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A flower show offers some calm amid the storm
by Adrian Higgins
The Washington Post Translate This Article
12 March 2017
On 12 March 2017 The Washington Post reported:
In Philadelphia, the soothing influence of Dutch gardeners. The venerable Philadelphia Flower Show . . . America's largest and oldest flower show . . . is scheduled to run from March 11 through March 19. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's flower show this year, 'Holland: Flowering the World,' celebrates the beauty of the Dutch landscape and the ingenuity of the country's green technologies.
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The calm spectacle is tempered even more by the 2017 show's homage to the Netherlands, whose citizens have a singular ability to feel passionately about plants without showing it. They are also particularly skilled at raising and selling them. Ton Akkerman, the agricultural attache in Washington, points out that 77 percent of the global bulb trade comes from Holland. 'For cut flowers, it's 44 percent,' he said. 'And we are 10 times smaller than California.' . . .
But since the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show's organizers, last themed the show around Holland a generation ago, the plant world in the Netherlands has moved way beyond just the iconic tulip and the bulb trade.
The country is at the heart of a landscape design movement called the Dutch Wave, with landscapes of lots of grasses and perennials and, yes, bulbs, woven together in gardens of naturalism and sustainability.
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