Friday 29 May 2015

11th Antalya Flower Festival... a success for "Çiçek ve Çocuk" !

"Flower and Children" is the main topic for 11th Antalya Flower Festival (may 22, 23)... and for Expo 206 Antalya !

let's discover some pics from the event :

Pics courtesy : Expo 2016 Antalya Facebook Page


Monday 25 May 2015

Lauching of Antalya in bloom project...

2015, May 16

Türel : "Antalya will bloom"

At the launching of “Antalya in Bloom” project, Antalya Metropolitan Mayor Mr. Menderes Türel underlined that city will have a new center of attraction. Hence, he said “Antalya will bloom with this project.” Kaleiçi (Old Town), with its historic fabric will attract visitors with the scent of flowers.

Mayor Türel has pointed out that “Antalya in Bloom” is being implemented with the partnership of the Governorship of Antalya and the EXPO 2016 Agency. The event was held in Suna İnan Kıraç Museum and Research Institute of Mediterranean Civilizations in Kaleiçi (Old Town). Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Mr. Mehdi Eker, Governor of Antalya Mr. Muammer Türker, Secretary General of EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Mr. Haşmet Suiçmez and representatives of non-governmental organizations were also present.

Minister Eker said “Antalya again is under the limelight with another important project. Here in Antalya, we can see the ruins of Lycians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljukians, Ottomans and the Republic era. Antalya is the very center of history, agriculture and tourism. We are striving for creating a more vital city here. It is our duty to preserve the historical heritage of the city and leave it to the next generations.”

Antalya will win the competition with this project

Minister Eker also noted that “Now we are taking part in the Communities in Bloom competition. It is a very challenging international competition. This is a project undertaken in close cooperation with EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency. I hope that this project which I attach much importance will win the competition”

Communities in bloom

Mayor Türel stated that “Communities in Bloom is a Canada-based competition, started by a non-governmental organization. The aim is to encourage the ‘greening’ of the city with the active involvement of the community. Flower culture will further develop and a vibrant movement will start for a ‘greener’ Antalya. Antalya will polish its historical fabric with the scent of flowers. By participating in this competition, we are also attracting attention to the preparations for EXPO 2016 Antalya. We cannot have the EXPO 2016 Antalya without the streets and houses of Antalya in bloom. This is also befitting to the theme of ‘flowers and children’.”

We hope to win the competition in september

Türel thanked the partners of the project and added, “We submitted our application for the competition. The Jury will visit Antalya in July and we hope to win the competition in September. The construction works for the project will cost 4.530.000TL(?CAD) and are expected to be finished by June.”

Mayor Türel: “In line with the project many construction works will be implemented. Hıdırlık Street and Hesapçı Street will be decorated with flowers befitting the historic fabric and facades of many buildings will be restored. Many details form flower pots to illuminations, from waterworks to sitting benches are planned. Elements as a chamois sculpture, a historic water well and monumental trees are also part of the project. We will offer an unforgettable experience to the public with laser mapping shows that will be projected to the historical Hıdırlık Tower. For protecting the historical heritage of Kaleiçi (Old Town), Hıdırlık Tower and Tophane City Walls will go under restoration. The City Culture and Tourism Directorate will open the doors of Ethnography Museum in January.”

Culture and art will live in the streets

Mayor Türel remarked that culture, art and nature will live in Kaleiçi streets once the project is completed: “Workshops about nature will be organized in Karaalioğlu Park and this park will be turned into a botanic park. With the participation of children, tree planting activities and landscaping competitions will be organized. You will see men and women wearing the costumes of the past, depicting the way how the people lived in Antalya walking in the streets. We will have a chance to come across a merchant from Perge, a Byzantine soldier, a Seljukian woman, an Ottoman Sultan and people from the first era of the Turkish Republic. Also on a stage built in the area, entertaining performances will be held bringing joy and dynamism.

Magnificent sunset to be enjoyed from a glass terrace

Mayor Türel announced the construction of a glass terrace with an overview of the marina: “We will create a nice ambiance there with musical performances at the sunset. We believe that we will attract a lot of attention with laser mapping shows on the Hıdırlık Tower. By doing so, we also aim to increase the awareness of such a unique historical heritage as the Hıdırlık Tower. For this project a logo is designed representing the sun, historical fabric and nature of Antalya. The website is being built to give information about the project and the cultural activities.”

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Tuesday 19 May 2015

Antalya Flower Festival... 22, 23 May...

The 11th Antalya Flower Festival, supported by EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency, will occur on 22nd and 23rd of May !

Friday 15 May 2015

AIPH re-brands and redefines its purpose

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has redefined its purpose and renewed its brand alongside a clear Strategic Plan supported by its members.

The narrative and brand project has seen AIPH clarify its role as ‘The world’s champion for the power of plants’.

In summary, the purpose of AIPH is now defined as follows:

Since 1948, AIPH has united horticultural producers in an international community that thrives to this day. Much has changed in that time.

Technologies advanced, cities rose from the ground, and we have become more connected than ever. As a result, our essential bond with nature has been weakened.

AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct.

We support the work of grower associations globally and together we champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain our planet, for this generation and the next.

Vic Krahn, AIPH President, explains the thinking behind the rebrand: “As a global industry our relationship with nature was pivotal in our past. It is fundamental to our future. The state of the world dictates that AIPH is more important today than ever in its history. Tomorrow, it will be more so. With an ambitious, determined and optimistic narrative and a clear Strategic Plan, AIPH can achieve more and build a stronger international community”.

To communicate this purpose visually the Association has developed new branding that includes a fresh look logo and new website

Vic Krahn continues, “I am delighted that our new brand captures the spirit of global cooperation and the beauty of plants. With the hope for a world made healthy and prosperous by plants, AIPH can unite people worldwide, both inside and outside the industry. With the tools to campaign effectively, AIPH will continue to earn global recognition for the essential work it does in sustaining our planet for future generations.”

The AIPH Strategic Plan focuses on four key areas:

1. To stimulate increased demand for ornamental trees, plants and flowers worldwide.

Delivered by promoting and approving international horticultural exhibitions (Marketing & Exhibitions Committee) and promoting the role of plants in greening cities (Green City Committee)

2. To protect and promote the interests of the industry.

Delivered by promoting an effectively functioning plant breeders rights system (Novelty Protection Committee) and representing growers interests in certification schemes, plant health and science (Environment & Plant Health Committee)

3. To be the place where growers come to for international industry information and knowledge exchange.

Delivered through the annual production of the AIPH/Union Fleurs Statistical Yearbook, industry events and AIPH meetings

4. To promote best practice in sustainable ornamentals production.

Delivered by the organisation of the AIPH International Grower of the Year competition.

At a time when supporting the role of plants is more important than ever, AIPH is more important than ever. Visit the new AIPH website at

Sunday 10 May 2015

Antalya in Bloom project was introduced in Expo Council

EXPO 2016 Antalya Council Meeting was held on 30 March, 2015 in Su Hotel Antalya, headed by Governor of Antalya. A general presentation about developments in EXPO 2016 Antalya project was made to inform council members.  

Chairman of International Working Group Commitee, Mr. Osman BAĞDATLIOĞLU; made a presentation about “Antalya In Bloom” project to the Council.

Antalya In Bloom project will be made in a historical part of the city to renovate and  create a more green environment including floral displays. With this project, Turkey will participate for the first time to Communities In Bloom international competition, originated in Canada.  Application of the project will be finished until June. There will be a judgement from international jury on July, 2015 and the results of the competition will be launched  on October in Canada.

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