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Israel's Haifa International Flower Exhibition opened its gates last week by the city's seashore.
Included in the nine tents representing different themes, were 'Romantic Avenue', 'Hanging garden', the 'World of Water' and 'Secret garden'.
On offer were a whole host of colors and smells, and at each tent, a surprise was in store, giving visitors a unique experience.
[Benzi Gil, Principal Exhibitions Designer]:
"We wanted the audience to have a whole new experience in every room, and did not want them to see everything at a single glance. That would've been less interesting. So we thought we should use tents and in each tent we would design a different fairy tale as a theme! So this is what we did, including the 'Wild World'—we simply invented fables using flowers!"
Music and special lighting complemented each different theme, making it an all-round sensory experience.
The Mayor of Haifa was among those enjoying the show, saying it's a privilege to experience nature's real creations in the days of digital supremacy.
[Yona Yahav, Mayor of Haifa]:
"We wanted Haifa—the capital of northern Israel—to speak to our country and the whole world through flowers. Haifa is hosting the biggest flower exhibition in the world, with half-a-million flowers; 400 different kinds from 70 countries. You can see the audience voted with their legs".
Not all were happy with the confinements of the tents' design but the flowers did not fail to impress.
[Inbal Faust, Visitor]:
"This exhibition is very impressive, but it's a shame it's built in a way that makes it hard for people to see . But in general I am impressed, and it's worth paying a visit. The most fun part is the colors and the combination of flowers, it was definitely worth coming!"
Benzi Gil, the exhibition's Principal Designer:
[Benzi Gil, Principal Designer]:
"For me, flowers are an expression of love. I see many people who work in this field—flower arranging and flower growing—who really love it, not only for the aesthetic side but because they simply fall in love with this living element."
The flower exhibition has been a long-standing tradition in Haifa, having been held for 25 years until 1993 before closing its doors—now it's in revival once again.