Floriade 2012

AIPH Venlo 2012

Floriade theater
BIE-class Horticultural exposition
Name Floriade 2012
Motto Living Nature
Area 66 hectares (160 acres)
Countries 25
Country Netherlands
City Venlo
Opening April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05)
Closure October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)
Horticultural expositions
Previous Royal Flora Ratchaphruek in Chiang Mai
Next Expo 2016 in Antalya
Website website

The Floriade 2012 was a Dutch horticultural exposition held in Venlo, Netherlands. It was the nineteenth AIPH world horticultural exhibition and the sixth Floriade and was held from April 5 to October 7, 2012. The Floriade 2012 was opened by Queen Beatrix.[1][2] The exposition's theme and slogan was "Be part of the theatre in nature; get closer to the quality of life".[3][4]


The Dutch Horticultural Council selected a number of candidates starting in June 2004 for the organization of the Floriade 2012.[5] The official candidates were:

The municipalities of Rotterdam and Arnhem had in earlier decided to withdraw the candidacy because the financial risks were deemed too high. In Drechtsteden, the five participating municipalities failed to make a positive decision. In Drechtsteden, the concerns of high costs, environmental impact and disruption of Sunday rest were reasons against hosting the festival. The board of the Dutch Horticultural Council announced on December 8, 2004 that the plan of the only remaining candidate, Venlo, met the criteria.

The official preview event, named "Floriade Invites", hosted 22,000 visitors on June 20, 2010.[6] The Floriade, which was designed by landscape architect John Boon, made prominent use of Cradle-to-cradle design.[7]

The festival

Villa Flora, greenest building in the Netherlands, designed by Jón Kristinsson
Leaflet describing the Villa Flora
Queens Square in Venlo during the Floriade

The Floriade Park covered a total of 66 hectares, including 22 hectares of forest, two and a half acres of buildings and four acres of water. Organizers of the festival planted 1,700 trees, 20,000 shrubs, 200,000 perennials, 65,000 water plants, one and a half million bulbs and 95,000 annuals. There were 60 charging stations for electric cars in the parking lot of the Floriade.[8] The park consisted of five themed areas, separated by woodland. Each theme area had its own decor, program and activities.

The Floriade contained two imposing buildings. The design was created between 2007 and 2010 and the first tree planting was in 2008. The same year also saw construction of the theme field, Relax & Heal, and a year later the shrubs were planted. In 2010, the perennials were placed and planted borders. The last theme field Green Engine was built.

Villa Flora was one of the biggest crowd pullers at the Floriade.[9][10] The fully energy-neutral building is a symbol of sustainability, innovation and the green economy. Villa Flora is a design by the architect Jón Kristinsson. The Innova has been designed by former government architect Jo Coenen.[11] The building is 70 meters high and has 16 floors, with exhibition rooms on the 16th floor, and has been redeveloped to become part of the Venlo GreenPark, a green business park.[12][13] A 1,100 meter-long cable car system running through the park opened on April 16, 2011.

Queen Beatrix visited the Floriade a second time during the state visit of President Abdullah Gül of Turkey, in which the president opened the Turkish pavilion.


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