Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day Five: April 16, 2011

Rob Plattel led us on a jam packed day in the flower world of Amsterdam. We were up and on the bus at 5:45 a.m. for a tour of the Alsmeer Flower Auction. We were amazed by the technology behind the auction process all geared to getting the flowers on the 11:00 a.m. KLM flight to New York.

Rob took us to the wholesaler adjacent to the auctions. I could not get over the size and quality of the calla lilies and delphinium. Victoria was enchanted with the roots and all kinds of natural materials.
We then headed to Hortus Botanica,
one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. We had lunch at DeKas, a farm to table restaurant in a greenhouse and nursery.

Rob took a group of us on a tour of his favorite flower shops in Amsterdam. Buying flowers is a regular part of life in Amsterdam. We enjoyed the lush bouquets that locals stop by to bring home or take as gifts. The shop displays had incredible flowers and incorporated interesting natural materials.

Many of the ladies went to the Van Gogh museum in the evening and enjoyed strolling around the city.


  1. How exciting! I hope to visit the flower auction in Amsterdam soon.

  2. I have visited the flower auction in Amsterdam. It's realy makes me to enjoy the nature beauty. wholesale flowers