Category A1 International Horticultural Exhibition

14/04/2022 - 09/10/2022

Growing Green Cities

Official Designation
The International Horticultural Expo ‘Expo 2022 Floriade Almere, the Netherlands

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Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere (The Netherlands) is an International Horticultural Exhibition, accredited by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) on 1 September 2015 and recognised by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on 15 November 2017. The Expo will be a living laboratory in Almere with creative, green solutions that make cities more fun, more liveable and more sustainable: Growing Green Cities.

Floriade Expo 2022 will consist of inspiring exhibits where more than 40 countries from all of the world will showcase their vision of a green city. Next to the international exhibits, there will also be national exhibits of Dutch horticulture and beyond such as a spectacular greenhouse complex, beautiful gardens and innovative buildings with surprising designs made from sustainable materials. Some of the buildings will also be part of the future city district after the Expo.

These exhibitions will be situated on a unique site with an arboretum that will cover the entire Expo. The arboretum will be a catalogue of trees, plants and crops, arranged in alphabetical order. The site will be connected with a cable car to familiarise visitors with this sustainable mode of transport for green cities.

The inspiring programme and sparkling line-up of events and festivities will ensure that Floriade Expo 2022 will be a lively and dynamic place to be. Each day will bring something new to discover and experience. There will be workshops, pop-ups, art installations, as well as meet-and-greets, cultural events and entertainment - all contributing to make Floriade Expo 2022 a success.

Floriade Expo 2022 provides Almere with much more than a unique international event. After the Expo, the Floriade site will be redeveloped into Hortus: a green, healthy urban district for the future.

Growing Green Cities

The overall theme of Floriade Expo 2022 is "Growing Green Cities". The Earth has seven billion inhabitants. More than 50% of them now live in cities. By 2050 this percentage will have increased to nearly 70%. With continued, relentless urbanisation, there is no other option than to look for ways of keeping cities safe, healthy and attractive - to find a better balance between 'grey' and 'green'. In this context, four subthemes have been developed that will be showcased at the Expo:

  • Greening the city - Parks and green structures, which make cities more attractive;
  • Feeding the city - Food production, safety and food security solutions;
  • Healthying the city - The contribution of green structures to a healthy living environment, as well as the contribution made by green spaces to the physical and mental vitality of city inhabitants;
  • Energising the city - Sustainable energy solutions, as well as the contribution of green spaces towards a vital city.

An eco-friendly life in the city. Sustainably grown foods. Clean energy. A healthy living environment. Increasing numbers of people are interested in these themes and try to live accordingly in their everyday lives. These themes have even more undiscovered options and opportunities. Floriade Expo 2022 will present an optimistic future. It provides a stage for those that think big both nationally and internationally, innovators and intelligent types with green solutions that will make cities increasingly liveable and sustainable as well as more fun.

Floriade Expo 2022 has an arboretum which covers the whole site: a catalogue of trees enriched with plants, crops and flower bulbs, arranged in alphabetical order. Each item has a demonstrable function in the context of a green city. For example, some will lower a city’s temperature, others will store water, clean the air, or create energy.

Each plot within the Expo grounds will be allocated a letter of the alphabet. A 4-metre-wide strip around each plot will contain plants and trees, the Latin names of which start with the letter allocated to the plot.

Each plot has a net surface area of 920m2, and participants may choose to occupy this as a whole, or partial lot. Their exhibits will reflect the Floriade theme and at least one subtheme.

Almere is a relatively new town. It is only 40 years ago that the first pile was sunk in the reclaimed ground, and the first inhabitants settled in this new, polder city. Today, 220,000 people live in Almere and the city, within the European context, is seen as a successful example of a planned city within a greater, metropolitan area.

Due to its location in the province of Flevoland, Almere is 2 to 5 metres below sea level. This southern part of Flevoland, the Flevopolder, is the largest artificial island of the province and was formed from land reclaimed from the Zuiderzee. Dykes locks and pumps today take care of water management, as this polder area lies below the level of the surrounding water.

Almere is growing fast and aims to be the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands by 2030. A stone’s throw from the tourist hotspot of Amsterdam, which draws more than 17 million tourists per year, Almere forms part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The Expo site is a short travel distance from Amsterdam and directly alongside the A6 with a view of the Almere skyline.