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 is 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 consists of inspiring exhibits where more than 30 countries from all over the world are showcasing their vision of a green city. Next to the international exhibits, the Dutch horticulture sector together with national participants are exhibiting their green solutions, such as the spectacular 10,000m2 greenhouse complex, beautiful gardens and innovative buildings with surprising designs made from sustainable materials. The green structure of the Expo site and some of the buildings will also be part of the future city district after the Expo.

These exhibitions are situated on a unique site with an arboretum that covers the entire Expo. The arboretum is a living catalogue of trees, plants and flowers, arranged in alphabetical order, that visitors can walk through. All the trees and plants contribute to a healthy, green city. A cable car that connects the site familiarises visitors with this sustainable mode of transport for green cities and gives an amazing view of the park.

The inspiring programme and sparkling line-up of events and festivities ensure that Floriade Expo 2022 is a lively and dynamic place to be. Each day brings something new to discover and experience. There are workshops, pop-ups, art installations, as well as theatre, live music and orchestras, 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 and are showcased at the Expo:

  • Greening the city - Visitors will be immersed in the arboretum's greenery and the site’s green structures, which make cities more attractive;
  • Feeding the city - Sustainable food production, safety and food security solutions; agroforestry, experimental and sustainable agriculture and horticulture;
  • 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 presents 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 lower a city’s temperature, others store water, clean the air, or create energy. The arboretum is an idea of architect and urban planner Winy Maas, who developed the master plan for the Expo.

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

Almere is the youngest city in the Netherlands, the first residents settled there only 45 years ago. The city was conceived on the drawing board as a 'garden city' and is now the greenest city in the Netherlands. Almere is still in full development with a focus on being green and sustainable. That is what makes the arrival of the Floriade Expo 2022 and the Growing Green Cities theme in Almere so logical. 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.