Aalsmeer, Where your Non-Local Flowers Fly From

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Above is the AWESOMENESS that is Aalsmeer, the worlds largest flower auction.

"The Aalsmeer Flower Auction building is the second-largest building by footprint in the world, covering 518,000 square metres (5,580,000 sq ft; 128 acres).Flowers from all over the world – EuropeEcuadorColombiaEthiopiaKenya, and other countries—are traded every day in this gigantic building. Around 20 million flowers are sold daily." -Wikipdeia

  Aalsmeer is located among the rows and rows of colorful flower fields that make up Holland on the west coast of The Netherlands.


Agritourism is huge, and tours are held twice a day. As a floral designer, I had some inside connections, and was lucky enough to snag a private tour from FleuraMetz. Oh boy, did we started early!

 FleuraMetz climate controlled truck lined up and ready for delivery.

FleuraMetz climate controlled truck lined up and ready for delivery.

The complex is so large that we had to take a 5 minuet car ride from the FloraMetz office to the auction floor.

Auuction Mover Floor

"The auction is set up as a Dutch auction in which the price starts high and works its way down. Bidders get only a few seconds to bid on the flowers before they are sold and passed on to the new owner." -Wikipedia

It was amazing to see all of the hundreds of varieties, and even some I had never seen before!

Thats me, 8 and a half month pregnant with Finnley!  Lots of people told me to stay home, but I knew I couldn't miss this amazing adventure!  Should you ever get a chance to take this tour, you won't be disappointed!

Ashley Aalsmeer

Next Week:  Locally Grown Flowers