International Garden Exhibition

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with a theme of colour and the world, IGA should attract visitors from many countries

The lure of gardens is strong with hundreds of thousands of Britons visiting a garden during the year. They travel by the coach load to view the tulips on display at Keukenhof in the Netherlands. The Chelsea Flower Show and other Royal Horticultural Society events at Hampton Court, Cardiff and Tatton have become staple television events.

The first big event of the year, the gardening show in the US city of Philadelphia is already over with the number of visitors being higher than last year.

But this April could see the biggest gardening show of them all. From 13th of April up until the 25th of October there will be the International Garden Exhibition (IGA) which is expected to attract about two million people. Held only every decade and in a different city each time, this year the lucky holder is Berlin.

The theme will be “Gardens of the World” with a motto of “an ocean of colours.” Landscape gardeners from all five continents have created designs so there are water gardens, an English landscape garden, flower halls, tropical plant halls and that is before you even consider the different gardens that have been created specialising in particular flowers. There will be dahlia, rose and rhododendron areas and areas for perennials and annuals. The UK contribution is by Tom Stuart Smith whose contribution is called “The Garden of Vulcan.”

And what garden exhibition would be complete without statuary? In all, about 100 hectares of gardens will be used for public viewing during the time the exhibition will be on. Children’s play areas will be available for the kids to enjoy whilst their parents concentrate on the exhibition.

A number of companies are offering group tours to Berlin for the IGA but for those who wish to travel independently, eight regional airports as well as the London ones have links with one of the airports in Berlin. Adult entry is €20

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