The 13th edition of the Floralies Internationales opens in France

The 2019 edition of Floralies Internationales Nantes, held at the Parc de la Beaujoire in Nantes.

The 13th edition of Floralies Internationales Nantes – which has changed its name into Floralies Internationales France –  will be held at the Domaine de la Chabotterie estate between 17-26 May 2024.

The event opens today and is mostly known under its old name, Floralies Internationales Nantes/Floralies Nantaises, a tribute to the town that first hosted the event in 1959. The first two editions of the flower show took place in the historical Palais du Champ food wholesale market in downtown Nantes. In 1971, the flower festival moved 3 kms north-east, to the Parc de la Beaujoire convention centre, which until 2019 remained the venue of choice for an event that is held every five years.

In October 2021, the organisation made headlines in the French press after it had unveiled its plans to abandon Nantes, and as such the Loire Atlantique department and set up its camp at La Chabotterie in the neighbouring Vendée department.

In a country known for its departamental rivalry, the decision took the city of Nantes and its Beaujoire fair grounds, purpose-built in 1971 to host the flower show – by surprise igniting a fiery debate. Back then, the latter claimed a €1.5mn loss due the event’s removal.

It is safe to say that many Nantes residents will continue to claim ownership of the event but it is anticipated that even under its new name, Floralies Internationales – France,  and roof, the 10-day event will offer an unforgettable floral extravaganza including country pavilions, show gardens, music, and flower arranging shows.

Today’s opening ceremony will feature a variety of musical and artistic performances. And there will be a visual feast for the eyes from work by renowned floral designers such as Alex Segura, Max Hurtaud, Gabor Nagy, Grégor Lerch, Frédéric Dupré, Isabelle Brethome, and Julia Kim.

For ticket information, visit the Floralies Internationales website

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