Dutch Queen Opens World’s Largest Flower Show
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.