden.
Europe and Asia joined forces to form this exuberant attraction during
the event. It is possible to see
typical gardens from France, Germany, Bulgaria, Holland, Austria, Hungry,
Luxembourg, Italy, and many others. Special
mention should be given to the gardens of Austria, for its windmills, to Germany
because it is very typical, and to Hungry for its creativity in using wood.
From among the Asian countries are the exotic gardens of Japan, Indonesia,
Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Pakistan, making it possible to get to know a
little of each culture and purchase indigenous merchandise.
My favourite gardens were the one from Japan, with an enormous bonsai
that was practically a plant sculpture, and the one from Indonesia with
beautiful small statues and fountains.
Walking a little further on brings us to a series of
gardens with various themes, including a replica of a small cemetery decorated
with flowers. This pleasant retreat
brings an interesting message and causes us to remember of just how much flowers
symbolise in our life at the most diverse occasions, both during the happy times
and at death.
Further on still, the visitor will meet a large field
of flowers with a great variety of species, colours, and sizes.
It is one of the prettiest places because of the intensity of colours and
for the beauty of the flowers. For
all who visit Floriade, this is a must to see and to take many pictures, even
covered in flowersas I did!
And finally, the 40-meter high pyramid called Big
Spotters' Hill can be seen from afar. It
is a five-story circular stair structure, covered with flowers and especially
decorated for this event. For those
who make it all the way to the top will have a magnificent panoramic view of the
Due to the many flowers and scenery, the entire park
carries an aura of purity and romanticism.
To see all the attractions you have to walk a lot, but at the same time
it is an excellent place to relax and appreciate the very beautiful views
combined with an artistic touch that can be seen throughout the entire event,
both with the carefully planned gardens as with the sculptures that dot the park.
It is a very good option for those in love...along with visitors,
families, couples, friends, and business people.
From the commercial point of view Floriade stimulates
business and the production of flowers, co-operating with the exchange of
techniques and know-how. The fair
has an international impact and it also promotes the interchange of merchandise
and technologies among the countries. Floriade
counts on the participation of thirty countries from Europe, Asia, Africa, and
the Americas. Brazil is not
participating, but a good number of Brazilians have visited the fair, including gaśchos,
in order to establish contacts and expand their knowledge of this area.
Floriance Green Trade Centre is a point for meeting
professionals in the area of horticulture both from Holland and from other
countries. This is the best place
for the exchange of information and for seeking business opportunities during
this event. In the pavilions,
companies, producers, and authorities on the subject are provided with
opportunities for new business and to offer information.
The Glasshouse of the Future offers what there is of
most advanced in production and sustainability methods in terms of horticulture.
Current exhibitions about bulbs, seeds, different plants, and new
techniques also offer a good opportunity for those who want to know more in
Floriade is a very special place to have some fun and
will be a weekend that will always be remembered for the beauty of flowers and
the harmony that they transmit (if enjoyed in special company, then...better yet!).
Furthermore, the event tells a little of Holland's own culture, with its
numerous flower stands, tulips, and bouquets bouncing along in a bicycle ride...
Floriade / 2002:
=> Also, see these images in a slide show presentation
Translated by Traduzca