WESTLAND, Netherlands: Lara van Ruijven, who was the first Dutch woman to win an individual world title for short track this winter, was the guest of honour during the event’s opening ceremony at Honselersdijk-based Onings Holland on June 4, 2019.
Now in its ninth year, the four-day lily extravaganza provided a comprehensive overview of the newest lily varieties in the five major lily groups: Orientals, OT-hybrids, Asiatics, LA-hybrids and Longiflorums. International Lily Days brought together breeders, bulb farmers, exporters, florists and all other lily aficionados and took place from June 4 – 7.
Hosting the event’s opening ceremony was Onings Holland. Organisers told FCI that the choice to invite Lara van Ruijven was an easy one as bulb exporter Onings is known for sponsoring sport clubs and events and is extremely proud that Lara van Ruijven and Onings share the same birth ground. Van Ruijven, who won the world title for the 500 meter, is native to Naaldwijk and became the first Dutch woman ever to win individual gold in this discipline.
To mark the occasion the sportswoman named her own Lara lily and casted the first vote for the 2019 Lily League® of 2019, the top-50 of the world’s most popular lily varieties.