We were told it was going to be big, but the Hortiflorexpo in Shanghai was huge.
In fact, it was this show that anchored the schedule of our trip because it was a such a “must see,” and is only held every other year in Shanghai. But why is it held the week before Mother’s Day, you ask? I don’t think we ever had that clearly answered, but it didn’t seem to impact the attendance. According to show officials, they expected over 30,000 people to attend the show this year.
Our delegation of flower farmers met with wholesalers and importers to discuss American Grown Flowers and any interest their might be in importing our farms’ flowers.
We also walked the show and saw some familiar names and companies with booths at this year’s show. Australia, Holland and Colombia all had booths representing flowers that were being imported to China today.
We had about three hours after our meetings to walk the show. The floriculture portion was held in three huge buildings, but included bedding plants and landscaping-type exhibits as well. It was a big show and well attended.