Join us this year as we embark on our first Virtual European Flower Tour! Experience what it is like to be on one of our in-person tours, but from the comfort of your own home. You will take flower arranging classes with European instructors, you will experience the joy and beauty of European spring flowers, and you will explore the rich culture of these two Northern European countries. Anyone who loves flowers will enjoy and learn from our tours.
Our Tour Itinerary, listed below, includes two full days of learning, exploring and visiting. Come tiptoe virtually through the tulips with us!
Day 1: Saturday, April 17th
✦ Floral Design Workshops Learn European design techniques not widely known in the U.S. Three workshops will be led by expert instructors who are well known in Belgium.
‣ Gudrun Cottenier
‣ Tom De Wilde
‣ Moniek Vanden Berghe
✦ Floraliën Flower Show See exquisite floral designs, floral art and installations, and learn about it's rich history from Pieter Toebaert, Director of Floraliën. This is a premiere floral event that takes place in Ghent only every 5 years.
✦ Belgian Flower Wholesaler Tour a wide array of beautiful blooms and varieties not seen in the U.S.
✦ Historical Tour of Ghent and the Ghent Altarpiece See the highlights of this wonderfully charming medieval city. You will learn about it's history, art and important cultural landmarks with a walking tour led by Ghent Authentic.
✦ Belgian Cuisine Explore the varied influences on Belgian food with a local expert. Belgian cuisine is so much more than waffles, beer and chocolate!
Day 2: Sunday, April 18th
✦ Floral Design Workshops Learn European design techniques not widely known in the U.S. Two workshops will be led by expert instructors who are well known in The Netherlands.
‣ Rob Plattel
‣ Joan Stam
✦ Dutch Flower Auction Tour the world-renowned flower auction at Aalsmeer, which is the world's largest floral marketplace where over 1 billion flowers are bought and sold each year.
✦ Keukenhof Gardens See over 7 million spring flowering bulbs on an insider's tour of the world famous garden open for only 8 weeks a year.
✦ Tulip Field Bicycle Tour Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Dutch tulips as our instructor Joan Stam takes us on a ride through the colorful fields.
✦ Art in Bloom Learn about the history of Northern Renaissance and Baroque Floral Still Life Paintings. Faith Flowers' very own Director of Marketing, Kristin Fabrizio, is also an art historian who specializes in floral paintings!
✦ Dutch Cuisine Learn about Dutch cuisine from a Haarlem chef and restaurant owner.
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