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Every morning, the Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer, or Aalsmeer flower auction, takes place in nearby Aalsmeer, 10 km south of Amsterdam. The fast-paced auction gives tourists an introduction to the global flower market, as 19 million flowers get bought and sold daily, before being shipped worldwide. Try picking up some sample seeds or bulbs at the market for a cheapo souvenir.
The Aalsmeer Flower Auction
The Floating Flower Market, or Bloemenmarkt, is in full bloom every day along the Singel canal. The market, held in barges floating along the Singel, is the place to find thousands of seed packets, bulbs, and cut (and dried) flowers for mere euros.
Daily between Koninsplein and Heiligeweg. Monday through Saturday, 9 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM.
(Please note: US Customs doesn’t want American tourists bringing home just any old bulb or seed, of course. The agency carefully regulates what agricultural items it allows back into the States. When seed shopping, make sure you choose items labeled as “cleared for US Customs.” See comments below for more information.)
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
Driekolommenplein 1. Open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The best time to go is between 7:30 AM and 9 AM.
In the selection of flower seeds, we pay attention that the flowers are suitable for bees in a built environment. Perfect to use in a city garden, with a balcony or a roof terrace. Do you have a (large) garden? No problem! Every garden has a bare piece of wall or fence that can be cheered up. Not all seeds germinate in the same period – for that reason, the BEEseedzz selection varies throughout the year.
BEEseedzz are seeds which grow flowers that are good for bees. The flower seeds – like these Marigold, Poppy, Cornflower seeds – are specially selected for (solitary) bees. Each bag of BEEseedzz is a complete set including seeds, a coconut soil brick, and natural fertilizer. The pressed garden soil is after adding water good to the 1-litre soil. The BEEseedzz set is ready to be used in a flowerpot of that size.
Pollinators like bees are under threat due to pesticides, climate change, diseases and habitat loss. BEEseedzz, like these Marigold, Poppy, Cornflower seeds grow flowers that are good for bees. Each bag of BEEseedzz is a complete set including seeds, a coconut soil brick, and natural fertilizer. Ready to use in a one-litre flowerpot.
Most plants rely on bees and other natural pollinators to produce some of nature’s most nutritious and beloved foods. But pollinators, a diverse group that includes insects and animals such as birds and bats, are under threat because of widespread pesticide use, climate change, the emergence of foreign pests, diseases and habitat loss. Also as a consumer, you can play a significant role in their survival, by improving the habitat of bees. That is where the BEEseedzz come in.
is committed to stopping the disappearance of bees types. We Love BEEing offers products which are made from natural raw materials, recycled materials and flower seeds. This will put you on to a vertical garden on balcony (roof) terrace or in the garden. Let’s team up to save the bees!
Marianne de Gro0t-Pons has found a way to create sustainable masks that actually help the environment, rather than harming it. Marianne lives in Utrecht and she was sick of seeing ‘blue disposable masks, thrown on the streets and sidewalks’. So, she decided to take action and developed a mask that is 100% biodegradable. Moreover, these masks contain flower seeds, so that once they have been used they can be buried and flourish into flowers as the rice paper degrades into the earth.
Flowers are a lifeline for bees, and sadly we have seen a decline in bee populations worldwide in recent years. Bees have an important environmental role, pollinating plants as they pass from one flower to another. In short, we as humans need bees, and this is why Amsterdam has been taking action over the past few years to increase bee populations, creating wildflower areas purposefully in the city. This lead to a 45% increase in honeybee populations in Amsterdam since 2000, making it one of the only places in the world where honeybee populations are not in decline. Fantastic, right?
Since the pandemic people have gotten sick of seeing discarded masks strewn around our cities, knowing that they will end up in a landfill or in the ocean. However, one Dutch woman is proving that things don’t have to be this way – masks do not need to end up as non-recyclable litter, we can make biodegradable masks! [Photos: Marie Bee Bloom/Facebook]
So, if you’d like to invest in some biodegradable flower seed masks, you can visit the Marie Bee Bloom website and start shopping. These masks give the same protection as homemade fabric masks and they are produced right here in the Netherlands, meaning that they won’t have far to travel before they arrive at your door.