The Entente Florale Europe ([ɑ̃.tɑ̃t flɔʁal ø.ʁɔp], "Flowery Alliance of Europe") 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 three categories:
- "Cities" (population over 30,000)
- "Town" (population of 5,000–30,000)
- "Village" (population of less than 5,000).
Entente Florale Europe is a competition for Towns and Villages. The competition name puns on the Entente Cordiale ("Friendly Understanding", 1904). 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 41 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 (European Association for Blooming and the Countryside), 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.
Who can Enter ?
The competition is open to all countries in the EU and in the EFTA subject to approval by the board of AEFP. There are three cathegories, every member country can put forward 2 entries from two different categories.
- Cities/Towns (population over 30,000)
- Towns (population between 5,000 and 30,000)
- Villages (population below 5,000)
How & When to Enter ?
- Applications are made by the national organisation in charge of the competition.
- New members are elected by the Board of Directors of the AEFP, by simple majority, at its twice yearly meetings (March & September).
- Notification of entrants from existing members should reach the Secretariat before December 31 of the year prior to adjudication.
Who organises the Competition?
Overall organisations is by the "Association Européenne du Fleurissement et du Paysage" (A.E.F.P.). AEFP is a non-profit organization, incorporated under Belgian Law(s). Each participant country has its own organisation and is entitled to membership on the Board of Directors of the AEFP. The competition has enjoyed the support of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) since its inception. In individual countries the competition is supported and organised by Ministries/Departments of Agriculture, Environment, Tourism as well as horticultural bodies and associations.
The Aim of the Competition
The overall aim of the competition is the improvement of the quality of life for local urban and village communities. To this end the competition fosters:
- The greening of towns and villages
- Flowers, shrubs, green spaces, parks
- Development which is environmentally and ecologically sensitive
- Educational and communication initiatives which promote environmental awareness.
Advantages of Joining
- Enhance the reputation of your town, village, country
- Facilitate contacts of a tourist, cultural nature
- Improve the appearance and fabric of your towns and villages
- Foster community spirit and enhance the quality of life
- Enable citizens to assume ownership of their local environment
Jury members in 2015
- Martin Wagner, Horticultural engineer; Vice-chair of the jury
- Johanna Renat, Spatial planner
- Rudi Geerardyn, Landscape architect & Town planner; Chair of the jury
Czech Republic (CZ)
- Inka Truxova, Landscape architect
- Petr Šiřina, Landscape architect
- Jaroslav Brzak, Landscape architect
- Dr. Rüdiger Kirsten, Landscape architect & Town planner; Vice-chair of the jury
- Hildegunde Franziska Henrich, Landscape architect & Town planner
- Dr. Andrea BOCSI, Tourism expert & Economist
- Dr. Ildikó Réka Báthoryné Nagy, Landscape architect
- Szilvia Halász Spanyárné, Landscape architect
- Eamonn De Stafort, Tourism consultant
- Dr. Christy Boylan, Horticulturist & Landscape architect
- Anna Furlani Pedoja, Landscape architect
- Jacopo Fontaneto, Agriculture and Green Journalist, Tourism consultant
- Mauro Paradisi, Municipal urban designer
- Nico Anthony Brink Landscape architect
- Marjolijn Ruijs, Landscape contractor
- Anton Schlaus, Architect & Consultant for energy efficient building
- Martina Schlaus, Architect & Conservator for Cultural Heritage
United Kingdom (UK)
- Peter Holman, Horticultural & Greenspace Consultant
- David Littlewood, Horticulturist
- Mark WASILEWSKI, Park Management
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 http://www.entente-florae.eu" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2012. External link in
- "premi per il verde" (in Italian). Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- "Sankt Veit an der Glan". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "St. Ives Gardens". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "CZ_Studenec_pdf" (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 !" (PDF). 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