Buga 2005 gets off to blooming start in Munich
29 April 2005, MUNICH - There might not have been many flowers - but that didn't prevent Germany's national garden show getting off to a blooming start in Munich on Thursday.
29 April 2005
MUNICH - There might not have been many flowers - but that didn't prevent Germany's national garden show getting off to a blooming start in Munich on Thursday.
More than 30,000 visitors took advantage of a special opening-day admission fee of just EUR 3 to flock to Buga 2005, which runs until 9 October.
The showground, which was created specifically for the event, covers an area of 200 hectares - bigger than the size of Monaco.
It features a purpose-built lake the size of 14 football pitches, where visitors can take a dip or watch one of the cultural performances on the floating stage.
Although a spate of bad weather has so far prevented many of the two million plants from flowering, the sun came out on time for the opening celebrations.
"Buga 2005 is a real experience for the senses," said Bavarian prime minister Edmund Stoiber. "It is a major new attraction for Munich and Bavaria and just goes to show how nature and art can work together."
Based on the theme of perspectives, the show, which has cost EUR 65 million, features a series of gardens designed by various artists. These aim to transform visitors to the size of insects to give them a new take on nature.
The showground itself is also a work of art, created by French landscape architect Giles Vexlard.
Not everyone, however, was taken by Vexlard's stark, straight-line concepts, which include a 2 km-long concrete road running the length of the park.
"It's not exactly Chelsea Flower Show," said British visitor Jessica Grace. "Everything is too regular and not very natural."
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Subject: German news