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India: Local floriculture official arrested in corruption case

Vigilance sleuths have arrested Anil John, Deputy Secretary, Floriculture department for his alleged complicity in a corruption case.According to a Vigilance spokesman, Anil John has been involved in making several illegal appointments as Project Officer, Command Area Rural Development Agency (CARDA) Jammu,.....

The largest santini nursery in the world

The happy santinis are having a wonderful time in the 30 acre large nursery of Van Helvoort Chrysants. Marien Kuijntjes: “This is the largest santini nursery in the world, where a lot of effort is put in sustainable horticulture. Our MPS GAP certification means a lot to us.”He explains: “We keep an eye on.....

NL: Dümmen Orange and Lentiz Education Group offer Westland MBO students internship in Africa

Dümmen Orange is offering three Business & Management students from Lentiz Education Group MBO (Senior Secondary Vocational Education) Westland a unique internship opportunity in Ethiopia and Kenya. Dümmen Orange has branches all over the world and is offering the three students a chance to find out more.....

Marco Heijnen:

Floricultura to establish new greenhouse facility in Holambra, Brazil

Floricultura is going to build a new production facility in Holambra, Brazil. Initially the greenhouse will measure 3000 square meters, with the possibility of future extensions. In the greenhouse, young phalaenopsis plants will be propagated and from there distributed to customers throughout the country......

US: FleuraMetz Dallas welcomes Texan florists as of May 1st 2017

As of May 1st, FleuraMetz will be expanding its services to Texas led by seasoned Branch Manager, Judy Burton. The new branch will be operating from the upscale Design District in Dallas and welcomes all florists from the Lone Star State to their new, state of the art Cash & Carry. This hub also.....

US: Applications available for Therapeutic Garden Grants

In 2017, National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America are partnering to provide $5,000 in grant money to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic.....

Austraulian online flower seller placed in administration

According The West Australian, a Perth-founded online flower seller faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in payment claims from florists across Australia and overseas. The company, Ready Flowers, has been put into administration.It's not the first time the company is in unfavorable light. Over the past.....

Kenya: Primarosa Flowers moves to Nyahururu as water dries up

Primarosa Flower Limited has moved all its operations to its Nyahururu firm even as it projects a 20 percent growth year on year.According to the company’s Chief Executive, Virag Joshi, the move has been influenced by the recent drought situation that has seen the company suffer from acute water shortage,.....

Netherlands: CBI appoints new Managing Director

CBI is pleased to announce that Hans Obdeijn has been named its new Managing Director, starting April 15th, 2017. He will replace Max Timmerman, who has been the head of CBI for the past three years.Obdeijn brings a wealth of experience and skills in the fields of management, strategy, policy, and.....

US (NC): Bayer Bee Care Center celebrates 10,000 visitors

It's not just the beehives at the Bayer Bee Care Center that are buzzing with activity today. The Center celebrates the more than 10,000 visitors who have passed through its doors in just three years. The Center recognized a group of 75 fourth-graders and their teachers from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh,.....

SAF leader appointed to USDA advisory committee

A longtime volunteer leader with the Society of American Florists has been named to an influential committee that provides insight and advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Dr. Marvin Miller, AAF, of Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois, recently was named to the National Agricultural.....

Ralf Koedijker, Glastuinbouwshop:

New crop protection supplier enters Dutch market

With the Glastuinbouwshop, the Dutch market has one more new supplier of crop protection products. The company was founded by Klaas Lusthof, who, from his experience with biocide and material protection products at wholesalerQ-chem, discovered that his suppliers also had products available that were suitable.....

US: Monsanto surpasses pollinator habitat goal

Monsanto announced that it has reached key milestones in protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes, two major components of its biodiversity strategy.In fiscal year 2016, Monsanto established 72 habitats at company sites across the U.S. for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. The company.....

UK: Thompson & Morgan commits to retailers after takeover

Following the recent purchase of Thompson & Morgan by multi-channel retailer, BVG, the horticultural firm is reinforcing its commitment to the many retail outlets that stock its seeds and other products.Chief executive, Iain Burgess, said, “BVG is a truly multi-channel retailer and 33% of our business is.....

London boutique starts own delivery

Neill Strain introduces his new online ordering service designed for clients to purchase his new Collections of spring flowers including a selection of bouquets and arrangements for the upcoming International Women's Day, Mother's Day, Persian New Year and Arab Mother's Day, all in the month of March. With.....

New Zealand: United Flower Growers acquires FloraMax flower auction

As of 31 March 2017 Turners and Growers Fresh Limited will formally sell its Auckland and Christchurch flower auction business, FloraMax, to United Flower Growers Ltd. (UFG).UFG is a joint venture owned by United Flower Auction Limited and Market Gardeners Limited (trading as MG Marketing - a co-operative.....

NL: Hydrangea grower Dijk van Dijk celebrates ‘Master Grower Status'

Last Friday there was a big party at the Dutch Hydrangea grower Dijk van Dijk. The occasion was the launch of the new corporate identity, presentation of three new masterpieces as well as a sneak preview of a very special novelty.Team Dijk van Dijk (Photo credits: Marco Zwinkels)Robin van Dijk the face of.....

24 March, 3pm

NL: Official opening Diamond Flowers

On Friday, March 24 at 3.00 p.m., Diamond Flowers in Zuilichem will be opened for invitees. This act will be performed by Mrs. Conny Bieze, representative for Mobility, Logistics and Economics.This project, a chrysanthemum nursery of 12 ha at the Zuilichem, The Netherlands, is the result of a close.....

Kenya Airways CEO to stay beyond March exit date

Outgoing Kenya Airways chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze is set to stay in office beyond the initially announced exit date of end of March to allow the national carrier more time to search for a new boss.The airline’s chairman Michael Joseph said the selection committee charged with hiring a new CEO has.....

UK: Dobbies appoints Nicholas Marshall as CEO

Dobbies Garden Centres has announced that Nicholas Marshall is joining as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.Nicholas has over 30 years' experience in the Garden Centre sector. He founded and built two garden centre chains, Country Gardens PLC, which was sold for over £120m and Country Homes and.....

The Grower’s House

NL: Construction expansion Waterdrinker takes off

The entirety will become a mere 30,000 square meters in size. Last Friday, the start of the construction of the Green Trade Center was celebrated in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. This Center, GTC and also called the Grower’s House, concerns an extension of the existing facilities and is realized in close.....

25 years of plant innovation at Tesselaar

In horticulture, great business moments are rare and usually involve plenty of hard work. But that’s exactly what happened to Anthony Tesselaar twenty five years ago. Groundcover roseWhile busy working in the family horticultural company in Australia, he was introduced to a new and distinctively different.....

US: Costa Farms acquires foliage company Delray Plants

Costa Farms announced the acquisition of Delray Plants. Founded in 1968 by Jake Koornneef, the Koornneef and Gilde families and the Delray team have built a rich legacy. Delray Plants recently was recognized as the 14th largest grower in the United States.Jose Smith, CEO of Costa Farms, says the acquisition.....

NL: Amigo Plant nominated for Agricultural Entrepreneur of the Year

The final five contenders for the title 'Agricultural Entrepreneur of the Year 2017' were announced on March 1st. Among them is one horticultural company, the succulent nursery Amigo Plant from Heerhugowaard, the Netherlands.Gerard and Miranda van Langen and Koen BeemsterboerAmigo Plant grows and trades in.....

ElectroMecaniQue:

Local Vineland motor shop benefits from growth in Canadian greenhouse industry

The growth of the Canadian greenhouse industry is good for all sorts of businesses. Also for small businesses like the electric motor shop of Daniel Gagnon in Vineland, Ontario. "The greenhouse industry has brought us much work, it is our bread and butter." The team of ElectroMecaniQue in front of their.....

NL: Javo breaks ground on new site

Jano Holding, the parent company of Nobels Machinefabriek, Javo, Agro Techniek Holland and Javo International, broke ground on its new, state-of-the-art factory and sales office on March 3, 2017. The 3.7 hectare (9 acre) site includes manufacturing space of more than 13,500 m2 (145,300 ft2) and total office,.....

CAN (BC): New Regional Extension Coordinator at FCG

Flowers Canada Growers announces that Laura Bryce has accepted a position as a Regional Extension Coordinator for British Columbia. In this role Laura will be managing a biocontrol project intended to increase adoption and technical comprehension of biological control agents in greenhouse floriculture.Laura.....

UK: Garden centre e-commerce platform for sale

An opportunity has arisen to purchase the website platform of W Crowder & Sons Ltd. Since the sale of Crowders Garden Centre in 2016, the company has decided to focus on its core wholesale nursery businesses and is therefore offering their award nominated website for sale.Built by a specialist contractor.....

Dümmen Orange to distribute for Jan Spek Rozen

The partnership between Olij Breeding BV and Jan Spek Rozen was recently extended with the signing of a new contract. Following the integration of Olij Breeding BV into Dümmen Orange, this expands the two companies’ collaboration into even more areas of expertise.Under the new contract, Dümmen Orange is now.....

Robin van Dijk, Nursery Dijk van Dijk about WPS system:

"It makes our organisation manageable and efficient"

Dijk van Dijk Hydrangea and garden plant nursery recently invested in a SmartFlo and delivery system for transporting, cleaning, sorting and delivering hydrangeas. Robin van Dijk worked with WPS to create an effective system with the aim of optimising operations in the nursery and achieving cost and.....

Hofland Flowering Plants

NL: New corporate identity for Hofland Flowering Plants nursery

After 36 years Hofland nursery has given itself a new corporate identity. "With a modern look and a name that can be used internationally, we want to adapt to the present times", says Annemiek Hofland. The new name is Hofland Flowering Plants.From left to right: Frank Hofland (5th generation), Frans Hofland.....

US: $100,000 for AFE floriculture programs

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announces a $100,000 contribution from Egon and Laina Molbak to support AFE's floriculture programs. Egon and Laina Molbak at their 90th birthday celebration"I am thrilled to continue supporting the American Floral Endowment with this latest contribution," said Egon."We.....

Brazil: VMP certificate for MasterPlanti

On February 24 Brazilian MasterPlanti is the first in Brazil which obtained a Floricode certificate of conformity for the implementation of the VMP standards.The Cooperativa Veiling Holambra - also user of the Floricode standards - responded enthusiastically: "Very good news! This is an important step in the.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries' Transplant Division celebrates 30 years

Staff at Wyevale Nurseries’ Transplant Division recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the company’s opening. A celebration was held to mark the occasion with special cakes and attendees included Steve Ashworth, Director at Wyevale Nurseries and Ray Jenkins, Production Director Transplant Division.(From.....

Dutch carnation growers Martin Zwinkels, Nieuwland merge as Divine Flowers

As of April 6, 2017 Carnation Nursery Martin Zwinkels and Carnation Nursery Nieuwland will join forces under the name Divine Flowers. Focus for this cooperation is combined sales, both by auction well as in day trading.Dianthus is the Latin name for carnation. The name Dianthus comes from the words Dios.....

Altman Plants purchases EuroAmerican inventory, in escrow on property

The Vista, California-based wholesale nursery Altman Plants has purchased plant inventory from the property of EuroAmerican Propagators, a young plant and retail-ready producer that filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection at the end of January. The $200,000 cash sale, which also includes pots, trays and.....

"Demand grows radically in run-up to Women’s Day"

Russia: DIXY convenience store chain to offer flowers and plants

As we approach the International Women’s Day, the Russian DIXY convenience store chain is going to offer fresh tulips. Moreover, since mid-February the chain enriched its assortment with 6 articles of flowering potted plants – orchids, violets, kalanchoe, etc. – supplied by a Moscow Region manufacturer,.....

Shine Wax Farm

New wax farm established in Israeli Arava Desert

Shine Wax Farm is a new wax farm established by two young farmers in the Arava region in Israel. This area is considered unfit for growing wax because of extreme hot weather during the summer months and poor water quality, but these entrepreneurs succeeded to grow a product with large buds, big flowers and.....

Premier Tech Horticulture opens new US facility

Premier Tech Horticulture announces the opening of a new production facility located in Mattaponi, Virginia.This facility now produces new PRO-MIX bark-based growing media products for both professional growers and retail markets.For commercial greenhouses and nursery growers, we offer a choice of three.....

US (TN): Dreisbach Wholesale Florists opens in Nashville

Established in 1911, Dreisbach Wholesale Florists, Inc. is a full-service wholesale floral distributor offering an extensive product line including domestic and internationally sourced fresh cut flowers, greenery, potted plants and hard good items.They have grown to become one of the most prominent wholesale.....

US: Supreme Court won't review online florist sales tax

An online florist’s sales tax challenge won’t ripen at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the company’s attorneys urged justices to reshape sales tax law for the e-commerce age.American Business USA Corp., which has its headquarters in Florida, argued that the state Department of Revenue couldn’t require sales.....

HOSA International launches platform for wholesalers

The floral industry is changing for wholesalers, who need more convenience, flexibility, and sourcing options. Reacting to that demand, HOSA International, an independent grower, importer, and distributor of fresh-cut flowers, recently relaunched their website, giving wholesalers the opportunity to browse.....

US: Complying with the revised Worker Protection Standard

In 2015, EPA revised the Agricultural WPS originally enacted in 1992 to increase protections and reduce risks for agricultural employees and their families exposed to pesticides on farms, in forests, greenhouses and nurseries. This brief introduction will help determine if you fall under the revised WPS.....

Aqua-Hort announces new agent for Holland and Belgium

Aqua-Hort is proud to announce that Ron van der Hoeven of VDH Water Systemen has been appointed as a new representative in The Netherlands and Belgium. Effective immediately, Ron van der Hoevenwill serve as the new contact person for installation and service of Aqua-Hort in Holland and Belgium. Aksel de.....

US: McHutchison announces new leadership structure

McHutchison Corporation announced a new structure across its operating units, McHutchison Horticultural Distributors and Vaughan’s Horticulture.“Today’s announcement outlines important enhancements to our operating structure across our two divisions that will better support our evolving businesses and.....

US: Horticultural Research Institute recognizes leaders, donors

The Horticultural Research Institute announced the recognition of volunteer leaders and recent donors as it enters its 55th year of service to the green industry.Officers for 2017 are President Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Inc. (Fresno, CA); Immediate Past President Karl Losely, Herman Losely & Son,.....

Saudi Arabia: New 55,000 sqm young plant nursery for Al Bustan

In Saudi Arabia, Prins Group and their partner Stolze are building a project for Al Bustan Nurseries. The client is one of the leading companies in the production of all vegetable plants and bedding plants in Saudi Arabia. These products are completely grown with the use of Dutch techniques and comply.....

AFE highlights industry efforts in annual report

AFE has released its annual report detailing program successes and funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.Thirteen new research projects were funded and more than $135,000 was awarded through scholarships, grants and internships. In addition, several new videos were created to highlight how Endowment programs.....

Harry Rooijakkers, Blooming Innovations

The rise of the Kenyan delphinium

"The market for delphiniums is not saturated yet", says Harry Rooijakkers of Blooming Innovations. Together with his companion Bert Louwerse he grows hydrangeas and delphiniums in Gilgil, Kenya and decided to double the delphinium production in 2016. In December, they harvested their first flowers. Now, a.....

A look behind the scenes at Continental Flowers

VIDEO The majority of the flowers consumed in the USA come from Ecuador and Colombia and are imported and distributed by companies like Continental Flowers. This company imports and distributes the cut flowers that they grow at several farms in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia. All flowers are imported into the Miami.....