Closing Ceremony Floriade Expo 2022 with 22 Awards for participants and exhibitors

Sunday October 9th the last visitors enjoyed the World Horticultural Exhibition Floriade Expo 2022 with the theme Growing Green Cities. The last day ended with an closing and award ceremony for all the participants.

Floriade Expo 2022 was characterised by its huge wealth of flowers and plants but was also all about green innovations and other ways of appreciating ‘green’, such as the actual ecosystems of trees and plants. Floriade was especially unique with its Arboretum of 3,000 trees which will remain part of the urban district ‘Hortus’. The crowd favorites of this Expo were Almeerse Wolunie, Treeport Zundert, Wilde Weelde, Amsterdam-Almere Pavilion, Agroforestry and Groen Collectief. And the international official participants Salt Water Cities of UAE, the Pigeon Towers of Qatar and the german Biotopia.

However, the official awards were allocated by a professional jury.

Official Awards

The Award Ceremony was part of the Official Closing Ceremony. In line with the regulations of the AIPH (International Association of Horticultural Producers) and BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) prizes were awarded to those participants that have contributed the most to the success of the Expo and that have shown the best use of horticulture to communicate the theme of the Expo: Growing Green Cities. A total of 22 awards were handed out.

Gold Award Indoor – Dutch Innovation Experience – Natural Pavilion and the Exploded View House

The Natural Pavilion shows the future of housing construction with sustainability and circularity as the key elements. The pavilion consists of 95% bio-based materials, most of which originate from the Netherlands. The Exploded View beyond Building consists of 100 natural materials. The jury believes this participant fully embraced the theme and gave us a glimpse into technologies and ideas that could be part of a sustainable future. The natural world has many answers to the challenges we face and both the pavilion and the house translate that into an amazing visitor experience.

Gold Award Garden and Landscape Design – Lips Groen Hoveniers – FeelGood Garden

This garden is designed to stimulate you in a natural way and to put your senses to work. “When you walk in this garden you can feel its energy.  It has brought strong colors and emotion to the Expo while at the same time being a garden that reaches the heart. This garden is based on research and experience, people feel better being in a place like this and the jury definitely felt this too.”

Gold Award Outdoor Gardens – Germany – BIOTOPIA

This was a very difficult decision for the jury because the standards were very high. However, Germany’s participation ticked all the boxes for the jury. “With a strong support team they were able to give visitors an immersive experience into understanding what a sustainable future can look like and the role we can all play. The rooftop gardens showed new ways of living that integrate people and nature. The team maintained the highest quality up until the end and they deserve the highest praise for what they achieved.”

Gold Award Indoor – Japan – Satoyama Farm Garden

Japan showed a traditional ecological agricultural garden and flower exhibitions in the Satoyama Farm. “Every two weeks, throughout the Expo, Japan created a whole new floral display in their pavilion. They brought in Japanese expert floral designers every time and the standard was exceptionally high. Each display was relevant for the season and the theme, while at the same time showing something uniquely Japanese. They should be very proud of this amazing achievement.”

Gold Award Indoor - Dutch Innovation Experience – Natural Pavilion and the Exploded View House
Gold Award Indoor - Dutch Innovation Experience – Natural Pavilion and the Exploded View House
Gold Award Indoor - Dutch Innovation Experience – Natural Pavilion and the Exploded View House
Gold Award Landscape - Lips Groen Hoveniers - FeelGood Garden
Gold Award Landscape - Lips Groen Hoveniers - FeelGood Garden
Gold Award Outdoor - Germany – BIOTOPIA
Gold Award Outdoor - Germany – BIOTOPIA
Gold Award Indoor - Japan – Satoyama Farm Garden
Gold Award Indoor - Japan – Satoyama Farm Garden

Special Awards

Next to the aforementioned awards, special awards were given out.

The Theme Prize recognizes two participants that connected strongly with the Expo Theme Growing Green Cities. Dutch participants Circuloco and Stichting Weerwoud’s Agroforestry were honored with this award. The Theme Prize was won by international official participants Italy for her Future Roots (outdoor) and India for her Heralding Healthy Revolution through Horticulture (indoor).

According to the jury there were a number of official participants that really excelled themselves at this Expo. They have put passion and care into their participation, as well as significant investment in many cases. Mr. Tim Briercliffe, Chairman of the Jury and Secretary General at AIPH, presented five Special Awards:

  • Most Educational Exhibition
  • Cultural Activities Award
  • Hospitality Award
  • Garden Experience Award
  • Sustainability Award
Most Educational Exhibition – United Arab Emirates – Salt Water Cities

“No-one could go through this garden and pavilion without learning a lot about the challenges facing the UAE and the amazing solutions available through the use of plants. The UAE team took care of every visitor and provided a unique experience in the Expo. It was really a wonderful experience.”

Cultural Activities Award – Suriname – The Greenest Place, since ever

“You could not experience the Suriname pavilion without feeling like you were there, not only with the plants but with the food and the people too! In their national celebrations they ‘took over the Expo’ and now we all feel we understand Suriname much better than before and feel their passion for this very green country.”

Hospitality Award – Qatar – Desert Nest

The Desert Nest exhibition is inspired by nature and life in the desert, offering a forward thinking vision for sustainable ways to live in harmony with the environment. “Everyone was made to feel welcome in Qatar. Not only could you experience the amazing pigeon towers – the tallest 3D printed tower – you could also taste coffee and dates and try on traditional dresses. It was like being in Qatar yourself and they provided a great way to welcome visitors to their own A1 World Horticultural Expo in Doha opening in just one year’s time.”

Garden Experience Award – China – A Growing Chinese Bamboo Garden

This garden combines traditional Chinese landscape architecture and the latest horticultural developments. “In this Floriade China has shown the wonder and versatility of bamboo as the underpinning of their garden. They went even further by filling it with beautiful and well-maintained flowering plants. It provided a true garden experience and the perfect place to sit down, relax and be immersed in the garden.”

Sustainability Award – Belgium – Regenerative Garden

The Belgian garden is full of edible flowers and plants. The Belgium pavilion is small, but big in design, with geometric, playful and contemporary design and extremely sustainable. All the materials are fully reusable or biodegradable. “Without human intervention, the pavilion could decompose naturally. For example cross-laminated timber was used that is fully recyclable, the walls and tiles of the courtyard were made of compressed, non-baked stones from earth combined with bioplastic based on algae starch.”

Most Educational Exhibition - United Arab Emirates – Salt Water Cities
United Arab
Most Educational Exhibition - United Arab Emirates – Salt Water Cities
Cultural Activities Award - Suriname – The Greenest Place, since ever
Cultural Activities Award - Suriname – The Greenest Place, since ever
Hospitality Award - Qatar – Desert Nest
Hospitality Award - Qatar – Desert Nest
Garden Experience Award - China – A Growing Chinese Bamboo Garden
Garden Experience Award - China – A Growing Chinese Bamboo Garden
Sustainability Award – Belgium – Regenerative Garden
Sustainability Award – Belgium – Regenerative Garden

The competitions are of great importance to the AIPH, because they stimulate participants to focus on high horticultural standards, to stimulate new thinking and ideas for the future and to create a beautiful visitor experience.

Between the various award ceremonies the Almere Music Ensemble Black Pencil provided a musical interlude with images of the opening show by Vis a Vis, Ulrike Quade Company presented a scene from the Floriade Main Show and the last interlude was by dancers of Theaterschool Almere together with an Alluminous Light Art Festival projection of Hive by Daphne Karstens.

Full overview Official Awards

Presentations of companies and organizations

Circuloco is the place at the Expo where local entrepreneurs have joined forces in the field of circularity. Visitors have enjoyed beautiful products, stories, applications, art and inspiration from the local area of Almere. After the Expo, the Circuloco pavilion will stay in the new urban district, where it will serve for a longer period as a circular hub and platform with local solutions.

In The Green House, visitors were taken on a journey through greenhouse horticulture: from seed or cutting to fruit and vegetables to taste or to beautiful flowers and plants. The latest innovations and developments in the field of, among other things, circular agriculture, climate adaptation, biodiversity and food supply can also be seen here. In the High Tech Greenhouse the professional cultivation strawberries, peppers, gerberas and potanthuriums showed what innovative and sustainable cultivation looks like.

At Europarcs the visitors could experience the new ‘re-creation’. At this pavilion, you could get a taste of what a sustainable holiday home might look like, with two CO2-neutral homes in which new technologies have been applied.

The Natural Pavilion shows the future of housing construction with sustainability and circularity as the key elements. The pavilion consists of 95% bio-based materials, most of which originate from the Netherlands. The Exploded View beyond Building consists of 100 natural materials. The jury believes this participant fully embraced the theme and gave us a glimpse into technologies and ideas that could be part of a sustainable future. The natural world has many answers to the challenges we face and both the pavilion and the house translate that into an amazing visitor

Gardens and Landscape Design

On 1.4 hectares of land, Agroforestry shows how food supply and ecosystem restoration go together in the city of the future.

As the saying goes, as the twig is bent, so grows the tree! By starting early with education about nature and food, understanding and respect for nature is developed at an early age. School gardens are a fun and educational way for children to put this into practice. Children from various primary schools have been working hard on their little piece of green. This school garden is part of The Voice of Urban Nature, the joint pavilion at Floriade of both Amsterdam and Almere. With the school garden lessons, Amsterdam brings over a 100 years of school garden experience to Almere.

The city according to Wilde Weelde: green, natural and full of life for people, animals and plants. An spiral-shaped garden where one could wander along the banks of the Weerwater lake and enjoy this green city square full of beautiful indigenous trees, flowers and plants.

This garden is designed to stimulate you in a natural way and to put your senses to work. “When you walk in this garden you can feel its energy. It has brought strong colors and emotion to the Expo while at the same time being a garden that reaches the heart. This garden is based on research and experience, people feel better being in a place like this and the jury definitely felt this too.”

Indoor presentations

At The Green House, India presented its southernmost state Tamil Nadu, with colourful blankets and carpets (Bhavani Jamakkalam) and world-class products like bananas, fresh and exotic vegetables, spices and medicinal products, a wide range of coconut-based products, flower arrangements and a beautiful building made of thousands seeds.

Thailand presented a Thai pavilion with an exhibition on green, food, health and energy and an exotic garden full of water lilies, turmeric plants and ornamental plants.

A warm welcome awaited the visitors at the Suriname Pavilion. For the greenhouse was not only a place where you could experience the warm Surinamese culture and love for nature, but also the ideal environment for a small green jungle. In the heated greenhouse trees, plants, fruit and nature-friendly solutions to the consequences of climate change were presented.

Japan showed a traditional ecological agricultural garden and flower exhibitions in the Satoyama Farm. “Every two weeks, throughout the Expo, Japan created a whole new floral display in their pavilion. They brought in Japanese expert floral designers every time and the standard was exceptionally high. Each display was relevant for the season and the theme, while at the same time showing something uniquely Japanese. They should be very proud of this amazing achievement.”

Outdoor Gardens

In this contemporary Mediterranean garden you imagine yourself in Italy. Flowers alternate with edible plants that would be perfect in a traditional Italian dish.

This garden combines traditional Chinese landscape architecture and the latest horticultural developments. “In this Floriade China has shown the wonder and versatility of bamboo as the underpinning of their garden. They went even further by filling it with beautiful and well-maintained flowering plants. It provided a true garden experience and the perfect place to sit down, relax and be immersed in the garden.”

“No-one could go through this garden and pavilion without learning a lot about the challenges facing the UAE and the amazing solutions available through the use of plants.  The UAE team took care of every visitor and provided a unique experience in the Expo.  It was really a wonderful experience.”

This was a very difficult decision for the jury because the standards were very high. However, Germany’s participation ticked all the boxes for the jury. “With a strong support team they were able to give visitors an immersive experience into understanding what a sustainable future can look like and the role we can all play. The rooftop gardens showed new ways of living that integrate people and nature. The team maintained the highest quality up until the end and they deserve the highest praise for what they achieved.”