Danis designs Turkish Expo garden

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association (OAiB) have joined forces to promote Green City concepts on their garden at Expo 2016 Antalya in Turkey.

Designed by Landform Consultants garden designer Nilufer Danis, the ‘Green Oasis Garden’, which covers 1,000 square metres, aims to demonstrate the value of ‘living green’ in cities and promote investment in urban greening around the world.

In July 2015, Danis designed the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism: Garden of Paradise in the World Gardens category a RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and won best in category.

Expo 2016 Antalya expects eight million visitors while it is open from 23 April until 30 October 2016. Visitors to the Green Oasis Garden can see the following concepts in practice:

  • A green roof  which lessens the urban heat island effect as well as capturing particulates and pollutants in the air, producing oxygen and providing insulation to enable energy saving.
  • Solar panels on the top of the building absorb the sun’s rays to generate electricity.
  • A rain garden provides sustainable drainage to prevent flooding and storm water runoff.
  • A planted table enables food to grow right where you eat it! The table includes a mix of edible green plants and fruit to encourage healthier and more sustainable living, demonstrating a way to grow your own food at home.
  • Insect hotels promote biodiversity providing place for hibernating insects like ladybirds and butterflies.
  • Permeable paving surfaces allow the movement of storm water through the surface and reduce water runoff.
  • Tree planting provides a habitat for wildlife and helps cool the air, reducing the so called ‘heat island effect’.

AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe said; "AIPH believes strongly that cities around the world can use plants and the living landscape to tackle the many social and environmental challenges they face. It is our hope that cities from around the world will use the concepts demonstrated in this garden to improve life for their own citizens. Expo 2016 Antalya will be an amazing event and I would recommend that everyone with an interest in greening the future should visit."

OAiB president Osman Bagdatlioglu added: "I am proud to have been involved with Expo 2016 Antalya since AIPH first approved it as an A1 International Horticultural Exhibition in 2008. This region of Turkey is developing rapidly as a major producer of ornamentals and we welcome everyone to come and see us."

Adam Frost is designing a UK garden at the show. The garden will be refreshed as the show continues using Turkish plants. The HTA is behind the garden and hope it will help promote the idea of a UK Expo in the next decade and will be inviting representatives from towns and cities that might want to host an Expo to Antalya.

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