International Horticultural Exposition 2014, Qingdao
The site is located in the Baiguo Mountain Forest Park, and covers a total area of 241 hectares, consisting of a 164 hectare theme area and a 77 hectare functional space. Amongst the participants are governments, corporations, organization and universities.
From the Expo website: ’Niek Roozen, Chief Landscape Architect of Floriade 1992 and 2002, was invited to guide the design to suit both refined and popular tastes and to present both artistic and ornamental works. Trees and flowers suited to the climate of Qingdao have been introduced to ensure “flowers are in bloom three seasons a year and trees are evergreen all year round”.
The emphasize of the assigned was on planting advice: creating planting designs which reflect the colour scheme of the exhibition. Experiments were conducted in 2013 with growing introduced species for spring, summer and autumn flowering plants.
The exhibition opened with a terrain of impressively large selection of colourful plants. Some of the gardens are especially beautiful, such as the national entries of Suzhou and Shanghai. The beautifully constructed Botanical Pavilion, with its exhibition and rain forest planting, was definitely worth a visit.