Antalya and Tangshan garden expos in final preparations

Two garden expos open next month, in Turkey and China, ahead of a possible UK expo.


EXPO 2016 Antalya opens on 23 April until 30 October 2016, in Antalya, Turkey.

Seeking solutions for a green future the expo is themed around flowers and children and based on the philosophy ‘Cultivating a green life for future generations’. It is championing the motto ‘Cultivating the Future’ and will explore the themes of bio history, biodiversity, sustainability and green city.

With the support of AIPH and the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), EXPO 2016 Antalya is the first A1 category International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Turkey.

Tim Briercliffe, AIPH secretary general, said: "This will be a wonderful opportunity for both the horticultural industry and the people to come together to witness and celebrate the benefits of horticulture and its very real impact on the future. It is anticipated that eight million local and foreign visits will be made to EXPO 2016 Antalya’s 112-hectare exhibition site over its 6-month duration. We are very proud to approve this expo."

UK involvement in Turkey will be a garden by Adam Frost, intended to showcase the UK as a 2024 expo destination.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition opens on 29 April until 16 October 2016, in Tangshan, China. This is an A2/B1 exhibition approved by AIPH.
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Tangshan Earthquake, the expo will demonstrate the role of greening cities with a theme of ‘City and Nature, Phoenix Nirvana’.
Other aspects include fashion gardening, environmental protection, low-carbon lifestyles and harmonious co-existence between nature and humanity. 
Briercliffe said: "Over seven million people live in the city of Tangshan and the surrounding area. With a history of mining and ceramics this important Chinese industrial city is also well known for the devastating earthquake that killed 242,000 citizens in 1976. The city was almost completely flattened so when you visit now it is remarkable to see such a strong and vibrant place.

"This city continues to rebuild and the 2016 Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition is an important part of this ‘rebirth’ with strong support from the city government. Over five million people are expected to visit the expo which intends to leave a lasting legacy and play a vital role in the regeneration of this important city."

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