This project takes several months of preparation before getting to work in Vatican City at Easter. All natural products and material, except for the grass pieces, are brought from The Netherlands.
Flower bulbs are grown, stored in cold storages and put back into greenhouses a few days before the trip to Rome to ensure simultaneous blooming. In Rome itself there is little time, so these meticulous preparations are necessary. The #bloemenvoordepaus (flowers for the pope) convoy leaves for Rome the Tuesday before Easter. The Bishop of Rotterdam traditionally blesses the flowers for ‘safe voyage’.
The transport is quite large as about 30 tons of plants and vegetation has to be sent to Rome, for instance bulb flowers, many single flowers, shrubs and even tall trees.