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Dutch Queen Opens World’s Largest Flower Show

April 9, 1992

ZOETERMEER, Netherlands (AP) _ Queen Beatrix unfurled the flags of two dozens nations Thursday to open Floriade ’92, a once-a-decade horticultural exhibition billed as The Greatest Flower Show on Earth.

About 2.5 million people are expected to vist the six-month exhibition in the heart of Holland’s flower-growing region.

The Dutch began the show in 1962 and put it on every 10 years to promote this small nation’s horticultural industry.

A 230-acre park has been planted with 4,500 trees, 70,000 shrubs, 6,000 rose bushes and 20,000 other plants. Other attractions include a viewing tower, pavilions, streams, lakes and a mile-long monorail. Twenty-three countries contributed gardens or floral displays.

The site is to be turned into a residential area after the exhibition, which took six years of planning and about $100 million to put on.

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