The Golden Age of Flower Power

When people think of the Netherlands and flowers, it's the tulip that comes to mind. But the rose is the Netherlands' number one flower. Some 6 million of them are sold every day at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction alone — that's three times as much as the next biggest seller, the tulip. "Roses are still the most wanted flower. They have the most emotion," says rose grower Wilbert Ammerlaan. "They're the biggest selling flower in the world."

Although some African countries, such as...

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