Drawing more than nine million visitors in 162 days, the just concluded International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing was a vivid reflection of China's blooming floral industry in recent years.
Ye Dahua, deputy head of the expo's coordination bureau, said the horticulture expo will be remembered for its many "rare plants and characteristic gardens."
Among the more than 2 million plants exhibited, there were more than 20,000 new varieties and products. A large number of them were quality varieties with intellectual property rights that were independently cultivated before being unveiled at the expo, Ye said.
"I remember at the 1999 International Horticultural Exposition held in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, Phalaenopsis, or butterfly orchid, was still considered a novel species, but now it is a common household flower," said Zhao Shiwei, chief engineer of the Beijing Academy of Landscape Architecture.
In the China pavilion of the Beijing expo, a six-meter-high three-dimensional ecological wall based on the scenery of Anji in east China's Zhejiang Province is arranged with green plants, which were kept alive for more than five months, said Guo Jia, deputy head of the horticulture department of the bureau.
"Many flower arrangements at the Beijing expo were realized with new technologies in flowering regulation, vegetation selection and three-dimensional greening," Guo said.