POELDIJK, The Netherlands: The Dutch Lily Days will be officially opened this year at Van den Bos Flowerbulbs in Honselersdijk. This will be the seventh time that the annual open days for the whole of the lily-cultivating Netherlands have been held. On opening day, Tuesday, June 6, the start of the Dutch Lily Days always has an extra festive touch. This year there is the naming of a new roselily by Paul Deckers, principal arranger of the annual floral decoration “Urbi et Orbi” /St Peter’s Square in Rome.
The rest of the official opening is a splendid metaphor for the growing belief in the lily sector. There will also be a competition during the opening for the loveliest bridal decoration created by international florists, and judged by the international press attending. Since the origin of the Dutch Lily Days six years ago, the event has helped draw more attention to lilies, in the Netherlands as well as internationally. The four-day ‘display’ of lily cultivation is something appreciated by an increasing number of foreign visitors. This is aided by the link to the Flower Trials, which are held a week later.
Hundreds of new varieties
From Tuesday to Friday, June 6 to 9, thirteen prominent lily breeders and dealers through the Netherlands open their doors. Each year they present around a hundred new varieties, proof that the lily sector is booming worldwide. The new varieties can be admired at all participating companies.
List of participants
All participating companies in the Dutch Lily Days are open from 08:00 to 18:00 on June 6 – 9. Visitors are welcome at Van den Bos Flowerbulbs, Bot Flowerbulbs, De Jong Lelies, Lily Company, Mak Breeding, Onings Holland Flowerbulbs, C. Steenvoorden BV, GAV Lilies, Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan, VWS Flowerbulbs, World Breeding, Zabo Plant and Royal Van Zanten. More information can be found on the website: www.dutchlilydays.com.