Floriade: Dutch horticultural event opens near Amsterdam

A large horticultural show that happens only once every 10 years opened this week in the Netherlands. The event is called Floriade. It will run until October of this year. The exhibition seeks to show how developments in horticulture can make cities more sustainable and healthier.

More than 25 nations are presenting sustainable ideas during this year’s show under the idea “Growing Green Cities.” The Netherlands, a world leader in horticulture, has a one-hectare greenhouse where farmers are showing off their newest inventions.

Other countries are combining old and new methods in their national exhibits. The event is taking place in Almere, about 30 kilometers from Amsterdam. The area where the event is being held has a new university building and a block of apartment buildings with images of flowers on them.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander opened the event Wednesday. It expects to welcome 2 million visitors in total. The exhibits will change with the seasons, from springtime to summer and autumn.


Source: learningenglish.voanews.com

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