Beijing International Horticultural Expo
The Expo was 2 hours North of Beijing Centre in a province called Yanqing. Traveling by car late Friday afternoon, we passed stunning Mountain views and the Great Wall of China lining many of the peaks. This relatively new district with new housing estates, parks and hotels had only just opened in April. Our Hotel faced the entrance to the Expo, we were ready and couldn't wait to get there the next day.
International Show Gardens - Australia
Many countries from around the world entered, Britten, Australia, Africa, UAE and Qatar just to name a few. The Display done by the Aussies had plant styling done in the Green and Gold, with homage to the Australia - China Connection via symbolic details such as the Shape of a Bamboo Hat. Rudbeckia "Cone Flower" had a stunning display standing tall next to grasses, plane trees and pachysandra terminalis. Little statues of Kangaroos, Possums and Kola Bears dotted through the garden made it really feel like Australia. Great Job.
The International Gardens
This display was a tiplically Brittish garden with stone walls, cottage style planting and a hero flag front and centre to the display. A water feature feature within a central courtyard danced all day to the sounds of London - Big Ben chimes, School Bells, Car horns, the national anthem and people talking all formed these sounds. It also cooled off the site with the blistering heat being in high 30's with 80% humidity. Sedum 'autumn joy', echinacea purpurea, limonium perezii and Silver Birches formed the main planting. When you entered a french patisserie constructed on-site for the exhibition, this mixed the scent of fresh bread with that of the floral selections, adding to the authenticity and sensorial depth of the garden
The show its self was impressive with the Urban planning of the 22,000 hectare site extremely organised and user friendly. Planting/ gardens were everywhere, several buildings were built to house different exhibitions such as the flower displays, tiny gardens, art work and botanical gardens exhibition.The two days I spent here was not enough time to see everything you would need at least 5 days to cover all areas.
What Happens when its all over?.. We found out.. Some of the top garden designs will remain others will be demolished. This space will form part of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and then be handed over as a Public Open Space.
Enjoy the Pics xx