By Ornella d'Alessio
GENOA, ITALY, 21 March 2006 —Plants and flowers from all over the world will fill the Genoa fairgrounds for Euroflora 2006
(21 April - 1 May), one of the largest
indoor European flower shows. This, the ninth edition of the
international plants and flowers exhibition, will take place in Liguria’s largest city,
a stone’s throw from the charming fishermen’s village of Portofino.
This spectacular and unique worldwide event is
held every five years. Euroflora always attracts a bumper number of
visitors—and they were almost 700,000 by the end of the last show in 200.
The leitmotif for Euroflora 2006 will be water as the primordial
source of life and a precious resource with waterfalls, fountains and
Breathtaking settings will showcase and enhance the
rarest plants and flowers from all over the world both inside
the pavilions and in the outdoor areas of the fairgrounds—one hundred and fifty
thousand square meters overlooking the sea, artistically transformed
into a huge garden. An original itinerary through nature
highlighting the characteristics of many different
kinds of environments.
There will be many exciting novelties at this edition especially in the
field of biodiversity: the wollemi pine from Australia, some rare
plants from Madagascar, but also plants from Taiwan, Vietnam and the
To give an idea of what the show has in store it is interesting
to note that thousands of floriculturists and nursery gardeners will
send their finest products and new features to the show and that
hundreds of specialists will work for 40 days to prepare the
fairgrounds using 10,000 square meters of sand, 1,500 cubic meters of peat and
12,000 meters of grass—the equivalent of two soccer pitches.
The sea will be one of the new entries at this show with the
reconstruction of an "old America" port and with a boat filled with
plants: a fascinating step back into the history of
spices, herbs, and fruits like tea, coffee and cocoa, date palms and
banana trees, all of which came to Europe down through the centuries from
the farthest corners of the Earth.
The entire city and the Ligurian region will be
pervaded by scents and colours with theme shows in museums, special
workshops, and a fashion show entitled, Vestire l'arte
(Dressing art) featuring the sculpture-gowns of Roberto Capucci, floral
itineraries and lush landscapes showcased in the villas of the Musei
di Nervi: Villa Luxoro, Villa Grimaldi-Fassio, Villa Saluzzo-Serra.
The Carlo Felice Theater will boost its calendar with two
operas which are closely linked to flowers: Madama
Butterfly and Kat’a Kabanová
21 April - 1 May 2006
Ornella d'Alessio is an Italian journalist
and food and wine writer based in Genoa, Italy. She is the author of
Wine Country Europe published by Rizzoli
International in December 2005.