Monaco’s The Exotic garden won eight awards at the 12th Euroflora International Flower Show, and seven of them for first place. These achievements are nothing short of impressive, especially as more than 100 competitors entered this year’s show.

Euroflora offered the Exotic garden an excellent opportunity to showcase its unique plants, even though it is closed to the public during the renovation period. The garden presented a total of 26 plants, and the gardeners took a whole month to prepare for this important event. All the pieces were placed in special frames made of environmentally friendly materials to avoid damage. The same method used to transport the plants from the Saint-Martin gardens to the Exotic Garden under Prince Albert I. The Princess of Monaco rose takes pride of place, a variety that was bred in honour of Princess Grace.

Princess of Monaco rose

 By the way, Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace were both present at the opening of the very first Euroflora flower show, in the Italian city of Genoa. That was in 1966. Since then, the exhibition has been held every five years, invariably becoming a colourful feast of natural beauty and creativity, where florists, gardeners, florists, Italian and foreign landscape designers demonstrate their creativity and skills. More than 6,300 competitions have been held during the event.

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