AIPH - OAIB handed over “Green Oasis” Garden to EXPO 2016
“Green Oasis” Garden, which was set up at EXPO 2016 by International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association (OAIB) to tell the importance of green spaces in cities, has been handed over permanently to EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency on 27 November, 2016.
AIPH President Bernard Oosterom, AIPH Secretary General Tim Briercliffe, OAIB President Osman Bağdatlıoğlu, Secretary General of EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Fırat Işık, General Commissioner of the Agency Ambassador Erdoğan Kök, country commissioners and garden directors attended the ceremony.
OAIB President Bağdatlıoğlu made an opening speech at the handover ceremony. He said Antalya’s EXPO adventure had started in 2008, as Turkish Exporters Association they have worked hand in hand with AIPH in the process to make it happen.
Bağdatlıoğlu noted that “Green Oasis” Garden meant to create a vision of what kind of a world people wanted to live in the future. He said:
“This gardens should exist for our children to be able to live a good life in the future. I want to thank all of you, all the colleagues form all over the world who contributed to this project. Thank to this collaboration, we both found the opportunity to showcase and promote our horticultural production and also gave them the opportunity to do the same.”
After speeches Secretary General Işık and Secretary General Briercliffe signed the protocol on handing over Green Oasis Garden. After signing ceremony Işık presented a silverwork plate to Briercliffe as a gift.
THE GARDEN TELLS THE IMPORTANCE OF GREEN SPACES
The Garden overlays on a 1045 square-meters space. It aims to convey a message about the importance of green spaces in a city and to make an incentive about creating more green spaces like these in harmony with nature. It includes 21 trees, fountains and other aquatic elements, a green roof, rain garden, pool, pathways, solar panel, sculptures, a table made out of plants and bug hotels.
The table which is arranged with fruit trees and edible plants inspires people to grow their own fruits and vegetables and encourage them for healthy outdoor activities.