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Update: Floriade's final exposition was in 2022. The article below was written before the show took place for the last time.

Floriade photo

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

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 and final appearance of the 21st Century from April to October, 2022.

The Expo's location will move from Venlo to Almere, a modern "garden city" near Amsterdam that was built on land reclaimed from the sea.

The theme of the show will be "Growing Green Cities"--an appropriate motto, given that the site will become a new urban district named Hortus after Floriade shuts down in October, 2022.

Practical information

Tickets: If history is any guide, you'll be able to choose among single tickets, season tickets, and other options. For details, see the official Floriade Web site (link below) closer to the exposition dates.

Transportation: Before Floriade 2022 begins, information on trains, buses, road access, etc. will be published on the Floriade Web site.

Related resources

The world's largest flower garden has more than 7,000,000 bulbs, including 1,000 varieties of tulips alone.

Netherlands Articles
Plan your trip with an Amsterdam Web guide, an introduction to Schipohl Airport, and other useful information. (If you have time, plan a visit to Rotterdam, a mecca for fans of modern art and urban design.)

Photos from past Floriade expositions

Floriade 1960 photo

Rotterdam hosted the first Floriade in 1960.

Floriade 1992 photo

Thai Pavilion from the 1992 Floriade.

Floriade 2002 photo

Big Spotters Hill was the literal high point of Floriade 2002, rising 40 meters (120 feet) above the park and the Harlemmermeer countryside.

Related article:
Keukenhof: The world's largest flower garden

Photos: Floriade.