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AIPH approves Malatya International Horticultural Expo 2028

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), the world’s champion for the power of plants, has approved the application from the Malatya Metropolitan Municipality.

The approval took place at the AIPH 74th Annual Congress held in Almere, Netherlands, on 27 September in accordance with the AIPH Regulations for International Horticultural Exhibitions.

Malatya Metropolitan Mayor Mr Selahattin Gürkan says: “Thank you for the approval. It is very important to the people of Malatya, and we are honoured to host an International Horticultural Expo in 2028.”

Malatya is in the Eastern Anatolia region of Türkiye. It is a multicultural city of 13 different provinces and 700 neighbourhoods and is home to almost one million people. It also has a rich geopolitical history of over 7,000 years, serving as an important meeting point for many civilisations passing through it.

Malatya is famous worldwide for its apricot production. Due to its geographical structure, Malatya has different climatic characteristics. In the city, where the continental and Mediterranean climate prevails, the winter months are cold, and the spring months are mild, but the rainfall is high.

Malatya is a popular destination for tourists, and Expo 2028 Malatya will take place for six months, from April to October, expecting up to three million visitors.

The 76-hectare Expo site is proposed in the Turgut Özal Nature Park area, a natural green area owned by the municipality which contains the 55,000 m2 Pınarbaşı pond.

AIPH regional representative and Chairman of The Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association (OAIB) İsmail Yilmaz said: “Malatya is one of the best places to hold a botanical Expo, having a green environment and rich natural resources. The ornamental plants’ industry in the region is developing, and the Expo will contribute greatly to the industry’s success.”

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, says: “Expo 2028 will introduce Malatya and the horticulture of this region to the global stage. The event will create opportunities to exchange knowledge and technological advancement and promote city greening and the importance of the relationship between people and plants.”

The approval for Malatya International Horticultural Expo 2028 comes after a successful site inspection in September and a presentation at the AIPH Expo Conference on 27 September.

Rachel Wakefield

Communications Executive and Associate Editor
United Kingdom