Back on form……

Japan will prove it is well on the road to recovery, following this March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, as it prepares for a star studded international gardening championship
If the success of last year’s first Gardening World Cup can be repeated then Japan sends out a powerful message to the world that it’s safe to travel and there are still wonderful things to see and do.
Last year’s show saw 100,000 people visiting in the first week and the show was so popular that it was extended by a further three months. The event proved how capable the Japanese are at taking ideas from others and making them more successful. The organisers, backed by a budget of several million, have made it clear that they want to rival the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
The only gardening show of its kind in Japan it takes place in near Nagasaki. It is situated in the palace grounds of Huis Ten Bosch, a 375 acre theme park built as an astonishing replica of a Dutch town complete with windmills, villas, palaces, canals and tulip fields.
With its proximity to Nagasaki, the theme is deliberately, ‘gardens for world peace and a prayer for Japanese recovery’. This year it is being held in aid of the victims of the Japanese Tsunami.
With designers picked to represent 12 countries from five continents visitors get to see the best designers from Australia, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia competing for medals

Gardening World Cup is to be held in Nagasaki, Japan from 9 -31 October

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