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World champion track athlete opens 9th Annual Dutch Lily Days

On June 4, the ‘world stage’ for lilies — Dutch Lily Days- — had the honor of being officially opened by a world champion. Lara van Ruijven, who was the first Dutch woman to win an individual world title for short track this winter, was the special guest during the opening ceremony. This year the opening ceremony was on June 4 in the test greenhouse of Onings Holland, Nieuwe Tuinen 1 in Honselersdijk.

lilydays3 This is the ninth time that breeders and exporters have joined forces for this four-day lily event. This year, it was held on June 4–7. Each year, one of the participants acts as host for the official launch. For Onings, Holland, it was a logical choice to ask Lara van Ruijven to be the special guest at the opening ceremony. Westland, the registered office of the export company, has frequently been in the news because of top sport performances.

Among these performances was undoubtedly the world title for the 500 meter that the 26-year-old native of Naaldwijk won in March this year. Ruijven became the first Dutch woman ever to win individual gold in this discipline. This achievement led to the naming of her ‘own’ lily, which was officially christened on June 4 during the opening ceremony of the Dutch Lily Days. The flowery display at Onings, Holland was the handiwork of students from MBO Westland, who are studying flowers & design. They demonstrated what striking possibilities are available by using lilies in bouquets and arrangements.

Double Orientals increasing in popularity

This year, the focus was shifted to the double Orientals. These lilies, easily recognizable with their double full flowers, are now available in increasing quantities and an expanding range of varieties after years of breeding and propagation. The double Orientals are expected to follow the success of the OT-hybrids with a rising trend in the market.

Fourteen participants

Fourteen companies around the country participated in Dutch Lily Days. This event for fellow professionals in the industry was held at P. Aker, Van den Bos Flowerbulbs, Bot Flowerbulbs, De Jong Lelies, Lily Company, Mak Breeding, Onings Holland, C. Steenvoorden, GAV’s Lilies, Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan, VWS Flowerbulbs, World Breeding, Zabo Plant and Royal van Zanten.