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ABOVE: A rendering of the Water Lily Pond at the Floriade exposition of 2002.

Floriade, the World's Fair of horticultural shows, is the largest public event in the Netherlands. The exhibition, which takes place only once every 10 years, will make its third appearance of the 21st Century from April to October, 2022.

According to Floriade's organizers, more than 30 million people live within a two-hour drive of the Venlo region. To make the exposition even more accessible, a road built for the 2012 Floriade (the A74) now links the German road network with the A73 at Venlo.

The current park covers 66 hectares (163 acres) and has five "themed worlds," each separated from the others by wooded areas. Highlights include Villa Flora ("the greenest office in the Netherlands"), a Flower Bulb Pavilion ("discover the story behind the towering tulip"), A Taste of Life ("get a taste of Dutch agriculture and horticulture" as produce passes by on a sushi-style conveyor), Bee for the World ("experience life as a bee"), the longest aerial cablecar system in the Netherlands, and a number of themed restaurants.

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