Tuesday, December 27, 2011

'Floriade' Is Among World's Top 2012 Destinations

Globe-trotters everywhere, it's time to raise your champagne glass and toast to all the wonderful new journeys you'll take in the new year. But where exactly should you go in 2012? As always, some places will stand out above the rest when it comes to unforgettable things to do and see.

To help you decide, we sought out recommendations from four travel experts: Robert Reid, U.S. travel editor for Lonely Planet; Martin Rapp, senior vice president of leisure sales at Altour; Anne Banas, executive editor at SmarterTravel; and Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for Orbitz.com.

We also sprinkled in a couple of suggestions from Travel+Leisure and Budget Travel.
Here are nine of the top destinations for 2012: England The royal wedding made it one of the world's most buzzed about destinations this year, but England is about to get even hotter. 

There will be so much going on in 2012 that it's hard to keep count.

The country will celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee -- marking her 60 years on the throne -- with a river pageant on the Thames and a concert at Buckingham Palace at the beginning of June.

Then all eyes will be on London as it hosts the Summer Olympic Games in July and August, and the Paralympic Games in August and September.

Looking for more? There will be festivals, tours, performances and exhibitions to mark the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.

"I love London. I think it's kind of the greatest city on Earth," Reid said.
"A lot of people think it's too expensive but ... there are all kinds of fantastic free attractions in London, so it makes it more affordable than you think."

Banas predicted travelers will have more choices than ever to stay in and get around the city, with new lodging options and better transportation in place for the Olympics.

World of the Maya.  Some see it as an approaching apocalypse, others as the beginning of a new era. Whatever your beliefs are about December 21, 2012, interest is skyrocketing in the Maya, the ancient civilization known for the great cities it left behind in Mexico and Central America.

The date marks the end of a 5,126-year cycle on the Long Count calendar developed by the Maya, and there will be events on the occasion in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras, Banas said.

If you want to see incredible ruins, Reid recommended skipping the tourist hordes at Tulum and Chichen Itza in Mexico and instead head to places such as Tikal, Guatemala (which George Lucas used as a location in the original "Star Wars"), and Chiapas, Mexico.

Reid was once exploring a site near Comitan, Mexico, and said he was astonished to discover he was the only person there.

"I had a pyramid to myself," Reid said. "You're just looking out over this mountainous valley, and you have the complete Mayan site to yourself. It's an unreal travel experience." 

Myanmar (also known as Burma) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this month that she sees signs the country -- ruled by a military junta for almost 50 years -- may genuinely be opening up. The changes mean tourists who didn't feel they could support the regime can finally start planning a trip to Myanmar, Rapp said.

"It is extraordinary," he said. "It is really as close to authentic and unspoiled as you can get in that part of the world."

Reid also found it unforgettable.

"There's really no place in the world that you will find sweeter, more welcoming people," Reid said.

Rapp suggested starting the journey in Yangon (once known as Rangoon) and staying at either the Governor's Residence or The Strand. Don't miss "extraordinary" Inle Lake, he added, where you can stay at the Golden Island Cottages.

Chicago The Windy City will be prominent on the world stage in 2012, hosting the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in April, and both the NATO and Group of Eight summits in May, Tornatore noted.

Golf fans will also descend on a country club just outside the city for the Ryder Cup in September. But even if you're not planning to be there for any big event, Chicago is ready for an influx of visitors from all over the world during 2012.

"Chicago is a huge tourist destination in its own right," Tornatore said, citing the city's museums, major sports teams and shopping. St. Vincent and the Grenadines What's not to like about a tropical paradise that bills itself as "one destination, 32 gorgeous Caribbean islands"?

Located between St. Lucia and Grenada, this island chain has long drawn stars and vacationers with deep pockets, but it will become more accessible to a wider range of travelers thanks to a $240 million airport scheduled to open on St. Vincent, Travel + Leisure reports. 

The Netherlands Flower lovers who flock to the country's stunning fields of tulips and who have made the colorful Keukenhof gardens one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands will get an extra treat next year at the Floriade.

The horticultural expo, staged once every 10 years, showcases the world's best flowers, plants, trees, fruits and vegetables.

"This is a once in a decade flower show so it's even more spectacular than Keukenhof, and Keukenhof is already amazing," Banas said.

"It actually runs from April all the way through October, so there's a pretty wide range of time that you can go and see this."

The expo is expected to attract 2 million visitors. 

Atlantic Canada Canada's Maritime Provinces are always a beautiful destination, but the region will be in the spotlight next year as it commemorates its connection to the Titanic and the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

After the Titanic struck an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912, three ships were dispatched from Halifax, Nova Scotia -- the closest major port -- to bring back the bodies of the victims. Some of the passengers were laid to rest in the city's cemeteries.

Halifax is planning lots of events to mark the anniversary, including a town parade, concerts and a film festival, Budget Travel reports.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic -- which has a huge collection of wooden Titanic artifacts, including a deck chair -- will have a temporary exhibit on the crews involved in the Titanic recovery effort. Uruguay There are extraordinary hotels opening in this South American country, which has stayed below the radar for many tourists, Rapp said.

"People don't know it ... so it's a real find," he said. "I rode horses, because the horseback riding is superb. The beaches are completely unspoiled."

He recommended checking out the art-filled Playa Vik and the Estancia Vik as well as the Hotel Fasano in the seaside resort of Punta del Este. Orlando Reid conceded some people might think of this choice as "ridiculous," but he called Orlando a legitimate surprise.

"By Orlando, I refer to Orlando the city," he said. "Local Orlando (residents) will tell you that the amusement park scene has no connection to the city itself."

The metropolis most people breeze by as they head to Disney World will transform into celebrity central as it hosts the 61st NBA All-Star Game in February.

Reid advised travelers to check out the city's lakes, museums and scenic neighborhoods, including the bohemian Milk District.

He also praised Orlando's food scene.

"There's this very big, wonderful, authentic, fantastic and tasty Vietnamese restaurant community called ViMi -- it's more authentic Vietnamese restaurants than you find in New York or San Francisco," he said.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Neshanic, NJ, Garden Club offers 'Floriade 2012' trip

The Neshanic Garden Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at the Station House on Olive Street in Neshanic Station. At 11 a.m. The Program, “Attracting Bees, Butterflies and Wildlife,” will be presented by Michael Pollock of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Please bring a bag lunch and a mug, beverages and desserts will be provided. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. For further information, contact club president Janet Gibson at 908-359-0176.
Former club president Diana Reinhardt of the Neshanic Garden Club has set a deadline of January 23, 2012, for registration for the Holland Trip which will be taken at the peak of the tulip season. The trip will take place on Sunday, April 15 through Monday, April 23, 2012. Trafalgar Tours is arranging the guided land tour at a cost of $2250 plus air fare of $1002.08. Also included are 7 nights at 4-star hotels with breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
Sights included are: bus tour of Amsterdam; canal dinner cruise of Amsterdam; Palace of Het Loo, Floriade World Horticultural Expo staged every 10 years and displaying the world’s most exquisite flowers; Keukenhof Garden and Flower Parade of 2012 plus 32 hectare of beautiful tulips and other spring bulbs; Aalsmeer Flower Auction; Dr. Costerus Botanic Garden; DeLocht Farmstead and Museum built in 1859 and a free day in Amsterdam.
For further information about the sights and activities, please call Diana Reinhardt at 908-369-4362 or e-mail her at reinhardt9@verizon.net

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Floriade comes with its own Fashion Week

Floriade comes with its own Fashion WeekFrom May 7 to 13, 2012 Fashion Week takes place the Floriade. Theme is awareness for Fashion Design and Sustainability, shown from different angles and moments.

The purpose of Floriade 2012 is to inspire the visitor and "conscious" to the project JANTAMINIAU inspired by Floriade 2012. So keep Li Edelkoort a lecture, give runway photographer Peter Stigter a workshop on street photography and allows consumers 7 and May 8 the workshop "Design Piece 'following Peter Leferink, professor of fashion AMFI.

 The Floriade Fashion Show will be held on Friday, May 11, in which five unique designs JANTAMINIAU, 15 master pieces and piece design of the workshop are presented.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Seven candidates for Floriade 2022

The acceptance period for those who have to report to the Floriade 2022 to organize is now closed. There were seven candidates in the Dutch Horticultural Council (NTR) reported: The Region Rivierenland, the City of Almere, the Cooperative Flevoland 2022, the Region Boskoop 2022, North Holland North, the city of Groningen and the City of Amsterdam.

In the short term, selection of the Dutch Horticultural Council review the proposals against the set criteria. During January, the selection committee's recommendation to release the NTR. In late January NTR decides who will be invited to be a bid book to give. The evaluation of these proposals will result in early October 2012 announcement of the organizing party in 2022.

The world able to make it coincides with the closing of the Floriade 2012 in Venlo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Riverland region candidate Floriade 2022

The municipalities in the Riverland region have today officially applied for the Floriade 2022. A delegation this morning the candidate letter to the Dutch Horticultural Council handed. Candidates were able to log on December 1, 2011. The Dutch Horticultural Council is currently considering all nominations. Later than February 1, 2012 let them know who nominated for a bid book to give. 

That must be received July 1, 2012 inside. In the closing week of the Floriade in Venlo (October 2012), the Horticultural Council will announce the following horticultural exhibition may organize. Besides the municipalities are also Greenport Betuwse Flower, the Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Tourist Board, and the province of Gelderland enthusiasm for Floriade. Ontzander Dekker van de Kamp, the necessary land available. They were also represented in the delegation.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Scenic Cruises Offers Voyages to 'Floriade 2012'

Scenic Cruises is offering 15- and 18-day itineraries to Floriade in 2012. // (c) 2011 Scenic Cruises.
Scenic Cruises' 18-day Flourishing Floriade Jewels of Europe
Highlights of the 18-day cruise include the three nights at Floriade, a medieval banquet in Marksburg Castle, an event where guests are invited to participate in European village life for a day, an organ recital at Melk’s Benedictine Abbey and a private Vienneseconcert of Strauss and Mozart music. 
Departures are available in May, July, August and September, and prices start at $8,115 per person, double, and are all-inclusive.
The 15-day Jewels of Europe itinerary visits Amsterdam and Budapest, and features dozens of departures between April and October. Prices are available at $6,235, and include a one day visit to Floriade 2012.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dutch 'Floriade 2012' pavilion committed to innovation

"The Dutch pavilion at the Floriade 2012 is built with the latest techniques and materials, and shows how much knowledge and innovative entrepreneurs in the Dutch house." 

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen of EL & I at the signing of the plans for the state pavilion ' My Green World ".

Dutch Floriade pavilion is committed to innovation
The Dutch pavilion is built in the shape of a germ and symbolizes growth and renewal. 
The property includes a "smart skin"; transparent fa├žade material that the heat flow in the building used for space heating or cooling. Inside the pavilion, visitors can see a simulated green world, with examples of innovative developments.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Vancouver Europe Garden Tour With 'Floriade 2012'

In a gardener's life, there are a few must-do/must-sees. Seeing the Chelsea Flower Show in London, for instance, is one thing every keen gardener should do once in their life.

The Floriade, a mega horticultural world's fair held only once every 10 years in the Netherlands, is another world-class event every garden lover should experience once.

Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Kew, the Keukenhof, Hampton Court Palace are all world-class gardens worthy of inclusion on any must-see list.
Few people get to see all these wonders in one trip.

But that's precisely what my next European garden tour is all about - taking 15 days in May to see it all.

This includes the magnificent Floriade, amazing Chelsea Flower Show, breathtaking Keukenhof and ethereal Sissinghurst along with Kew, Hampton Court and Great Dixter, plus a grand selection of exceptional private gardens and outstanding destinations in Holland, Belgium and England.

Gardens, gardens and more gardens can be a little overwhelming. I can't get enough of them.

But I agree that life needs more to find satisfaction and make a day complete, especially on vacation. So this European tour will also include plenty of time to take in cultural attractions, such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the theatre scene and exciting razzle-dazzle of London, and much more.

The adventure will start in Amsterdam with an orientating canal tour of the city followed the next day by a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof flower garden, mammoth Aalsmeer Flower Auction, where more than 17 million flowers are sold each day, and exclusive visit to the private garden of Holland's queen of landscaping, Jacqueline van der Kloet.
There will be time, of course, to enjoy the historic parts of downtown Amsterdam, including time at the quaint flower market.

From Amsterdam, we will visit the extraordinary garden complexes of Appeltern and Kijktuinen.

Appeltern is a one-of-a-kind centre (I've seen nothing like it anywhere else in Europe and nothing to compare it with in North America) that features 150 model gardens, closely linked, so that you are able to walk through dozens of completely different styles of garden in no time at all.
Each unique garden is separated artistically. You just won't find a collection of model gardens of this scope and quality anywhere in North America.

Kijktuinen is similar and also unique: a destination known only to top Dutch horticulturalists and landscape architects looking for innovative garden ideas.

The next day we will tackle what is the horticultural equivalent of a world's fair - the famous Floriade, a magnificent event covering more than 66 hectares and which is billed as a "global spectacle" and "spectacular theatre of nature" with five unique themed garden "worlds" separated by a wooded area.

The Floriade is such a gigantic undertaking that it can only be put on once every 10 years.

And it's no wonder that it takes a decade to put together. The site is so big that a 30-metre-high cable car system is being built to convey people from one end of the site to the other and also giving a bird's-eye view of the hundreds of special exhibits.

Dozens of countries from around the globe contribute top-notch sustainable, pioneering architectural landscape features to the Floriade, which is considered a "melting pot of cultures."

From Holland, we will move into Belgium, dropping into exquisite private gardens en route - gardens that have caught the attention of garden journalists from all over Europe, if not beyond and that yet these sites remarkably still remain private, quiet, beautifully serene retreats.
We will be entertained in these gardens by the owners before we continue on our way, winding up in one of Europe's most picturesque and charming old-world cities - Bruges, famous for its heritage architecture, some of which dates as far back to the Middle Ages.
The city of Bruges has been designated a World Heritage site because of the unparalleled beauty and historic nature of its extraordinary buildings, some of which appear in paintings by Flemish old-masters in the town's art gallery.

From Bruges, we will skip across the English Channel, taking the Eurostar express through the Chunnel to St. Pancras Station in London.
From there, we will head down to Kent to visit the iconic gardens of Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, two gardens that have thrilled and inspired gardeners for decades.

Built around the ruin of an Elizabethan house and set in the middle of its own woods with views of Kentish countryside on all sides, Sissinghurst was home to the writer and diplomat Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, celebrated writer and gardener in the 1930s.
We will also see Great Dixter, the famous 20th century Arts and Crafts garden restored in the early 1900s by Edwin Lutyens but most famous for the work of author and gardener Christopher Lloyd, who was born at Great Dixter and left the estate to The Great Dixter Trust on his death in 2006.

Heading back into London, we will pop into see the 121-hectare (299acre) Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew followed by a quiet day out to Hampton Court where among other things we will see the longest herbaceous border in the world as well as one of the world's oldest and possibly biggest grapevine plus some amazing gardens and garden structures, such as a gigantic Victorian garden tunnel.

The Chelsea Show, of course, is an event that is worth attending all on its own. If you went to Europe only to see Chelsea, you would not be disappointed and it would be time well spent.

You will see outstanding gardens, immaculately designed and constructed, plus floral displays of incomparable beauty and botanical perfection.

Without doubt, this is a memory that you will carry for life.
For more details about this exclusive tour call Lyle Truden at Flight Centre in Vancouver at 604-682-5621 or email lyle.truden@flightcentre.ca.

Monday, November 14, 2011

'Floriade 2012' -- A Global Gardening Spectacle!

Got next year’s summer garden trip planned yet? For the last few years, I’ve made an annual pilgrimage each spring to the Chelsea Flower and Garden Show in London, England. It could be described as a world championship of gardening where the world’s premier designers compete to produce impossible designs and the latest plants are introduced like debutantes.

Next spring 2012, however, will be different. I’m planning to visit another garden show that vastly exceeds Chelsea in scope and size, a show that could be described as the gardening Olympics. It’s a much rarer event, occurring not once every four years, but only once each decade, the first one held back in 1960. The event is Floriade, promoted as a World Horticultural Exposition, a global spectacle taking place in the southeast Netherlands, close to the border with Germany in the city of Venlo.

The word Floriade comes from the Latin term floriat — to design with flowers, and is pronounced ‘florry yada.’ Funny, I hear ‘flowery yard,’ which is equally appropriate as it is indeed a big yard; a 66-hectare park, in fact, encompassing five areas separated by woodland. Each area will be unique, filled with programs and activities where visitors, as the organizers say, will see, feel, and experience nature in a totally different way each time. The five themes are Relax and Heal, Green Engine, Education and Innovation, Environment, and a World Show Stage. The Relax and Heal section area is to feature a garden designed in harmony with natural elements to balance the energy of visitors and simply make them feel good. Revitalizing — just the kind of thing that’s needed around midday when visiting any garden show.

There’ll be tranquil Japanese gardens there, too, and a restaurant featuring tempting foods of the orient. A section called a “stadspark” will be filled with vibrant plants and flowers as only the Dutch can grow them. An exposition is more than a show; it’s a place for learning and experiencing. The Green Engine section will focus on nature and industry, showing how horticulture is a huge economic driving force. It will have Villa Flora, an innovative, sustainable green office building containing an incredible indoor flower show. And of course, a Flower Bulb Pavilion to tell the story of Dutch bulbs with music, films, and fragrance.

In the Environment area, visitors can enter the Horticultural Pavilion to see displays of everything Dutch horticulture gives to the world. There’ll also be an Avenue of Garden Cultures with international gardens designed to provide wonder and inspiration, and a pavilion devoted to Dutch agriculture and horticulture. It is to feature a sushi style conveyor belt filled with produce for sampling. And then there’s the World Show Stage, the part of the park with a promenade of food, an open air theatre on a hillside, an eye-popping water garden, a pavilion featuring traditional buildings of Indonesia and, of course, more gardens, including an immaculate rose garden.

What Floriade really means is a massive, six month long, horticultural extravaganza running from April to October. Imagine, if you’re old enough to remember, an Expo ’67 for gardeners. That is Floriade. That’s about as much as I know about it, enough to make me want to spend the summer in The Netherlands, except I’d have to abandon my garden. Instead, it will be just a day there, but I’ll be spending a few days seeing more of the country including the famous Aalsmeer Flower Market before finishing off the trip back in England at the good old Chelsea Flower Show — couldn’t possibly miss it.

If you’d more details of this trip or would like to join my group for this tour, contact me below. David Hobson gardens in Waterloo and is happy to answer garden questions, preferably by email: garden@gto.net. Reach him by mail c/o Etcetera, The Record, 160 King St. E. Kitchener, Ont. N2G 4E5

Friday, November 11, 2011

Latest 'Floriade 2012' Newsletter

There are less than six months to go before Floriade 2012 opens its gates. There is still plenty of work ahead to be done, but a lot has already been completed. 

A notable success story you can read about in this newsletter is the Floriade cable lift: since April no less than 51,000 visitors have taken a ride on this attraction! This month also saw the festive opening of Villa Flora and construction of the Innovatoren is also nearing its final stages. The season ticket sales are very encouraging too, while the other types of tickets have also been on sale since last week. The gardens and pavilions in the park are rapidly taking shape and next month a staggering 1 million flower bulbs will be planted.

This newsletter hopes to bring you up to date on the latest Floriade developments.

Happy reading!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Visit Floriade 2012 Horticulture Event with Trafalgar

Visit the sixth annual Floriade horitculture event with packaged deals fromTrafalgar.

The 6th annual Floriade event features 100 exhibitors paying tribute to horticulture and a cultural program of music, dance, literature, theater and visual art from all over the world. The event will be held in Amsterdam from April 5 to October 7, 2012.

Trafalgar will include full passes on two of its Holland itineraries. Guests joining the eight-day "Best of Holland" trip (from $2,225) will enjoy a relaxed pace holiday as part of Trafalgar’s "At Leisure" collection. Spending four nights in Amsterdam, two in Groningen and taking day trips toApeldoorn and Volendam, guests will experience beautiful Holland with inclusional highlights like a canal cruise, a visit to a cheese farm and a trip to the Rijksmuseum. On day four, guests head to Venlo to immerse themselves in all things botanical at Floriade.

Trafalgar also offers an 11-day "Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg At Leisure" trip (from $2,725). On day seven guests will be treated to one of Trafalgar’s signature "Be My Guest" dining experiences in picturesque Bruges.

Trafalgar is encouraging travelers to book their 2012 summer Europe vacations early, offering up to $1,000 per couple savings when booked and paid in full by December 1, 2011 for travel between April 1 and October 31, 2012.

Visit www.trafalgartours.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Uniworld Offers 'Floriade 2012'

Europe and the UK: the latest packages and special offers
An expedition aboard the Sampo Icebreaker through the northern Gulf of Bothnia and the chance to jump into freezing Arctic waters are among the highlights of Bentours’ four-day Lapland Ice Safari. Prices start from $1644. For more information, visit www.bentours.com.au
Insight Vacations’ recently released 2012 Europe and Britain program sees the addition of 22 new itineraries including the nine-day Highlights of Poland, priced from $1985. Destinations visited include Krakow, Warsaw, Poznan and Malbork. For more information, visit www.insightvacations.com.au
For 2012, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched two itineraries taking in the world-famous horticultural festival Floriade, which is held once every 10 years. One of these is the eight-day Gems of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with Floriade, priced from $2995. Floriade runs from April to October in the Netherlands. For more information, www.uniworldcruises.com.au
A journey into Norway is on offer from Discover the World, which has a 16-day Fjordland Explorer package. This round-trip from Oslo includes an 11-day Hurtigruten coastal voyage. Clients who book before February 29, 2012 can save up to 10% on selected voyage fares. Prices start from $4921 (including the 10% discount). For more information, visit www.discovertheworld.com.au
An upcoming end of year sale for Renault Eurodrive includes reduced rates, five free days on selected models, 50% delivery and return discount, and a past client loyalty bonus of three free days. The lease period begins at 15 days and is valid for deliveries up until January 31, 2012. A Megane Coupe Diesel 1.5L is priced from $1399 for 15 days, with five free days included. For more information, visit www.renaulteurodrive.com.au
Creative Holidays has launched its first Europe and UK Preview Brochure, ahead of the 2012 season. The brochure includes accommodation options, sightseeing tours and car hire in London, Paris and Rome, among a host of other features. For those visiting London, an overnight stay at The Ibis Earls Court is priced from $84. For more information, visit www.creativeholidays.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

JAN TAMINIAU Fashion Week at Floriade 2012

Jantaminiau's Masterclass consists of four parts of which the last two take place on 10 and May 11 in the Open Studio at the Floriade site. 

Dutch academies are approached to 15 interested students to gather for this masterclass. 

The assignment: design based on the theme "Nature Extends' completely from their own vision, a design in a sustainable manner, using sustainable materials. Fashion Show at the Floriade, the 15 designs shown to the public. 

From May 7 to 13, 2012 Fashion Week takes place the Floriade. Theme is awareness for Fashion Design and Sustainability, shown from different angles and moments. 

The purpose of Floriade 2012 is to inspire the visitor and "conscious" to the project JANTAMINIAU inspired by Floriade 2012. 

So keep Li Edelkoort a lecture, give runway photographer Peter Stigter a workshop on street photography and allows consumers 7 and May 8 the workshop "Design Piece 'following Peter Leferink, professor of fashion AMFI.

The Floriade Fashion Show will be held on Friday, May 11, in which five unique designs JANTAMINIAU, 15 master pieces and piece design of the workshop are presented.

JANTAMINIAU also responsible for the design of the 2012 Floriade corporate where he was inspired by classic clothing gardeners.

Floriade and JANTAMINIAU are united by their love of culture, nature, quality and durability. The brand stands for JANTAMINIAU timeless, but also beauty with contemporary crafts and traditions and the use of technology in high esteem.

But the nature and the obvious ease with which it unfolds and forms, have a great value for the Dutch designer. Nature has beauty in it, and also is important what one does with nature and with nature is what happened. 
The transience and destructive power of nature are also qualities that JANTAMINIAU inspire the design.

Durability is important: recycling, great respect for nature and the eternity of the creations are proof of this.The brand JANTAMINIAU looks, like Floriade, is proud to Dutch icons, Dutch ideas and products made with love in the Netherlands are conceived and produced.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fargo, ND 'Floriade 2012' Tour Set

By: Darrel Koehler, Grand Forks Herald

There will be gremlins, goblins and perhaps even an occasional witch out on the prowl Monday night as we observe that most American holiday — Halloween. But while everyone else is out trick or treating or having generally a good time, the Prairie Gardener will be cleaning up his files for a five-month break from writing the garden column.
For several years, the column has been discontinued during the winter months — when gardening news is sparse — resuming in April and continuing through the following October. That will be case again this year. However, the Prairie Gardener will check his mail weekly at the Herald and he is in the phone book if you want to call or write during his absence. In April, he will resume the column by promoting Gardening Saturday set for April 14.

Besides ending the column for the winter, the gardening show on KNOX-AM ended late September and it also is expected to resume in mid-April. For 11 years, the Prairie Gardener has fielded garden questions live on air for the station during the growing season.

But we digress, so let’s get back to gardening.

Pumpkins galore
There fortunately were enough pumpkins to go around this year for those wanting them for display or for carving into jack-o’-lanterns. Some of the smaller pumpkins will end up in holiday pies and other baked goods. Other areas of the country weren’t so fortunate due to the deluge Hurricane Irene brought to the northeastern states earlier. Extreme drought elsewhere hurt yield. Locally, the pumpkin crop was a success.

Pumpkins are easy to grow. The Prairie Gardener ended up with enough volunteer plants in his garden to produce a crop without even bothering to plant them. Pumpkins are easier to grow than to classify. At least three different species are called pumpkins, and all can be correctly called squash. Besides classic orange, pumpkins come in green, blue-green and even white.
The four most common types grown include the following: Miniatures are used for centerpieces and indoor decorations. Pie pumpkins make flavorful baked goods, while field types are favored for jack-o’-lanterns. Giants indulge our appetites for real big stuff and these are the kind that make the news due to their huge size.

If you are planning to include pumpkins in your garden next year (youngsters love pumpkins) you can choose from these varieties: Miniatures would include Baby Boo or Jack Be Little. Pie types include New England Pie and Small Sugar. Field types for carving would be Howden or Rocket. And if you are into giants, there is the old favorite Atlantic Giant or Prizewinner.

Floriade set
Gardeners are counting the days before the Floriade, which is a world horticultural exposition, hosted every decade in the Netherlands. The sixth event is scheduled from April through mid-October 2012.

The event includes 165-acres, 100,000 flowers, 30 country exhibitions, wine tastings, cultural shows and region culinary delights.

Ron Smith and wife, Betsey, have joined Judy’s Leisure Tours, Fargo, in assisting with the tour set for June 4-14. For more information including a full day-day itinerary call Judy’s at (800) 598-0851.

Sign up early for a discount.

Fall jobs
The long-term forecast is indicating a warmer than-normal autumn. This is good news for gardeners who still have a myriad of tasks to complete before the first snow arrives. Typically, we get a taste of snow about mid-November with the bigger snowfalls arriving around Thanksgiving or into early December. We may want to be extra careful in winter preparation such as mulching and covering tender plants. The winter predictions call for a wetter and colder winter such as the La Nina event we experienced earlier.

Caution should be used if you are planning to do some late fall pruning. Fruit trees are typically pruned in April following winter. Spring-flowering shrubs should such as lilacs should be pruned right after flowering in the spring. If you prune now, you will remove the flowering buds that are already formed.

Hybrid tea roses, as well other tender roses and some shrub roses, require winter protection if they are to bloom again. If you have expensive roses, you may want to try the Minnesota tip method for protection. Dig a narrow trench on one side of the plant. Tie the canes together, loosen one side of the roots, tip the plant into the trench, cover with soil and mulch.

If that sounds like too much work and you don’t have a lot invested in the roses, you can make a mound a foot or so of soil over the center of the rosebush. Then cover the mound with some mulch and some chicken wire to hold the insulation in place. Plastic foam rose cones also work, however, they do need air hole and close monitoring. Mold can be a problem.

The winter sun and hungry varmints can harm trees, especially young trees with thin bark. Wrap trunks with plastic tree protectors, but be sure to remove as soon as weather warms in spring. If you don’t want to bother wrapping and unwrapping trees, use hardware cloth to form a cylinder several inches larger than the tree trunk. Push several inches into the soil. There are sprays that protect plantings from deer and rabbits, too.

Evergreen shrubs benefit from burlap screens or wrapping.

Thanks go to the many people who have commented on the mini-garden at an intersection on the north end of East Grand Forks. It’s a beautification project where the Prairie Gardner wants to give something back to the community. It will be back in 2012. Farewell until April.

Koehler is the Herald’s garden columnist. Send garden questions to him in care of the Grand Forks Herald, Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008. This is the final garden column for the 2011 gardening season. The weekly column resumes in April 2012.