The theme of the show is "Around the World in 80 Gardens" and we were looking forward to enjoying new horticultural ideas and inspired landscape design with an urban twist.....and we were not disappointed.
The inspirational gardens have been created by 80 different famous landscape architects from around the world highlighting different cultures, climates and vegetation zones of Earth. They are designed to stimulate the senses, and some make you feel like you are out of this world altogether!
The first pavilion was dedicated to the Gerbera or African daisy, named in honor of the German naturalist and botanist Traugott Gerber (early 1700s). Very popular and widely used as a garden and cut flower, there are thousands of cultivars.
The pavilion was a white tent with beautiful soft light illuminating the flowers - perfect for photography! Of course, there is nothing a couple of gardener/photographers like more than taking close-ups of flowers and that we did, trying not to get carried away. We had the whole show ahead of us!
One of the most prominent features of the show was the vast amount of space that was devoted to the "World of Activity." All of the activity features are available for use during the show (and perhaps afterwards) and for children's excursions, birthday parties, school groups, etc., a great thought for the middle of a city.
|Water Soccer (about 1 ft. deep)|