Holland Garden at Beijing International Horticultural Expo
This month marks the opening of the International Horticulture Exhibition in Beijing China, which will take place until 7 October 2019 and will have ‘Live Green, Live Better’ as the theme. As a global trend setter in plants, bulbs and propagation materials in the horticulture sector, the Netherlands will be showcasing state-of-the-art developments during the expo at the Holland Garden pavilion.
The Beijing International Horticulture Exhibition (Beijing Expo 2019) is a grand public showcase displaying everything the world has to offer in the field of flowers, plants, as well as innovations for the horticulture sector. One hundred countries – key among them, the Netherlands - will be demonstrating their horticulture-knowhow in one of the many national pavilions covering the expo’s 503 hectares large area.
With Holland’s large horticulture and flower sector – the country exported €3.7 billion worth of cut flowers globally in 2018 - the Netherlands Pavilion is all set to dazzle visitors with its designs featuring a variety of colors, fragrances and themes.
The Netherlands’ landscape architect, Niek Roozen, designed the pavilion with Dutch architect bureau MVRDV . The design is loosely based on the Floriade garden exhibition, planned for 2022 – the Holland Garden pavilion will also serve as a preview and promotion for the Floriade - which is held every 10 years at various locations in the Netherlands.
The Holland Garden carries the theme Green Cities. It focusses on creating cities that are livable and colorful, for instance by adding evergreen conifers or shrubs with berries and early blooming plants.
‘In the Holland garden we aim to show the diversity of the Dutch horticultural sector. On the one hand we’re showing the diversity of plants and making cities more livable and colorful. On the other hand we are showcasing themes such as sponge cities and sustainable food security’, says Niek Roozen. He designed the Holland Garden to resemble a city – with steel constructions to look like a city’s skyline – combined with gardens and trees.
Dutch organizations, involved in greening cities and sustainable food, can showcase their innovations in the smaller pavilions surrounding the main pavilion. Furthermore, there will be activities to educate children about the concept of green cities.
The Holland Garden will also show the Dutch interest in biodiversity in the various gardens by planting flowers that attract butterflies and bees.
Last but not least, the “border” surrounding the Garden will consist of 10,000 tulips which will be in bloom at the opening of Beijing Expo 2019. To guarantee that the pavilion will remain in bloom and colorful for the next 6 months, new flowers types will be added or planted twice.