Saturday 26 March 2016

Kazakhstan's unique plants at EXPO 2016 Antalya

Kazakhstan will participate in EXPO 2016 Antalya with the country's unique local plants.

Kazakhstan has decided to participate in EXPO 2016 Antalya and Kazakhstan Country Commissioner Tursunkulov Arman stated that he was amazed by the EXPO 2016 Antalya project. Arman promised a Kazakh section of the exhibition area with the country's own cultural, botanical and endemic plants, and said: “There will definitely be Kazakhstan tulips in our garden, plus there is the sievers apple and I would love to have it here”.

Friday 25 March 2016

German “Flower and Child” garden poised for EXPO 2016

The German delegation completed their final preparations for the installation of the “Flower and Child” themed garden at EXPO 2016.

Martin Vetter, the Antalya consul of Germany who also serves as country commissioner, visited the EXPO 2016 exhibition area outside Antalya. Country Commissar Vetter met EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Vice General Secretary Mücahit Şengul and inspected the area where they will install their garden.

Country Commissar Vetter stated their delight to be participating in EXPO 2016 and said:

“The most important message of today is our participation in EXPO. This was a last minute decision but we will showcase the botanic diversity, plants and trees of Germany to you. Additionally, we will form a garden for children with the theme of flowers and children."

Source :

Thursday 24 March 2016

History - Horticultural Expos... since 1960

International Horticultural Expos are a type of International Exhibitions and they are held under the joint auspices of the BIE and the AIPH (the International Association of Horticultural Producers). 

The Horticultural Expos are recognized by the BIE after the following steps are taken: the project is examined and approved by the AIPH; the government of the country in which the exhibition would be held submits a request for recognition to the BIE, and the BIE General Assembly approves the project’s general regulations.

  • These events can last a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months and can take place every 2 years in different countries, and once a decade in the same country
  • The size of the site must be over 50 hectares. 

1960 ROTTERDAM – Netherlands
Floriade Rotterdam 1960 (The Netherlands)
26/03 – 25/09/1960
« International Horticulture »
Specialised Exposition
3 000 000 visitors

1963 HAMBURG - Germany
IGA 63 International Horticultural Exhibition
Hamburg 1964 (Federal republic of Germany)
26/04 – 13/10/1963
“All categories of the Horticulture: economic and cultural”
Specialised Exposition
2 760 000 visiteurs

1964 VIENNA - Austria
WIG 64 International Exhibition Vienna 1964
16/04 – 11/10/1964
“International Horticulture”
Specialised Exhibition
2 115 797 visitors

1969 PARIS - France
Floralies International Paris 1969 (France)
23/04 – 05/10/1969
“Flowers of France and Flowers of the World”
Specialised Exhibition
2 400 000 visitors

1972 AMSTERDAM – Netherlands
Floriade Amsterdam 1972 (The Netherlands)
26/03 – 01/10/1972
“ Effort accomplished by international horticulture”
Specialised Exhibition
4 300 000 visitors

1973 HAMBURG - Germany
IGA 73 Special Exhibition of Horticulture, Hamburg
1973 (Federal Republic of Germany)
“ International Horticulture”
Specialised Exhibition
5 800 000 visitors

1974 VIENNA - Austria
WIG 74 International Horticulture Exhibition,
Vienna (Austria)
18/04 – 14/10/1974
“International Horticulture”
Specialised Exhibition
2 600 000 visitors

1980 MONTREAL - Canada
Floralies de Montreal 1980 (Canada)
17/05 – 01/09/1980
“Relationship between man’s socio-cultural activities and his physical environment”
Specialised Exhibition
1 500 000 visitors

1982 AMSTERDAM – Netherlands
Floriade Amsterdam 1982 (The Netherlands)
08/04 – 10/10/1982
« International Horticulture »
Specialised Exhibition
4 600 000 visitors

1983 MUNICH - Germany
IGA 83
International Horticulture Exhibition, Munich, 1983
(Federal Republic of Germany)
28/04- 09/10/1983
« International Horticulture »
Specialized Exhibition
11 600 000 visitors

1984 LIVERPOOL – Great Britain
The United Kingdom’s 1st Garden Festival
02/05 – 13/10/1984
« The Progress accomplished by International and
National Horticulture »
Specialised Exhibition
3 380 000 visitors

1990 OSAKA - Japan
The International Garden and Greenery Exposition,
Osaka, Japan, 1990
01/04- 30/09/1990
“Relationship of gardens and greenery to human life helping in the creation of a rich 21st century society”
International Specialized exhibition
23 126 934 visitors

1992 THE HAGUE – Netherlands
Floriade 1992 (The Netherlands)
09/04- 12/10/1992
« Horticulture is being involved in a continuous process of renewal in the field of quality, technique, science and management »
International Specialized Exhibition
3 355 600 visitors

1993 STUTTGART - Germany
IGA Stuttgart Expo 93 (Germany)
23/04 – 17/10/1993
« City and Nature - Responsible approach »
International Specialised Exhibition
7 311 000 visitors

1999 KUNMING - China
Expo’99 Kunming, China
May 1 - October 31, 1999
“Man & Nature – marching INTO TH 21st CENTURY”
International Specialized Exposition
9 400 000 visitors

2002 HAARLEMMERMEER – Netherlands
Floriade Haarlemmermeer 2002 (The Netherlands)
06/04 – 20/10/2002
« The contribution of the Netherlands horticulture and International Horticulture in the quality of life in the 21st century »
International Specialised Exhibition
2 300 000 visitors

2003 ROSTOCK - Germany
IGA 2003 Rostock (Internationalen Gartenbauausstellung 2003 Rostock) (Germany)
25/04 – 12/10/2003
« A Seaside Park – A new flowered world »
International Specialised Exposition
2 600 000 visitors

2006-07 CHIANG MAI – Thailand
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 (Thailand)
01/11/2006 – 31/01/2007
« To Express the Love for Humanity »
A1 International Horticultural Exhibition
3 800 000 visitors

2012 VENLO – Netherlands
FLORIADE VENLO 2012 (The Netherlands)
05/04 – 07/10/2012
« be part of the theatre in nature ; get closer to the quality of life »
A1 International Horticultural Exhibition
2 000 000 visitors

2016 ANTALYA – Turkey
Expo 2016 Antalya
« Flowers and Children »
23/04 - 30/10/2016
Over 8 million expected visitors

2019 BEIJING - China

Thursday 17 March 2016

Postcards and Expo 2016 Antalya

This month, Nr 107 of french magazine Amicarte51 talks about the Expo 2016 Antalya.
Postcards, since a long time, are a good way to promote various things, and it's also true to promote Expos, and Expo 2016 !
Many cards are presented, accompagned with a lot of details about the event of this year in Turkey : Expo 2016 Antalya.

Kosovo will participate to Expo 2016 Antalya

Kosovo decided to participate to Expo 2016 Antalya ! It will be created a typical country garden in the area exhibition of the Expo (outside garden) (participation agreement signed on January 18, 2016).

Kosovo delegation consisting of architects and designers Ismet Rukolli and Mimar Ideal Vesja

Kosovo officials said it was important for them to participate at the Turkish EXPO 2016. They also thanked the Turkish authorities.

Source :

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Ambitious pavilion Pakistan at Expo 2016 Antalya

Secretary general Kazım Aydın has received the Commissary general of Pakistan's pavilion, Mr. Abdul Wahid, who's made a visit to the Expo worksite, to examine the external garden project and pavilion.

Source :

Fabulous Children's Island... with video mapping during the night !

Children's Island by night...

Macro cosmos, world's formation and seasons in Turkey will be displayed in video mapping on the 100 meters in diameters dome of Children's Island !

During the evening, kids and famillies will be able to enjoy the exhibition and the visual show... starting from the macro cosmos for at least 360 seconds before the world, and then to Turkey and then to the seasons and the expo goes from general to specific move towards a scenario where we have 360 ​​seconds.

Nearing the plan before we see the universe and the cosmos in the world then there are slowly zooming in Turkey and refreshing than we see ourselves in a forest in Turkey. Here we witness the passage of the seasons. 4 seasons. Spring, summer, autumn, winter passes as the theme.

After completely darkening the space, accompanied by a music video mapping show will be presented in 15 minutes, that ended with EXPO logo, 3 hours until midnight for a marvellous show.
Children's island in the sky, ground, space and underwater activities in the maib concept. 10 different alternatives workshops will be proposed to children : origami, design, paper sculptures and painting workshops to spend a pleasant day. A workshop will be able to benefit from the 40 children at the same time. Four thousand children a day on the island of children's will enjoy activities for free.

Source :

Tuesday 15 March 2016

A little bit of History : Grün 80 !... Switzerland !

Grün 80 was the second Swiss exhibition horticulture and landscape management. It was held in Brülingen (Basel) from 12 April to 12 October 1980.

This environmental event has theme "Man and Nature". The land of the exhibition was extended towards Neue Welt, to the south, to the Birse, eastward. It was divided into six thematic areas: the market, the issue of land, soil and water, beautiful gardens, planting and harvesting, green university.

This area today is a popular recreational area, including the most important parts are the botanical garden, the English park, the Park "Im Grünen" organic farm and sporting facilities.

The company Migros Basel committed itself in 1980 to maintain the site for 100 years.

The Expo cost about 60 million Swiss francs and the exhibition area was 46 hectares. 13,000 trees and shrubs were planted. One of the milestones was the "Dino". The large concrete dinosaur was preserved until the beginning of 2005. It was created for the duration of the Expo, but they had to resign ourselves to the demolition because of its aging structure and the collapse danger he represented. The old Dino was then replaced by a Seismosaurus, even bigger!

Another landmark of the exhibition was the tower with mobile platform going up and down in the manner of a lift. After the Expo, the Tower was sold to the theme park Europa-Park and became Euro-Tower.

Sculpture in red-brown iron "anvil" of Bernhard Luginbühl, at the lake, also represented a landmark in this Expo, and also a symbol.

Note that Queen Elizabeth was one of three million visitors to 80 Grün!

Friday 11 March 2016

"The Authentic Garden" at Taipei Flora Expo

We have talk about remarquable participation of Greece at the Floriade in 2012, but our friend Nikos Thymakis was also at Tapiei Flora Expo in 2010, with Mike Lagos and crucial help in3D design from Cornelius Vekkos and plant donation from Giorgos Kostelenos Olive Nurseries..

He represented Greece with a much quality project named "The Authentic Garden", for the Hellenic participation at this Expo.

He promotes stepping stones for native plants (olive tree, herbs) and soft landscaping. The Hellenic garden took finally 6th position among 31 countries.

The full theme was "The Authentic Garden : a flowering river to the new horizon"... with a clear message... planting give us a better futur while saving environment and climate ! What a good program.

Rich of around 6000 species, Lots of theme were chosen for this project, those who are the best representants of the country.
A river was created inside the Hellenic Garden, to symbolize the path of the mankind, since the more deep past.
The Olympics rings were also there, but of course... only "green" to celebrate an unity around a only one color ! And many other details as so good symbols of Greece !

After the exhibition he made the feasibility study and reports for both the Greek Government and Taipei Representative Office in Athens about establishing a Trade Office of Greece in Taiwan. (2009-2011).

What a pity there's no participation of Greece at Expo 2016 Antalya... we looking forward to see other nice realizations of Nikos Thymakis !
(do not hesitate to contact him : )

Thursday 10 March 2016

Sri Lanka, 38th countries to participate at Expo 2016 Antalya !

South Asian countries Sri Lanka, will participate to the Expo 2016 Antalya.

Ornamental plants in Antalya, the number of countries that signed the Participation Agreement with Sri Lanka rose to 38.
The Sri Lankan Government has decided to participate to the first EXPO in Turkey and the Embassy Undersecretary, appointed Commissioner for Country Dilani Weerakoon.
She slipped the signature ceremony General Commissioner for EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Ambassador Ellis root, "Sri Lanka's EXPO 2016 we are pleased because of the joining of Antalya. Sri Lanka-specific plants and Sri Lanka will be seen all over the world the culture, "he said.

After the ceremony, General Commissioner, Ambassador root, Sri Lanka Country Commissioner Secretary to the Antalya EXPO 2016 Weerakoon Peony flower.

Friday 4 March 2016

Greece at Expo 2016 Antalya ?

Unfortunately, no hellenic garden at Expo 2016 Antalya ! 

Even if this nice project had auspices from Ministry of Culture and Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the very last moment didn't make the "note" that was important to transfer officially the documents to Turkish authorities and Greek Embassy in Ankara ! In this case, impossible to the team to participate in other way as Hellenic Plant Material Exporters Association.

" It's very disapointed for the 30 volunteer expert that did the project of the Hellenic Garden. "Where is the hope has to bloom, for the kids, for the future, they refuse us to participate and give a peacefull message of friendship, awareness, hellenism... What a pity indeed...", said Nikos Thymakis, General Manager of Hellenic Participation in EXPO 2016 and Honorary President of Hellenic Plant Material Exporters Association (Athens, 18 February 2016).
Personally, I want to thank my friend Nikos Thymakis, for outstanding commitment in projects close to his heart. Proud to be Greek, he made every effort to participate and be a worthy representative of his country, Greece, in this horticultural exhibition in Antalya.
I remember having discovered his work during my visit to the Floriade 2012 in Venlo, which I enjoyed, and I already made myself a joy to discover the new creations of this passionated team at the Turkish exhibition!
Even for dedicated and passionated workers, efforts are not always rewarded as we have seen with this Hellenic garden project... I wish him the other wonderful projects in which it can still invest him with passion, and make us dream !

Laurent ANTOINE LeMog