The Entente Florale is an international horticultural competition established to recognise municipalities and villages in Europe for excellence in horticultural displays. Trophies are presented annually by tourist boards and horticultural societies of European countries. There are two categories : "Towns/Cities" (population 10,001 and upwards), and "Villages" (population up to 10,000).
History and participation
Entente Florale Europe is a competition for Towns and Villages. Each participating Country puts forward a representative Town and Village. The Town and Village are visited by the Jury and an assessment is made. The competition was founded about 35 years ago, initially between Great Britain and France. At present there are twelve member countries and further applications are being processed.
In 1996, an international non profit association (Aisbl) was founded under the name of 'Association Européenne pour le Fleurissement et le Paysage', with the responsibility of the overall organisation of the competition and to obtain support from official bodies in the different countries. The AEFP is incorporated under the Belgian Law of 8 September 1997, and the Statutes were published in the Belgian Monitor on 8 September 1998. The amended articles, by Law of May 2, 2002 were published in the Belgian Monitor on April 28, 2006.
Since 1998 under the aegis of the 'Association Européenne pour le Fleurissement et le Paysage', the association and the competition Entente Florale Europe are open to all countries in the European Union as well as to the EFTA members countries (European Free Trade Association).
The competition has enjoyed the support of the International Association of Horticulture producers (AIPH) since its inception. In individual countries the competition is supported and organised by Ministries/Department of Agriculture, Tourism, as well as horticultural bodies and associations.
The President represents the association and is acting for 2 years. Each successive President shall be from a different country per alphabetic order.
- Martin Wagner, Landscape architect, Blumenbüro Österreich
- Johanna Renat, Sociologist, student for regional development and urban studies
- Rudi Geerardyn, landscape architect - town planner; Vice-chair of the jury
- Harold Grandjean, agriculture and horticulture engineer
- Vincent Gobbe, Agricultural and forest engineer
- Ana Petrina
Czech Republic (CZ)
- Inka Truxova, Landscape architect, CZ Landscape and Garden Society; Chair of the jury
- Petr Šiřina, Landscape architect, CZ Landscape and Garden Society
- Jaroslav Brzak, Landscape architect, CZ Landscape and Garden Society
- Max Martin, Professional of landscape, CNVVF
- Mathieu Battais, Master of Geography and Town planning, CNVVF
- Dr. Rüdiger Kirsten, landscape architect, Entente Florale Deutschland; Vice-chair of the jury
- Dr. Lutz Wetzlar, Village and Regional Planner, Entente Florale Deutschland
- Hildegunde Franziska Henrich, landscape architect, Entente Florale Deutschland
- Erika Pollak, Project coordinator, Entente Florale Hungary
- János Prutkay, Entente Florale Hungary, Ministry of National Development and Industry
- Szilvia Halász Spanyárné, landscape architect, Entente Florale Hungary
- Eamonn De Stafort, tourism consultant
- Anna Furlani Pedoja, landscape architect
- Jacopo Fontaneto, journalist
- Emanuela Borio, ecological and regional planner
- Mauro Paradisi
- Nico Anthony Brink landscape architect
- Marjolijn Ruijs, landscape contractor
- Anton Schlaus, B.Arch., Entente Florale Slovenija
- Martina Schlaus, M.Arch., Entente Florale Slovenija
United Kingdom (UK)
- * Peter Holman, Horticultural & Greenspace consultant
- * David Littlewood, Royal Horticultural Society
Note re UK representatives - 
- Note 1 - in some cases the overall winner from the UK is not named in "Britain in Bloom" by Graham Ashworth as an Entente Florale Representative (namely Bath in 1975 and Pateley Bridge in 1978).
- Note 2 - Luxembourg competed between years 1980 - 1988.
- Note 3 - Switzerland competed between years 1984 - 1986.
- Note 4 - Portugal competed in year 1991 and between years 1994 - 2000.
- Note 5 - Canada competed between years 1992 - 1993.
- Entente Florale Europe official site - Participation
- The names of UK representatives from 1975 to 1991 are taken from Britain in Bloom by Graham Ashworth (Graham Ashworth CBE, Britain in Bloom, page 90, The Tidy Britain Group (Wigan:1991)). Please note that Pateley Bridge in 1978 and Bath in 1975 won the competition yet are not listed by Ashworth as representatives.
- "Download CZ-Kyjov-Web.pdf Free download from www.entente-florae.eu". Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "premi per il verde" (in italian). Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- "Sankt Veit an der Glan". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "St. Ives Gardens" (in english). Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "CZ_Studenec_pdf". Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- "Aubigny sur Nère, le pays des Ecossais !" (in french). Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "About St Ives". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- "Nos jardiniers ont du talent !". Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- Sheffield City Council - Entente Florale
- Kilkenny City Entente Florale Website -Kilkenny is Ireland's 2006 Entry to the Entente Florale
Links of participating nations homepages
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom