December 6 - 12, 2015: Issue 243
FLORIADE – THE NETHERLANDS – 1982
Overview of the site from the observation tower
FLORIADE – THE NETHERLANDS – 1982
By George Repin
When my wife and I were at a loose end at Schiphol Airport in 1982, while waiting for a connecting flight, a member of the KLM ground staff suggested that we fill in the time by going to Floriade which was open near Amsterdam at the time. This good advice proved to be fortunate as we enjoyed an unexpected, pleasurable few hours.
Billboard advertising Floriade
Floriade, coordinated by the Dutch Horticultural Council has been held in the Netherlands every ten years since 1960 to showcase Dutch horticulture, to strengthen its image and to promote exports. It is an international exhibition and garden festival recognised by the Bureau of International Expositions.
The location varies and is awarded to a city after a bidding process. After the first Floriade in Rotterdam subsequent Floriades have been held in Amsterdam (1972 and 1982), Zoelemermeer (1992), Haarlemmermeer (2002) and Venlo (2012). The next exhibition in 2022 will be at Almere with the slogan “Growing Green Cities”.
Floriade is set out as a park in which the Dutch horticultural industry presents its latest trends and developments to the world. Topics range from water, sustainability, flowers and gardens. Art, theatre and musical performances have been additional features at recent Floriades.
The accompanying photographs, taken in 1982, provide glimpses of the Floriade in Amsterdam at that time
Dedicated light rail for the exhibition site
Warning sign for the light rail line
Under cover displays
Previous Reflections by George Repin
The Nineteen Thirties Remembering Rowe Street The Sydney Push Saturday Night at the Movies Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram A Stop On The Road To Canberra City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s Hill End The Paragon at Katoomba Seafood In Sydney How Far From Sydney? Cockatoo Island Over The Years The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991 Busby's Bore The Trocadero In Sydney Cahill's restaurants Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection Gloucester and the Barrington Tops A Millenium Apart Have You Stopped to Look? Gulgong Il Porcellino Olympia Durham Hall Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia Hotels at Bondi Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone The Goroka Show - 1958 A Gem On The Quay Staffa The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls The Coal Mine At Balmain The Hyde Park Barracks The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky Making A Difference In Ethiopia William Balmain J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant Waldheim Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955 King Island Kelp The Mercury Theatre Around Angkor - 1963 Angkor Wat 1963 Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli Chairman Mao's Personal Physician The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross The Oceaographic Museum in Monaco The Island of Elba Russian Fairy Tale Plates Meteora Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska Cloisonné Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories Not A Chagall! Did You Listen? Did You Ask? Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand Borobudur Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells Murano University of Padua Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi Pula The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park Aphrodisias The Divine Comedy Caodaism Sapa and local Hill People A Few Children Cappadocia Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997 Hotere Garden Oputae Children of the Trobriand Islands Page Park Market - Rabaul Rabual Kotor, Montenegro Galleries of Photographs I Lascaux Galleries of Photographs II The Cathedral of St. James – Šibenik, Croatia Ivan Meštrović - Sculptor Delphi Gallery of Photographs III The Handicrafts of Chiang Mai Raft Point San Simeon - "Hearst Castle"
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