Kaas Pathar – Nature’s Panorama of Colors

Imagine miles of lands stretched in front of your eyes covered in colorful blooms. This blissful sight is something you can expect after monsoon in the Kaas plateau. This site about 25 kilometers away from Satara, Maharashtra was declared UNESCO World Natural Heritage Spot in 2012, for being a biodiversity hotspot. It is home to wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses. The species of plants found here are unique and beautiful in their own right and are found to be in full bloom for a couple of months during and after the monsoon. This breathtaking spot mesmerizes the visitors and shows the power of nature.

Location: Where is Kaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar Located?

Located on a plateau near Satara, this stretch of flowering plants exists at the altitude of 1200 kilometers. The plateau is a result of volcanic activity. The activities have rendered the soil with a thin cover with unique volcanic rock soil properties. Due to this, the plants that survive here can survive in no other regions. This region is also amongst the heavy rainfall zones. Kaas plateau also known as Kaas Pathar by the locals, nurtures some 850 different species of plants. The plateau gets its name from the Kaasa tree, which sprouts white flowers in the month of March. What sets this tree apart, is that the green leaves of this tree gradually turn to red.

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The valley of flowers comprises flowers such as orchid and Karvy shrubs. It also has 39 unique species that is found only in the region. This valley of endemic and endangered plants include flowering plants like Sonaki, Vaytura, Somada, Musali, Abhadi, Kandilpushpa, Deepkadee, Davbindu to name just a few. Few carnivorous plants, such as Drosera Indica, inhabit this region too. During the season the area looks like a multi-colored carpet with slightest variations of colors – it is nature at its best. Apart from the beauty of the flowers, it is also home to various species of endemic butterflies.

KAAS PLATEAU

 

The following is a list of some of the flowers found on at Kaas Plateau:

  1. Ceropegia vincaefolia (Kandilpushpa/ Kandil kharchudi- कंदिल खर्चुडी)
  2. Drosera indica (Gavati Davbindu – गवती दवबिंदू)
  3. Senecio grahami / bombayensis (Sonakee – सोनकी)
  4. Utricularia purpurascens(Seetechee aasawe – सीतेची आसवे)
  5. Smithia hirsute / hirsuta (Kavala – कवळा)
  6. Wild Brinjal flower (kaaTe ringaNii – काटे रिंगणी)
  7. Adenoon indicum(mothi sonaki)
  8. Aponogeton satarensis (Vaytura)
  9. Arisaema murrayi(Pandhara Sapkanda)
  10. Ceropegia jainii(Somada)
  11. Chlorophytum glaucoides(Musali)
  12. Cyanotis tuberosa (Abhali)
  13. Dendrobium barbatulum(Bharangee)
  14. Dioscorea bulbifera(dukkar kanda)
  15. Dipcadi montanum(Deepkadee)
  16. Drosera burmanni(Davbindu)
  17. Elaeocarpus glandulosus(Kaasa)
  18. Exacum tetragonum (Udi chirayat)
  19. Habenaria heyneana (toothbrush Orchid)
  20. Hitchenia caulina(Chavar)
  21. Linum mysurense(Undri)
  22. Memecylon umbellatum(lAnjani)
  23. Murdannia lanuginosa(Abolima)
  24. Murdannia simplex(Nilima)
  25. Nymphoides indicum (Kumudini)
  26. Paracaryopsis coelestina(Nisurdi)
  27. Paracaryopsis malbarica(Kali Nisurdi)
  28. Pinda concanensis(Pinda)
  29. Rotala ritchiei(Paner)
  30. Senecio bombyensis(Sonki)
  31. Trichosanthes tricuspidata(Kondal)
  32. Vigna vexillata(Halunda)
  33. Habenaria longicorniculata
  34. Habenaria panchganiensis
  35. Flemingia nilgheriensis
  36. Habenaria grandifloriformis
  37. Begonia crenata
  38. Aerids maculosum
  39. Ceropegia media
  40. Impatiens oppositifolia
  41. Ipomoea barlerioides
  42. Oberonia recurva
  43. Pogostemon deccanensis
  44. Rotala fimbriata
  45. Smithia agharkarii

 

Attractions & Which period is good for visit Kaas Pathar?

Due to the natural beauty, this spot draws a large number of tourists, nature lovers and scientists. Though it is frequented during the monsoon, the best time to visit the plateau is right after monsoon from August through October. The international flowers are in its full glory during these three months. Orchids can be found for three to four weeks during this season. In order to the preserve, the region from damage by the tourists, only 3000 tourists are allowed per day. There is not much to do at this place apart from taking a walk and basking in the natural beauty. However, the rest of the plateau is a reserve forest, which tourists visit during their trip. To the south of the plateau, there is the Kaas lake with Kanher Dam and Sajjangad fort in close vicinity. India’s highest waterfall, Vajrai Waterfall, can also be included in the trip.

There are two ways to reach the Kaas plateau. One, a direct way from Satara. Two, you can reach it from Tapola, through the road connecting Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Come here if you are ready to have nature take your breath away.

 

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KAAS PLATEAU – VALLEY OF FLOWERS

Order flowers online Mumbai- The new thing!

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To gift, you need not shell out a lot of money. Years ago, couples would talk about stars and the moon, but you need not even go that far. All you’ve got to do is order flowers online Mumbai! It’s that simple. Forget the fancy, revel in the simple. That is what strikes a chord and leaves a mark in someone’s heart. Don’t present someone cheap flowers, but you can get flowers delivered cheaply. Wonderful, isn’t it? Today everything has been revamped by the power of the internet, so why not the flower gifting segment. With a little bit of technology, wonders have been done. And people cannot get enough of this service. It has changed their perspective towards gifting flowers.

When did online delivery of flowers become a thing?
•   The e-commerce boom has penetrated in every possible sector, which even includes flowers. And customers are loving this new trend.
•   For a person, who is on-the-go, online delivery of flowers is a boon in disguise. They could be miles away, but they can still place an order and have some beauties delivered.
Send flowers to Mumbai and more!
•   Not only can you send flowers to Mumbai and many more other locations, but you can also personalise it with a nice message.
•   After all, you would not want to receive something without a message that outlines how important you are to that person.

You can also look out for different kinds of deals when you are selecting your flowers. It is always nice to save some cash and even gift something awesome. A good idea will also be to pick a weekday, you might also save on some delivery charges. If you are also sending flowers on Monday, mostly you are getting what was cut on a Saturday. It’s best to have them delivered from Tuesday to maybe, Friday.  Another great thing that you can do is to pick up seasonal flowers. They are the strongest and can leave an impact. Florists normally stock these in large quantities and they are also quite inexpensive.

When you order flowers online Mumbai, you can also read up on some customer reviews. It’s always helpful to know more about the place from where you will place an order. After all, you want to order from the best place. These reviews will let you know about key aspects like delivery speed, quality of the flowers etc. You can also leave your reviews to help future customers out. Gifting is a space where there should not be any scope for errors. It is about feelings and the happiness of the person who will be getting to see your love in the form of some beautifully arranged flowers. So if you have got someone really special in your life, surprise them with picture perfect flowers, and see his or her smile widen, one flower at a time.

Tulip Garden Srinagar

Popular Flowers Festival of India

Festivals of flowers are very popular among the people of India. There are a number of festivals held in various parts of the country. Tulip festival is one of the most popular flower festivals in India. The festival is a great way to capture the flowering tulips of Kashmir as Srinagar has Asia’s largest tulip garden.

The Tulip Festival displays a large variety of tulips. Large number of tourists comes to the venue to catch the sight of these beautiful tulips. The festivals also feature a number of cultural programs, sale of local handicrafts, Kashmiri folk songs and other forms of arts. On visiting this festival, you will also be able to taste traditional cultural Kashmiri cuisine.
The Tulip Festival is held in Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar, Kashmir. Located in the foothills of Zabarwan range, it overlooks the Dal Lake and offers a breathtaking sight.
One of the best garden to visit in Month of April in Srinagar, Tulip Garden is located in Siraj Bagh area, covering the banks of Dal lake with a colorful carpet of flowers. With an area of around 12 hectares, it is also known as the largest tulip garden in the whole of Asia. The famous Tulip Garden in Srinagar was created in the year 2006-07 by the chief minister of the state, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad. This was done in order to boost tourism in the Kashmir valley. Flaunting hundreds of varieties of Tulips, the enchanting garden sprawls over the foothills of Zabarwan mountain ranges, overlooking the picturesque Dal Lake.
Owing to such a huge spectrum of tulips, the garden acts as a tourist magnet, especially during the blooming months of the flowers. In order to watch the largest collection of freshly germinated colorful tulips, one must schedule his visit between the months of March and May. To the delight of florists, the concerned department of the state also organizes a Tulip festival during March-end every year. Thronging a large number of tourists, the Tulip festival in Srinagar is considered to be amongst the biggest of the events.
Tulip festival in India is south Asia’s largest Tulip festival that has been named after the Indian prime minister of India, the late Indira Gandhi. Tulip festival takes place during the months of March and April and is the prettiest festival that takes place in Kashmir at the Siraj Bagh Chesmahsahi in the capital city of Srinagar. It is known as Indira Gandhi memorial garden. This blooming festival is a real treat to the eyes as the garden is spread over 5 hectares of land at the foothills of Zabarmwan near the Dal Lake.
The garden boasts of 60 varieties of multi-coloured tulips. It resembles a beautiful carpet that has hundreds of colors and provides a heavenly view to the thousands of visitors, national and international. Around 2 million tulip bulbs bloom here and proudly display their beauty to the tourists. The view is simply magnificent and has countless delicate beauties lined in rows to dance with the wind in front of the tourists.
Celebration
The festival was started in 2007 to promote tourism and has been quite successful in attracting people from all over the world. With the onset of spring, people throng to the place to get a view of this magnificent place. Officials here organize various other events along with the tulip festival and provide business for handicrafts for the local craftsmen, offer a wide variety of folk dances and songs that the visitors love to watch. One can also enjoy the different Kashmiri cuisine that is prepared locally and is a favorite among the tourists.
Kashmir is famous for its natural beauty and with the tulips the beauty is enhanced manifolds. Today, tourists are demanding to open the garden ahead of the fixed time and enjoy the view for a longer time. New varieties and new things keep on adding each year. The Tulip festival in Kashmir has been well accepted by the tourists and has become quite an attraction for tourists who love to visit the scenic place of Srinagar.

The Vaikunth Flower Show

A grand show of flowers ‘Mahabaleshwar Flower Festival’ has been organized by Vaikunth Piramal at Piramal realty, Balkum where people can see 1 million flowers of different species & 18 differently themed gardens.

 Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show of UK, the Vaikunth Flower Show was thrown open to the public on December 22 and will be there till January 3, 2016
This was one of the largest shows held in Thane and attracted hordes of crowds to experience the different types of flowers and plants.
A hand-held rickshaw overflowing with blushing pink and red roses, accompanied by delicate bursts of baby’s breath. Bouquets of peonies, carnations and marigolds brimming over from a tea pot. A banyan tree presiding over the gardens, its branches dripping with orchids and bougainvillea. The ground is a carpet of green, with rows of red, yellow, pink and orange daisies looking up at the sun, swaying in the breeze. A toy train chugging patiently, waiting for its passengers.
It is hard not to recall that scene from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland when you walk into the Vaikunth Flower Show at Belgaum, Thane, where a million flowers are presently in bloom. Alice, along with flowers of all sizes, shapes and colours, sings ‘Golden Afternoon’. This was no different. Spread over the green acres, with 18 themed gardens, the setting was no less than that of a carnival in a winter wonderland, complete with the sound of chimes, bells and a live choir.
The Vaikunth Flower Show, showcasing over 140 species of flowers from India and around the world as well over 30 types of trees, was thrown open to the public on 22nd Dec at Piramal Vaikunth, a 32-acre residential plot to be developed by Piramal Realty.
The main attraction was a show for childen and the idea seemed to be working as hordes of wide-eyed children as well as adults set foot in the plot. Moms and dads balancing toddlers in one arm and buckets of popcorn in another, walked along a little cobbled path running through the different themed gardens, set in a row.
One of the most eye-catching gardens was the wishing-well garden inspired by European folklore. The garden had rows of daisies and roses, and a mini wishing well in the middle, flanked by fairies and frogs lazing in rocking chairs. Not far from it was the Babulul Hind garden, inspired by emperor Jehangir’s idea of creating a paradise on Earth. What set it apart from the rest was the white jharokhas, marble fountains and pathway of white pebbles.
The Rathambore garden had a wilder look to it, with the majestic statue of a Royal Bengal tiger presiding over it amid long green ferns. However, the most stunning of them all was the Orchid hunter’s garden. It is inspired by orchid hunters like British botanist Thomas Lobb, who had even visited India. A giant Banyan tree stood in this garden, with violet, yellow and white orchids hanging from it. In terms of creativity, the Maratha Horse garden and the Old Bombay Garden to Kukin Tana (which is what Thane was referred to as by travellers in the 1300s), with its miniature town of Moorish mosques and temples, were the most artistic. The Toyland garden was the most popular among the children as looked like a scene straight out of Enid Blyton’s Noddy series.
Finally, ‘Little Sultan’ a miniature toy train, a replica of India’s first ever passenger train, began its journey with kids as well as adults as passengers. Father Joe Perriera, known to many as the ‘Singing priest’ along with the Victory Chorus Line kept the Christmas spirit alive with carols. Leela Bhatia, a resident of Malabar Hill, was all praises for the concept. “I was transported. It is difficult to believe that this is Thane. It is so soothing to see so many flowers in one place. It is a wonderland,” she said.
Inspired by the Chelsea flower show, the project was the brainchild of Dr Swati Piramal, vice chairperson of Piramal Enterprises Ltd. Speaking to Mirror, she assured us that the gardens would stay on, and fresh flowers would be planted next year. “We have been working on this for the past six months. It is such a relief to see that the weather is holding up. We organise a flower show at Mahabaleshwar, so we thought why not do it here as well? Nature is an important part of our lives and we must preserve it and appreciate its beauty.”
Several florists from Mumbai, Thane, Vashi were also present to see the different varieties of flowers and many growers got in touch with the retailers thereby expanding their florist network as well.

Kaas Plateau – Valley of Flowers

Maharashtra’s answer to the Valley of Flowers, Kaas Plateau comes alive after the rains when the entire region is carpeted with flowers. Located 35 km from Mahabaleshwar, the plateau spread over 1000 hectare is a visual treat till October when the bloom lasts.

The name ‘Kaas’ originates from the Kaasa tree. The leaves of the tree turn red from green as it matures. During the month of March the tree sprouts white flowers.The plateau is known as Kaas Pathar in Marathi language. The plateau is full of wild flowers during the months of August and September and the blooms last for about two to three weeks.The whole plateau resembles a carpet with flowers of every hue from the colour spectrum. More than 450 different species of flowers, orchids and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica are found in Kaas.
Due to its beauty it attracts many tourists, scientists and nature lovers. Major portion of the Kaas Plateau is a reserve forest and it has received World Natural Heritage Site tag too.
Kaas Plateau was formed by volcanic activities and is covered by a thin soil cover as a result of which, no vegetation thrives in the region. Having peculiar volcanic rock soil, the plateau has become home to many endemic species of plants – those that can only survive in this region. It was absolutely amazing to see so many different flowers with the slightest differences in hue, making the plateau a Technicolor carpet. This area comes under very high rainfall zone. Due to this, the flora and fauna of the region is unique and endemic. Its unique ecological features make Kaas one of the hotspots of biodiversity.
 
Best time to visit Kaas Plateau
Trekking through the flower covered plateau is a gratifying experience. However, there is nothing much to do except taking lazy strolls through the meadows. Best time to visit Kaas Plateau is after the rains till October end. Many people visit Kaas during the rains; however, the plants bloom only in late August to September. Kaas also has around 33 endangered species. These species are only found in rocky lands and are on the brink of extinction due to the changes in climatic and geological conditions.

Lalbagh Flower Show 2015

The Independence Day Lalbagh Flower Show from August 7 to 16 2015 welcomed visitors from across the country with the Glass House hosting nearly 800 aesthetic exhibits. The pièce de résistance this year was the replica of the Bangalore Palace created using 2 lakh Dutch roses, apart from the five Maharajas of Mysuru made using flowers.

At least five lakh visitors thronged the venue. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of the scion of Wadiyar dynasty late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar inaugurated the 202nd show.

“The five Mysore Maharajas were also done up in flowers with boards installed that speak of their contributions. A photo gallery ‘Raja Darshana’ brought in rare collections from the Royal family’s album of memories. The show also displayed information on Lalbagh’s 2,200 native species of fruit and flower-bearing trees displayed at the Glass House.

With nearly 1.2 crore expenditure earmarked for the show, the department officials marked a Rs. 50 lakh profit this year as nearly 5 lakh visitors flocked the event. Disseminating information on emerging horticulture technologies, nearly 250 farmers across the State displayed rare and unique farm produce.

Lalbagh itself showcased ‘easy terrace garden vegetable growing’ for people to know.

Fascinating Fabrication of Flowers

• This years main attraction was the replica of the Bangalore Palace created using 200,000 Dutch roses, apart from the 5 Maharajas of Mysuru made using flowers.

• The Glass House hosted nearly 800 aesthetic exhibits.

• Nearly 250 farmers across the State displayed rare and unique farm produce to demonstrate the emerging horticulture technologies.

Approximately Rs 1.2 crore  ($200,000) was spent on this edition of the flower show.

Spring Flowers – The Symbols Of Happiness And Positive Attitude

As winter is pleasant season for many, similarly, spring season is also of great joy for many people. It is a season of freshness, because you see freshness everywhere in the shapes of flowers, unique colors spread on the earth, green lush plants, and presence of the spring flowers. This also shows that it is a beginning of the new season after the winter season, and the flowers represent that we can grow even the soil is frozen and bloom before the snow melts. Such flowers welcome the spring season and these are considered as a special event. Narcissus with Yellow and White Flowers, Daffodils, and Hyacinths with moderate blue color are the true representations of the spring flowers, so we enjoy the spring flowers as a mood changer items.

If we opt for more Spring flowers, then we come towards the long lasting tulips, Cherry Blossoms, Violets, Forsythia, Amaryllis, Poppies, freesias, lilies, Chrysanthemums, roses, asters, and sunflowers. These flowers can become the best part of any event that you want to celebrate.

Spring flowers increases the beauty of the landscape with different shades, shapes, and unique colors, which can be used for the events, to or offer it to your dearest and nearest ones to express your emotions and love. Spring flowers are available in different colors from White to Violet and the most important and popular thing present about these flowers is that, these flowers offer the unique experience of fragrance, which is a greatly attractive for everyone. These flowers have ability to refreshing the thoughts and hopes with the unique colors present. Spring flowers become the messenger of love, affections, dedication, affiliation, harmony, care, sympathy, and best wishes. Spring flowers are the best gesture of the personality, which is the reason, these flowers are the ideal choice for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, mother day’s celebrations, bridal events, Easter, Religious events, and for lots of event, these flower combinations always give the best experience to the users to be involve in the deep feelings.

High profile functions include the flower arrangements to increase their beauties and to make the people feel a unique experience of colors and beauties. Spring flowers are the best items to be placed in the tables and rooms. Spring flowers are used to prepare the bridal bouquets, in this way; this becomes a best experience of having the best parts of the services from the wedding flowers.

Here are different types of flowers, which have unique feeling and fragrances.

1) Tulips are very popular flowers available for the spring seasons; these flowers come in many colors and sizes, with this, these flowers become bloomers in the spring, these flowers are used for the beautiful flower arrangements. You can make the whole arrangements by just focusing on the numerous colors and heights of tulips. Seeing the beautiful colors is the first and important thing, which can do many things to brighten the décor, mood, or landscape.

2) Daffodils are also the very popular flowers, and these flowers are the best-known flowers for the Poets. Daffodils have more than 200 varieties, two of the most popular colors of these flowers include the Yellow and white, and the fact about these flowers is that you will see these flowers only in the summer seasons, and other than the summer season, you will not see the flowers in this season. These flowers continue to bloom for the six weeks, anyone can grow the flowers easily, and these flowers are easy to grow for the beginners.Daffodils are always one of the best flowers for any event.

3) Iris is the best-known flowers; these flowers bloom between Aprils to June. These flowers are available in the different colors and heights, you can make combinations of flowers with this flower to increase the beauty and make a difference. You can add severalvarieties along with the flowers having multiple colors. They do not require special soil and maintenance to grow; these flowers are always one of the best options available to be given as a gift or to arrange the flowers as beautiful arrangements for the different functions.

4) Snowdrops are the pretty flowers available, these flowers are among the varieties and short heighted flowers, which come as the advent of this season, in this way, and this is always one of the best options available to be used for any sort of event. This flower is the characteristic of the spring season. These flowers are as indicated by the white colored flowers.

With any of the available flowers, you can enjoy the flowers as best arrangements; flowers are the great way to express the love and emotions. Anyone who lives in the cold weather likes to have the winter flowers. Therefore, flowers are really the heat and can give colors to your life.

Flower Auction – Holland

Flower Auction in Holland

The Netherlands became the birthplace of the floriculture sector more than a century ago. In recent years, however, horticultural production has been increasing outside of Europe. It’s a trend that will continue in the coming years. The horticultural world is becoming increasingly internationalized, digitized and virtualized.

The unique combination of specialized growers, collective trading platforms and specialist traders in sales and distribution create a cast-iron international supply and marketing system. Professional transport organisations strengthen the logistics function within that system.

Co-operation between all these parties is the powerful instrument that makes the competitive position of the Dutch horticultural industry unique. It makes Flora Holland the gateway to international trade.

The most beautiful ideas flourish with sound knowledge.One seed out of the ground, comes to realization on the web.The better you sow, the better the harvest.

Flora Holland

Flora Holland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products. As a sales organisation, we are expanding a strong international trading platform in the interest of our members. The exceptional combination of our market places and sales support services allows us to help growers in doing business with their customers.
We focus on achieving maximum returns for our members by contributing to high sales revenues at low sales costs.
In the short and long term. Our ambition is to use our services to improve the market position of our members by:
• expanding an international service network to bringing together supply and demand
• adding value and strengthening distinctive qualities in the sales and marketing of flowers and plants
• reinforcing the central position of the Dutch horticultural cluster in the international market
• ensuring an efficient, capable and thriving organisation

Core values of Flora-Holland

Service, Sustainability, Boldness and Clarity are the four core values of Flora-Holland. Our objective is for all employees to use these concepts to underpin their actions.
• Service for our customers
• Sustainable in our relationships
• Bold in our trading
• Clear in our communication
International trade in plants and flowers is growing. This trend will continue for the coming years, thanks in part to the digitisation and virtualisation of the horticultural world.
FloraHolland is expanding an international service network to bring together the supply and demand of horticultural products. Thanks to intensive collaboration between all parties in the horticultural sector, we provide the gateway to international trade.

Flora-Holland as a Trading platform

Flora Holland has a number of market places with an auction clock sales system and a solid logistics network. The focus in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk and Rijnsburg is primarily on exporting customers. In Bleiswijk and Eelde, the focus is on the domestic market. Veiling Rhein-Maas (Herongen, D) is collaboration between FloraHolland and Landgard. Flora Holland also supports the outlets by providing an intermediary organisation and customised services such as concept development, personal sales, product promotion and market information.

Green-ports in Netherlands

Collaboration is also evident in the various Green-ports. They are horticultural locations of national importance. All links and support companies together form a strong cluster. The Netherlands has five Green-ports, in which all parties are represented. Green-ports are excellent platforms to conduct joint initiatives and to lobby. For example, for better accessibility and more space.

Green-port Holland

Green-port Holland serves the national interest, and Flora Holland is proud to be on its Board. But we work in other ways to build a strong horticultural sector. For example, by setting up joint projects between agricultural education centers and the horticultural world.
Flora Holland is constantly talking to policy-makers, politicians and directors about themes such as sustainability, mobility, use of space, innovation and education. Flora Holland is actively involved in developing chain-wide solutions in areas such as logistics, e-business and entrepreneurship.
For Flora Holland, corporate responsibility means caring about human, environmental and social issues.
In the fields of transport and logistics, we instigate sustainable initiatives such as transport over rails and water, the use of alternative fuels and collective transport. Innovation in energy consumption will be high on our agenda in the next few years.
Our active contribution to two major fundraising events, Ride for the Roses and Roparun, demonstrates our commitment to help the fight against cancer. Similarly, we believe our commitment to excellent service can only be achieved if our employees are proud to work for Flora Holland and are motivated to deliver the best possible performance.

Flora Holland stimulates the innovative entrepreneurship of its members by sponsoring Tuinbouw

Ondernemersprijs and the Glass Tulip. These prestigious awards are presented for horticultural entrepreneurship and best market introduction of the year respectively. In addition, the public can enjoy every year the floral splendour of various flower parades and annual exhibitions.

• Annual turnover: 4.5 billion euros and over 3,500 employees
• Plant and flower sales: 12.4 billion items a year
• Members: more than 4,500 of which approx. 600 are based abroad
• Customers: 2,400
• Auction clocks: 38
• The Green-port is, with Schiphol airport and the port of Rotterdam, one of the three economic ‘main ports’ of the Netherlands
• Direct and indirect employment within the sector provides 250,000 full-time jobs
• The Green-port is responsible for 20% of the Dutch trade surplus
To order flowers online, visit Mayflowers.in

Hong Kong Flower Show 2014

The Hong Kong Flower Show 2014 organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department was held between 7 and 16 March at Victoria Park. The show attracted 550 000 visitors.

Kalanchoe

This year the theme flower was “Kalanchoe” and the theme was “Blossoms of Joy”. Over 200 organisations from 15 countries showcased exotic flowers, landscape and floral art displays. The participating countries were Mainland China, Australia, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States. A series of fringe activities were held during the show period, including music and dance performances, green talks, floral art demonstrations, greening activites workshops, green promotional stalls, guided visits, recreation programmes, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and fun games.
Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the flower show has attracted more than 200 organisations from 15 countries to take part in showcasing exquisite potted plants, beautiful floral arrangements and gorgeous landscape displays. More than 350 000 flowering plants are on display, among which are about 40 000 pots of the theme flower, the kalanchoe. With “Blossoms of Joy” as its main theme, this year’s flower show is supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as the major sponsor.
A series of fringe activities have been arranged to complement the flower show including music and cultural performances, floral art demonstrations, green activities workshops and fun games. Among them was the Jockey Club Student Drawing Competition that was held last week and had its prize presentation ceremony

Happy Wonderland

The “Happy Wonderland” on the park’s lawns has been well received by youngsters, with fun-filled programmes including magic shows, balloon-twisting, face-painting, African drum playing, inflatable bouncers, sketching, arts-and-crafts stalls, games stalls and more. Equally entertaining are the marching band and music performances.
Various programmes are being held on the stage, including rope skipping, artistic gymnastics, Chinese music and cultural performances. There are also floral art demonstrations by masters from Japan and Hong Kong.
The flower show has attracted more than 200 organisations from 15 countries to take part in showcasing exquisite potted plants, beautiful floral arrangements and gorgeous landscape displays. More than 350 000 flowering plants are on display, among which are about 40 000 pots of the theme flower, the kalanchoe. With “Blossoms of Joy” as its main theme, this year’s flower show is supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as the major sponsor.
At the flower show, a multicoloured floral carpet stretches from the Sugar Street entrance of the showground all the way to the stage. The theme of the floral carpet is “Home of the Animals” and it features assorted animal shapes made up of foliage and colourful flowering plants. Delightful floral displays themed on cosy homes around the world are also featured at the Hing Fat Street entrance.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is also presenting a spectacular exhibit entitled “A Garden of Joy in Hong Kong”. The display is made up of striking contours and a lively composition using colourful kalanchoes to form a multi-layered parterre, providing the background for scenes of everyday bliss.
Another exhibit, named “Floral Celebration” and measuring 28 metres in length and 15m wide, creates a rich and colourful layering effect. The theme flower kalanchoe in a variety of colours is clustered closely with other floral species to contrast with tulips. The tulip display in a variety of colours is strikingly beautiful and provides an opportunity for leisure viewing and photo-taking.

Other main attractions include a mosaiculture display entitled “My Home Among the Corals”, showcasing marine creatures living in the coral reefs; Brand Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Velodrome floral walls; spectacular displays from the Mainland; and interactive photo-taking booths.

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Keukenhof – Garden of Europe

Keukenhof – Garden of Europe

Keukenhof (“Kitchen garden”, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkøːkə(n)ˌɦɔf]), also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world’s largest flower garden. It is situated near Lisse, the Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.

Keukenhof is located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. It is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol. It is located in an area called the “Dune and Bulb Region” (Duin- en Bollenstreek).
Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.
Keukenhof is situated on 15th century hunting grounds. It was also a source of herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut’s castle, which is the source of the name Keukenhof (it served to provide herbs for the castle’s kitchen). Rich merchants took over the grounds after the Countess’s death. VOC captain and governor Adriaen Maertensz Block lived there in his retirement years in the 17th century in the country house (now known as Castle Keukenhof) which he had let built in 1641.
In the 19th century, the Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt assigned the landscape architect Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who had also worked on the Vondelpark, to design the grounds around the castle.
The garden was established in 1949 by the then-mayor of Lisse. The idea was to present a flower exhibit where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could show off their hybrids – and help the Dutch export industry (the Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of flowers).

Gardens of Keukenhof

The Keukenhof features a variety of different gardens and garden styles. For example, the English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see-through points (designed by Zocher in 1830, the garden architect of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, among others). The historical garden is an enclosed garden where you can see many old types of bulbs. The nature garden consists of a water garden where shrubs and perennials are combined with bulbous plants. The Japanese country garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment.
The Keukenhof doesn’t contain the long fields of tulips many visitors expect. However, there are tulip fields outside the Garden (mostly privately owned). These fields may have restricted access and are not included as part of the Keukenhof ticket.

Opening times of Keukenhof

Keukenhof is scheduled to be open from 20 March to 18 May 2014.The Flower Parade will be held on Saturday, 3 May 2014.
The grounds of Castle Keukenhof are open all year long and are frequently used for festivals such as Castlefest, the Ladies Winternight,and the Christmas Fair. The castle also houses classical music performances.

Distinguished visitors

 Many dignitaries have visited the Keukenhof. Queen Juliana was a patron. Her daughters, princesses Beatrix, Irene and Margriet were among the first visitors in 1950. As a passionate filmmaker Prince Bernhard shot some unique films. Other members of the Dutch Royal Family also visited the Keukenhof. In 2001 prince Willem-Alexander and his girlfriend, Maxima, paid a visit to present themselves to the Dutch population. They planted a Tilla europea, the “Koningslinde”.
In the autumn of 2003, Prince Willem-Alexander, together with Olympic medal winners Ankie van Grunsven and Pieter van den Hoogenband, planted the symbolical first bulb for the Olympic rings.
In 2005 the park was opened by Princess Margriet.

Other information and Guided Tours to the Garden of Keukenhof

Make the visit of your group to Keukenhof even better! Book a guided tour around the park, enjoy the flowerbulb fields around the park in a whisperboat or make a bike ride in the surroundigs of the park. Keukenhof is also the perfect venue for your lunch, dinner or drinks reception. Your group will have an unforgettable day.

Cycling, boat trips, guided tours

Book a guided tour around the park: our guides will tell you all about the history of Keukenhof and the origins of the tulip, providing background information and fascinating facts.
Relax as you enjoy the peace and quiet of the endless bulb fields around Keukenhof in an electrically-propelled whisper boat. The boat trip takes 45 minutes. Spectacular photos are guaranteed!
Explore the beautiful and colourful Bulb Growing Region by bike! Bicycle hire includes a signposted cycle route; you can choose from four routes, varying in length from 5 to 25 kilometres. Genuine cycling fanatics can even take the ‘Bollenstreek route’ covering a full 35 km. There are ladies’, men’s and children’s bikes and tandems for hire, and child seats and cycle helmets are also available.

Coffee, lunch, dinner

Our five restaurants offer various packages for groups, ranging from coffee with cake to a full menu. Perhaps you would like to let your guests decide for themselves? In that case, order one of our restaurant vouchers.
Our restaurants are able to cater for various dietary needs, such as lactose or gluten-free dishes. Please state this clearly when placing your booking.

A school trip to Keukenhof!!

Have fun while learning all about history, the growth cycle and how flower bulbs are processed at the Bulb Information Pavilion.
Or just play and have fun at the petting farm and in the playground.
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