Horticultural Expos were brought into the scope of the BIE in 1959, a year before the first Expo of this kind. They are held under the joint auspices of the BIE and the Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH). Due to their international character, their duration (3 to 6 months), their size (50 ha minimum), their millions of visitors and the importance given to innovation and education, Horticultural Expos are in a way the World Expos of Horticulture.
At least two years must separate two Horticultural Expos.
Horticultural Expos Identity Card:
Trademark: Innovation in horticulture and green living
Who creates the event: Horticultural Expos are held under the joint auspices of the Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and the BIE. They are national events organised in a chosen city or in its outskirts.
Who participates to the event: Countries, companies and horticultural producers
Who visits the event: The general public. The number of visitors can go from 2-3 million (Venlo 2012) to over 20 million (Osaka 1990).
Why: Horticultural Expos were created to stimulate and promote innovations in agriculture, horticulture and landscaping services. Today, they have also taken on a fundamental mission: sharing experience and solutions to improve the quality of life in cities through horticulture.
How: Participants share their expertise, techniques and innovative ideas through gardens and exhibition space.
Size of the Expo site: Minimum 50 ha
When: Horticultural Expos can take place every 2 years and last between 3 and 6 months. There has to be a minimum of 10 years between two Horticultural Expos in the same country.
Where: Horticultural Expos can take place in any part of the world.
The next Horticultural Expo: Expo Beijing 2019 (China)
Urban Impact: The sites of Horticultural Expos allow the greening of the cities where they take place and aim at improving local quality of life through gardens, parks, and cultural and leisure space.