The Floriade World Horticultural Expo has been held
in the Netherlands every decade since its inception at the
beginning of the 1960's. It returns in 2012 to a spectacular
site at Venlo, in the Dutch province of Limburg.
Just over 100 miles from Venlo, across the Belgian border in
Brussels, another floral extravaganza also takes place this
year - this time a bi-annual event - the magnificent Brussels
Carpet of Flowers, when for a week-end the Grand Place, in the
centre of the city, is covered by approximately ¾
million flowers, creating the most stunning floral display
The charming town of Valkenburg lies equidistant from Venlo
and Brussels (just over one hours drive from both). Its here,
at the Walram Hotel, that we base ourselves for this
magnificent floral pilgrimage in August.