Why not visit Floriade on a river cruise? Ambra Edwards takes a stroll around the Dutch show's extravagant floral displays.
The largest indoor flower exhibition in Europe, the Villa Flora definitely
falls into this category. Eye-popping blooms dangle from test tubes and
spill from airborne shopping baskets; flowery tops spin on carpets of moss;
climbers romp up lamp posts and twist among chandeliers. In contrast, single
orchids are exquisitely displayed in a white, cloister-like corridor. It's
an impressive spectacle.
To help you appreciate how essential the colour green is to our wellbeing, the
Living Pavilion merges inside and out, and features a dining table
overflowing with herbs and a fireplace "ablaze" with flowers.
There's family fun to be had, too, in the Education zone's Bee Garden, where
you can work out how successful you would be as a bee by selecting flowers
on the basis of their pollen levels. Also in this area is a spectacular
tropical greenhouse, designed by CenterParcs and surrounded by a maze-like