Dutch King Willem-Alexander to open Floriade Expo 2022 in Amsterdam – Almere

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ALMERE, Netherlands: Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam – Almere has confirmed that Dutch King Willem-Alexander will officially open the AIPH-approved horticultural expo on Wednesday 13 April, 2022.

The Floriade has a long standing association with royalty and former Queen Beatrix and Queen Juliana bestowed royal patronage on Floriade.

The ‘Growing Green Cities’ Floriade focuses on making cities more fun, liveable and sustainable. To this end, the Dutch horticulture sector, in conjunction with 400 (inter)national participants, including 33 countries, will present its innovative ideas and solutions.

The Floriade park is based on the arboretum designed by landscape architect Winy Maas. This collection of trees, bulbs, perennials and shrubs that visitors can walk through has been planted alphabetically. At The Green House visitors can see what flowers, plants, vegetables and fruit entail for consumers and society as a whole. Crop cultivation using innovations including drones, robots and vertical horticulture will be showcased.

The Dutch Innovation Experience, the government’s pavilion, will focus on the future of sustainable, circular housing construction. The pavilion was built from hundreds of bio-based materials including timber, straw, reeds, rubber, cattails, paprika stems and mycelium.

Floriade is also home to ornamental gardens and pavilions from countries in Europe, Africa, America and Asia.

Visitors can cross the site using the cable car. Amsterdam and Almere’s ‘The Voice of Urban Nature’ pavilion shows how, together with inhabitants, they are working on the green cities of the future. M. is Flevoland’s new pavilion  for immersive art. Floriade also has an extensive art and culture programme.

The international horticulture exhibition is held once a decade in the Netherlands. This edition in Almere is the 7th Floriade, organised in cooperation with the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR), the national government, the Provincial Government of Flevoland and the Municipality of Almere.  After Floriade Expo 2022 is over, the site will be turned into a green, low-car-traffic, urban district.

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