Haifa International Flower Exhibition 2012

Rare flowers from all over the world in a one-of-a-kind exhibit

exotic flowers (photo credit: CC-BY-pommru, Flickr)
exotic flowers (photo credit: CC-BY-pommru, Flickr)

With the coming of spring and blossom, during the Passover period, the mythological flower exhibition is returning to Haifa. Nineteen years after the first “flower show” took place, Haifa is proud to host the largest flower exhibition to ever take place in Israel.

Spread across 30 acres of exhibition space at Hecht Park, at the southern outskirts of Haifa, nine breathtaking “flower worlds” will be exhibited. Each world is impressively large and spectacular in their rich and colorful beauty with a scent to intoxicate. Each of these worlds is dedicated to a unique theme: Flower World, Paris Boulevard, The Hanging Gardens, Land of the Rising Sun, Wild World, Senses Land, Fantasy Land, Never land, and the Vanishing Garden.

The exhibition’s visitors, who are welcome to stroll through the “flower worlds”, will experience a breathtaking sensory delight of soft scents, nature, sights and colors that are unique to the exhibition. The exhibition will be open to the general public from 10:00 – 22:00 in the evening at which point, as the dark descend, an enchanting light display will illuminate the park.

A vast team of Danish artists and flower designers will be coming to Israel especially to create the “Flower Worlds” and to realize the exhibition. This is in addition to the over 500,000 flowers that are being shipped in for the exhibition from the far reaches of the planet to be exhibited alongside local Israeli produce.

Work has already started in preparation and with much enthusiasm by Israel’s leading flower designer, Benzi Gil, in collaboration with his Dutch partner Alexander Zilmans. Co owner of ZUIDKOOP, an internationally acclaimed flower design company, Zilmans is one of the worlds leading and award winning flower experts. He has founded a school for flower design in Taiwan and is responsible for various international flower shows. His expertise lies in designing arrangements for large-scale events such as family, diplomatic, and royal events and can boast designing the Iceland summit for Gorbachev and Reagan.

At the grounds the artistic managers of the exhibition are also hard at work featuring the architect Gaston Zahr, Meirav Eitan and Drorit Gonen of the O*GE Creative Group who are responsible for the exhibition design.

Alongside the “flower Worlds” will take place various artistic activities, exhibits, and outdoor events for the whole family. Furthermore, there will be a sculpture and herb garden, flower carpets, topiary gardens, a flower market, planting and seeding workshops, environmental workshops and more.

From the 1950’s to the 1990’s, the Flower Show, or as it was formally known The Flower Holiday, was one of the central events to take place annually during Passover in Haifa. The founder of the exhibition and the life force behind it is the late Shmuel Bialik. The exhibition originally took place at the Benyamin Park however as it grew in size and popularity, it was relocated to Gan Haam. Flower experts and designers, gardeners, professional and amateurs alike have been attending this exhibition from Israel and the world over, each exhibition proving to be a spectacular experience that is not to be forgotten.

Yona Yahav, Haifa’s Mayor: “It is very exciting to bring back the International Flower Show to Haifa with the budding of spring. Apart from the wonderful experience, this is a real cultural event for nature and botanics and the study of nature. The visitors of the show will be able to enjoy these rare creation of nature and life, even more a rarity in this age of endless digital technology.”

The exhibit runs through April 14, 2012.

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