One of the Valletta 2018 projects met with great enthusiasm is the Valletta Green Festival – a weekend-long event which transforms one of the largest open spaces in Valletta, Pjazza San Ġorġ with a huge floral carpet of some 80,000 potted plants. This year’s edition will be specially prepared to add to colour to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

A main attraction of last edition was the secret gardens at the Archbishop’s Palace and the cloistered monastery of St Catherine, which were open to the public for the first time in 400 years.

In addition, the past editions of the Valletta Green Festival saw Pjazza San Ġorġ filled with flowers with a massive floral installation of 400 square metres. The infioriata is created from seasonal flowers, packed tightly together, resulting in a colourful mixture of whites, pinks, purples, yellows and reds.

The project is a Valletta 2018 collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, The Environment and Climate Change; the Environmental Landscaping Consortium; the Parks Department, as part of the Tree 4 U (34U) campaign; and WasteServ Malta Ltd.