Seeding a new life to an ancient tradition


Warsaw in Flowers is a competition aiming to enhance the city’s aesthetic and to expand green areas. It is an old tradition that started in 1935 but was then stopped for more than 30 years. Its rebirth took place in the 1970s as a grass-roots initiative by the Friends of Warsaw Society. However, the number of participants slowly declined to about 200 in 2013, mostly elderly people. In parallel, various ecological initiatives became more and more popular among young people in Warsaw, such as “green guerrillas”, urban gardening, city farming and city beehives.

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