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What is the Floriad like?

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Toronto, Canada
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What is the Floriad like?

We are travelling to Amsterdam in mid-May with our "grown up" children (19, 21, and 24) and we are wondering if the Floriad is a worthwhile day trip from Amsterdam. We want to experience the beauty of the flowers that the Netherlands is so famous for, but are unsure if this is the best way to do it! Any advice?

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: What is the Floriad like?

Floriade does not specialise in spring flowers, it's all kinds of horticulture. Keukenhof is still open when you come but on its last legs - so will still shown lots of beautiful spring flowers in a lovely garden setting (much more complete and natural than Floriade), but 'the late-season types' and not many tulips anymore.

So a perfect match to your demand is nonexistent, NL is most famous for the April spring flowers and those are harder to see in May. However both Floriade and Hof (the latter much much closer to Amsterdam) could still be worthwile...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Toronto, Canada
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2. Re: What is the Floriad like?

Thanks very much for your response. I think we will try the Keukenhof based on your insight!

Riga, Riga, Latvia
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3. Re: What is the Floriad like?

Visiting Floriade was a disaster! I am not that kind of person who is impolite, but after visiting Floriade I wanted to remember all the bad words. Flowers are very few and exhibitions is ridiculous. There were only few activities witch was ok.

Amsterdam, The...
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4. Re: What is the Floriad like?

I have never been to the Floriade and probably never will. But I think it is more of a trade show for people who work in the flower business.

While the Keukenhof is a flower exhibition for tourists.

The Netherlands
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5. Re: What is the Floriad like?

10 years ago the Floride was held in Hoofddorp (very close to the Keukenhof)

It was (just like this Floriade is) advertised as a horticultural event. In Hoofddorp it resulted in a nice gardens, agricultural education (i.e. how crops are grown) and at least in Hoofddorp some (but not that many) flowers.

Don't travel to the Floriade if you expect to see just spring flowers. Than I would choose to travel to Keukenhof in April. If you are interested in gardens, agricultural and education choose the Floriade.

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6. Re: What is the Floriad like?

Having just returned from Holland with Shearings, most of us enjoyed Keukenhof more than the Floriade. We also enjoyed some of the events at Keukenhof. (like a fashion show, hat decorating workshop & floral arrangement demonstrations) so its important to have a programme and map to plan your day. Poland is the country featured as a theme this year. Keukenhof will be open until 20 May.

We found the Floriade spread out, some of the garden layouts were disappointing (except for "Tropical Treasures") and some of the stands were not ready so we probably visited the Floriade too soon. It would be better to visit Holland at the end of April or in May. Rabo Earthwalk was a memorable highlight. Due to time constraints, we missed the music, dance and acrobatics performances at the Florade Theatre (Tues - Sun 3.30pm - 4.00pm and 5.00 - 5.30pm) and had no time to buy souveniers. If weather had been warmer and had we been allowed more time,we would have probably enjoyed our day more.

Next time we will book a tour that includes a Canal tour in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, Edam, Volendam, or Alkmaar for cheese and clog making and Delft (Vermeer & Delft pottery). I would also try and include a visit to the Corrie Ten Boom House Museum in Haarlem because I read her amazing story of courage.

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7. Re: What is the Floriad like?

We went to Keukenhof yesterday, it was certainly not on its last legs, it was at its very best with lots of buds of flowers to come. We have been three or four times and think this year was one of the best. We particularly enjoyed it after 4.00pm when all the coaches had left. and we could avoid many of the cameras and people who continually sit amongst the flowers to have their photo taken when there are signs saying keep of the grass.

Fort Worth, Texas
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8. Re: What is the Floriad like?

ive seen body shaped indentions in tulip beds due to idiots taking pictures

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9. Re: What is the Floriad like?

At Keukenhof, Chopin was one of them although I should add that this was the result of intentional planting up of spring flowers to outline the famous composer! With reference to your own chosen picture: "Van Gogh with a Mickey Mouse ear", this notorious painter was also a feature of one of the tulip borders.

Edited: 3:03 pm, May 02, 2012
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10. Re: What is the Floriad like?

I have just read most of these posts....................I thought the question is "What is Floriade like?" not a discussion point about Kirkenhoff (which is just amazing - or it was last weekend). Floriade was a huge disappointment and really I wondered, "What for"

If you are a disabled traveler hoping to rent a wheeelchair when you get there - perfectly possible and free - BUT we had to stand for nearly an hour in the queue - there were no seats on which the disabled can sit whilst they wait. Madness.

Edited: 2:11 am, May 09, 2012
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