From November 1-4, IGMPR co-organized the International Garden Tourism Conference in cooperation with the Canadian Garden Council and support of – amongst others – the American Public Gardens Association and City of Victoria. Over 90 delegates from 40 gardens and 12 countries gathered in Victoria, BC to Seize the Moment. These gardens alone host already more than 17 million visitors a year and truly are a destination category on its own. We look forward to next conference in 2025.
For the second edition of the Immersion Garden at the world’s oldest tulip festival, Tulip Time in Holland, MI, IGMPR introduced the Delftware floral benches with patterns designed by Heinen Delfts Blauw and Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk. Another great addition were over 30 large interpretation displays with artwork visuals collected from museums all over the world, explaining the Journey of the Tulip – how it travelled from East to West – , and tulip art and culture in the Netherlands. During 8 days we received thousands of visitors each day and had sold-out weekends and rave reviews. We let the images and video’s speak for itself!
On May 1, a brand new floral experience created by IGMPR and the NC Arboretum opened to the public. IGMPR pioneered a new approach of integrating Immersive Blooming Objects as extensions to the hard- and softscapes of the garden. This transforms the garden into a unique floral experience, while using thousands of Lily, Calla and Hydrengea’s. More information at: https://www.ncarboretum.org/bloom-with-a-view/
On March 27, the Dafeng Holland Flower Park the Tulip Festival in Dafeng Holland Flower was officially opened. With new floral acts, parades and installations it offers the visitors an immersive experience into the world of flowers. A dazzling 299.000 visitors enjoyed the tulips from April 3-5 during the Chinese Tomb Sweeping festival, and more are expected to visit throughout April.
Many of the scheduled tulip festivals around the world had to scale back or close also this spring due to COVID-19 restrictions, but fortunately there are still some places open for people to enjoy them!
IGMPR has been supporting Dafeng Holland Flowers since 2015, when it first opened to the public ,and the park has developed itself into one of the major tourist attractions in East-China and is the largest flower park in China.