Floriade (Netherlands)

Visitors on "Spotters Hill" at Floriade 2002.

Floriade is an international exhibition and garden festival, held every 10 years in the Netherlands. All have been World Horticultural Expositions and listed as an A1 category exhibition by the International Association of Horticultural Producers[1] and hence recognized by the Bureau of International Expositions. The next Floriade will be held in 2022 in Almere.[2]


Prior to the Floriade in the Netherlands, flower and garden shows were called Flora Exhibitions held at Groenendaal park in Heemstede in 1925, 1935 and 1953, and earlier in 1910 in the Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem.[3] The first Floriade was held in Rotterdam in Het Park with the Euromast being erected to mark the event[4]


The Floriade is coordinated by the Dutch Horticultural Council. The Dutch Horticultural Council was founded in 1908 and aims to strengthen the image of the Dutch horticulture and to promote exports.The location varies and is awarded to a city after a bidding phase.


Floriade City Venue Date AIPH-edition Motto
Floriade 1960 Rotterdam Het Park March 25 - September 1960 1
Floriade 1972 Amsterdam Amstelpark and Beatrixpark March 30 - October 1 1972 5
Floriade 1982 Amsterdam Gaasperpark April 8 - October 10 1982 9
Floriade 1992 Zoetermeer Rokkeveen April 9 - October 10 1992 13
Floriade 2002 Haarlemmermeer Haarlemmermeerse Woods April 6 - October 20 2002 16 Feel the art of nature
Floriade 2012 Venlo Venlo Greenpark April 6 - October 7 2012 19
Floriade 2022 Almere Weerwater 23 Growing Green Cities

Recent Floriades

1992 Zoetermeer

The 1992 Floriade was held in Zoetermeer and ran from 9 April to 10 October. The event was held on converted pasture outside the newtown of Zoetermeer, covered 168 acres and had participants from more than 20 countries.[5]

2002 Haarlemmermeer

The 2002 Floriade was held in Haarlemmermeer with a theme of Contribution of Horticulture in the quality of life in the 21st century. It ran from 5 April to 20 October, covered 65 ha and had 30 participating countries[6]

2012 Venlo Floriade

The Floriade 2012 was held from April 5 to October 7, 2012, in Venlo. The sixth Floriade and nineteenth AIPH world horticultural exposition, the Floriade spanned 66 acres and hosted 25 countries.

2022 Almere

The 2022 Floriade will be held in Almere[2] with design by MVRDV.[7]

Further reading


  1. "AIPH". AIPH. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  2. 1 2 "Floriade Almere 2022" (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  3. "Flora-archief".
  4. "History - Euromast". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. Raver, Anne (3 May 1992). "At Floriade, Tulips Are Just a Start". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  6. "2002 Haarlemmermeer - Netherlands". Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  7. "Floriade 2022 proposal for Almere | MVRDV | Rethinking The Future | Rethinking The Future". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
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