Columbus hosted a big international party 25 years ago to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas.

In honor of the anniversary of the opening, here are 10 things you should know about AmeriFlora '92.

1. AmeriFlora '92 was a $95 million event held from April to October at Franklin Park off East Broad Street. The horticultural exposition featured exhibits from nearly 20 nations, restaurants, pubs, international shopping, theaters, an antique carousel, entertainment, and gardens.

2. As the first international flower show held in the US, it brought global attention to Columbus — the largest city in the world named for the explorer.

3. Festivities at the park during the event created an atmosphere similar to an EPCOT Center or a World's Fair in the heart of the city. One of the top draws was an Old World Rose Garden with 130 varieties, including the official Barbara Bush Rose.

4. A year before, a massive Belgian floral carpet "rolled out" on the Ohio Statehouse lawn to build anticipation. Huntington National Bank sponsored the $50,000 carpet display, which ran for three days.

5. This floral carpet was the first one ever assembled in North America and was put together, blossom by blossom, by Belgian floral technicians and volunteers, including Huntington employees. The flowers were plucked from tuberous begonias at 15 nurseries in Belgium, then loaded onto a refrigerated plane and shipped to Chicago. From there, they came to Columbus in a refrigerated truck.

6. President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush attended AmeriFlora's opening ceremony, along with entertainer Bob Hope, Ohio Gov. George V. Voinovich and Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka. Performing on opening day were the Ohio State University Marching Band, the Air Force Reserve Bagpipes Band, the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Band, the AmeriFlora Gospel Choir, AmeriFlora Discovery Dancers and Otterbein Kinderchor.

7. The expo attracted about 2.2 million visitors during its run. While it fell short of attendance projections of 4 million, its legacy included an enhanced, expanded Franklin Park Conservatory that re-opened to the public the next year. (To prepare, the conservatory had closed for two years as part of a $12 million renovation.)  Along with other 1992 activities, AmeriFlora and spinoff benefits pumped $562 million into Greater Columbus' economy.

8. The permanent NaviStar '92 sculpture, by Bexley artist Stephen Canneto, was created for AmeriFlora and was designed to represent the sails of Christopher Columbus' Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.

9. A time capsule placed inside NavStar is set to be opened in 2092. Among the artifacts included are 26 pages of The Dispatch, a bow tie and other items from Ohio State University and a letter from Dana G. "Buck" Rinehart, mayor in 1991, entitled "Greetings From a Dead Mayor."

10. AmeriFlora's 88 acres filled a space even larger than Disneyland's space in California, which is 85 acres.