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August 23-26, Boskoop-Hazerswoude

NL: Stories and inspiration the running theme of Plantarium

With barely two weeks to go, exhibitors and the Plantarium organisation are busy preparing for a successful trade fair for the 35th time. "All the ingredients for this have been coming together. Now we just need to arrange them in a creative way and Plantarium 2017 can start,” says trade fair manager Jos van Lint.

The programming and content of the trade fair offer visitors and exhibitors plenty of inspiration. Participants and suppliers have joined forces to create six Houses of Inspiration with appealing themes. The six houses have been given the following names: 'Christmas', 'Roses', 'The Magical Experience', 'Specialties', 'Pleasure' and 'Theatre of Concepts'.

Greenpark hall
There are eight inspirational gardens to visit in the Greenpark hall. In each garden, designers and growers depict the stories of inspirational people, such as Walt Disney, Mozart, Joop Zoetemelk, Salvador Dali, Don Quixote, Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank and Annie M.G. Schmidt.

The designers and growers will be available every day to provide an explanation of the gardens. On the Varb Growers' square, 10 growers will display their autumn collections during the professional days and everyone in Varb can see what products are available. This is expected to ensure a flying start to autumn trade. The boarding point for the shuttle service to GROEN-Direkt is also located in the Greenpark hall.

Nine suppliers are displaying their latest developments and innovations in the field of (cultivation) technology outside on the Technopark. Various machines, vehicles and equipment will be set up and demonstrated here. At the former location of Floralis, machines and materials can be viewed that will be auctioned online by Troostwijk Auctions.

On Wednesday afternoon and evening, a networking event will take place for guests and participants from Plantarium and GROEN-Direkt. Cor Hospes will make a surprising appeal prior to the event. The winners of Plantarium 2017 will also be honoured during the evening.

On Thursday 24 August, six companies and five student teams will compete against each other for the Best idea of Plantarium 2017. They will advocate their innovations in a short pitch to a professional jury. The prize will be awarded at 3:30 pm. The public and visitors to the trade fair are welcome to attend the pitches and the prize ceremony.

On Friday, the KVBC is organising a speakers corner twice, during which three speakers will tell interesting stories involving novelties. From 5:00 pm, the young at heart can attend the Holygreen festival, which lasts until 11:00 pm.
On Saturday, Plantarium is open to the public and Grow & Bloom members are special guests.

Plantarium will be held from 23 to 26 August 2017 in the Plantarium building at the International Trade Centre Boskoop-Hazerswoude.

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