PHILADELPHIA, USA: This year’s theme for the Philadelphia Flower Show (March 11-19) is ‘Holland- Flowering the World’. Already sure to attract huge crowds is the Ecodome, a creation of award-winning landscape architect Nico Wissing from the Netherlands.
Wissing developed the concept of the Ecodome a decade ago as a way to bring together the latest thinking in sustainability and environmental practices in the Netherlands. The opportunity to construct the sphere came last year as the Dutch government was making plans for its turn holding the presidency of the European Union. The Ministry of Economic Affairs wanted a place where EU ministers and agriculture counselors could discuss the future of Common Agricultural Policy. Nico and his team built the structure in Amsterdam and filled it will innovations inspired by nature.
The top panels were covered with moss that helped filter vehicle exhaust from the air. Below the podium, an ultrafine dust reduction system was installed to capture 70 percent of particulates in the air. Red and blue LED technology was used to generate optimum growing light for crop plants while achieving energy efficiency. The Ecodome also features solar energy, the ability to convert rain into drinking water, moss water storage, recycled concrete, olivine paving that absorbs carbon dioxide, an insect hotel, bio-based furniture, vertical green walls, climbing plants, fruits trees, herbs and other edible plants.
For its trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, the Ecodome will be broken down into about 100 pieces, packed into containers, and shipped to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Nico and his team will guide its assembly in the exhibition hall, where it will serve as a centerpiece of Dutch green innovations.
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event, and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show introduces the newest plant varieties, garden and design concepts, and organic and sustainable practices. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events, and the citywide Bloom Philly celebration. The Philadelphia Flower Show has been honored as the best event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, competing with events such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Tournament of Roses Parade, Indianapolis 500 Festival, and other international celebrations.
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