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Terri Bates, Capital Caladiums Company

The pros of pre-finished caladiums

With a third generation in the company, the Bates family knows everything about caladium. In 1946, Emmet Bates started by planting a 5 gallon bucket of mixed caladium varieties, and the company has grown over the years. Now they grow 100 acres of caladium bulbs. In addition to caladium bulb production…

Anton Aarse:

“Products sell better with good photos”

A professional photography studio is not essential in order to take good product photos, but it can be useful, according to Anton Aarse from lisianthus nursery Floralis in Honselersdijk. Anton runs the business with his brother, Jan Willem. Their parents founded the business in 1966 and they still lend a helping…

US: Shinoda Foundation awards $20,000 in horticulture scholarships

The Shinoda Foundation has awarded twelve scholarships to horticulture students from across the country. “The Shinoda Foundation was created to help secure the future not only of horticulture, but of aspiring young growers, researchers, breeders, retailers and more,” says Bob Otsuka, president. “Fortunately, awarding these…

Turkey: Fluctuation in Turkish currency cut down 30 % of the profit margin of exporting growers

The growers in Antalya, the most important production region in Turkey for cut flowers, have not upped their price despite the increase of costs of their many production items…

Da!Rosa

This potted rose grower wants to become Russia's biggest

“Customers like to have more varieties from one company so that they only have to deal with a few suppliers”, says Denis Kolpakov of Da!Rosa. This Russian grower of potted roses grows several Kordana varieties (a variety of German rose breeder Kordes Roses) and is expanding their range. Their ambition is…

UK: Garden presenter visits Howard Nurseries

Ellen Mary, a British garden presenter, recently paid a visit to Howard Nurseries. In the resulting video, Christine of Howard Nurseries tells more about the grower. The video also features some cool drone footage by Shaun Lawson. Check it out below: For more information Howard Nurseries www.howardnurseries.co.uk

US: Nurseries lick wounds after Hurricane Michael

The Georgia Green Industry Association is in contact with many growers in the southern half of Georgia who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Damage ranges from overturned nursery stock to severe loss of both structures and crops. This photo from Greenbrier Nurseries illustrates the damage Hurricane Michael has…

CAN (QC): Growers launch marketing push for local flowers

More and more Quebecers are taking an interest in where their food comes from and where their money is going. They want good food, ideally from a local farmer. And they want that food to be ethically and sustainably grown. Quebec farmers like Simon White believe the time is right for a similar movement in flowers.…

Australia: Growing demand for sustainable flowers

Demand for sustainably grown flowers is on the rise thanks to a greater awareness of the effects chemicals and long-haul transport can have on the environment. And flower grower and florist Lindsey Brown says thinking local is a good start when trying to buy environmentally friendly bouquets. "The same people who are interested in…

Valeria Lobato Jarrín, Florpaxi:

Supplying Ecuadorian roses to a challenging market

“China is such an interesting market for us, because it has a large, growing population and economic power”, says Valeria Lobato Jarrín of Florpaxi, an Ecuadorian rose farm. “It is a market that is still relatively new for Ecuadorian roses and trading with this country offers us an opportunity to expand…

Tuinbouw Jongeren Oostland on a business trip

Discovering horticulture in Portugal with 29 Dutch students

Recently, Tuinbouw Jongeren Oostland (TJO) visited Wageningen with 29 young horticulturists, accompanied by Stefan Hendriks and fellow board members Tijmen van den Bosch and Leon van Mil. In Portugal, perhaps not the most obvious destination for greenhouse growers, there are a number of active Dutch…

Royal Lemkes on sustainable awareness

Natural materials, own energy storage, electric bikes - Royal Lemkes clearly has a very green heart. Even the coffee cups are recycled into toilet paper. As FSI accelerator, Royal Lemkes is dedicated to making the chain more sustainable. Royal FloraHolland discussed this with Elise Wieringa, Manager…

UK: 6 pack award winner for Bransford Webbs

Thomas Everard, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, has won a place on the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference, taking place this year in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Thomas, 19, an apprentice at Bransford Webbs, who has ownership of his own area on the nursery, impressed the judging panel with…

New Zealand: Grower exports 90% of the Cymbidium Orchids they grow

Martin Nieuwenhuijsen is grower manager at one of Ruby Orchids Ltd properties. Dick Oostdam, the owner of Ruby Nurseries, has several growing sites situated in Drury and Ramarama in South Auckland, New Zealand. Martin oversees a site in Drury which covers over 1.2 hectares growing entirely cymbidium…

Australia: Orchid love affair sees couple to half a century of marriage

Passionate orchid growers John and Sharyn Frisch spent their half-century wedding anniversary competing at the Rockhampton Orchid Society's biannual show over the weekend. The Rockhampton couple married in 1968 and have spent the years raising two children, travelling the world together and fuelling their passion for…

Colombia: Turflor expands with 20 ha

The last few months were exciting for Colombian carnation grower Turflor. They are expanding their production area with 20 hectares (from 35 to 55). The construction work started last year and they expect to have all greenhouses finished at the end of 2018. Mauricio Briceño at the FlowersExpo 2018 in…

Colombia: Hydrangea farm reunites mother and daughter

Maria Eugenia Gomez and her daughter Catalina Arango are reunited because the universe wanted it that way. This is what Mariu firmly believes (as all those named Maria Eugenia are called Mariu with affection). A woman who becomes a widow in 1995 and four years later, begins a hobby that ends up forming the company…

Europe's largest greenhouse vineyard

From rose greenhouse to vineyard under glass

On Friday 28 September, Europe's largest greenhouse vineyard could be admired on television. In Dutch TV program BinnensteBuiten, chef Leon Mazairac and sommelier Lendl Mijnhijmer visited Egchel in Limburg, where a former rose nursery of 1.5 hectares was turned into a vineyard in 2015. Winemaker Joep van…

Video: Year-round phalaenopsis in Ontario greenhouse

Hoogendoorn visited their customer CosMic Plants in Ontario, Canada. Cosmic Plants is a greenhouse operation where Phalaenopsis Orchids are grown all year round. Check out the video below for a peek inside this growth operation. For more information: Hoogendoorn Growth Management T: +31 (0)10 460 80 80 info@hoogendoorn.nl www.hoogendoorn.nl

Australia: Queensland flower business for sale

From just over half an hour outside the Brisbane CBD to the state’s far north, these properties have been successfully making a living from their on-site businesses. Now you can too. These surprisingly self sufficient Queensland green homes peddle petals to pay their mortgages, come with their own igloos and a…

Richard Sonnabend, Malima:

Bringing more open flowering gypsophilas to the market

For many markets, it is something new and unusual, but Ecuadorian farm Malima has been doing it for 28 years and its customers throughout the world are pleased with the results. This farm is almost exclusively dedicated to gypsophilas and produce them outdoors in Cuenca – 500 km South of Quito – on 20…

Ecuador: Sisapamba and Divine Flowers hold special event for their clients

Sisapamba and her sister company Divine Flowers for Life (preserved flowers) held a special event for their clients on Friday September 21. It was the last day of the ExpoFlor 2018, where this Ecuadorian farm exhibited for three days.  At the end of the show, they organized two chiva buses where they took their clients around…

Kenya: Oserian responds to criticism

"We were in shock and dismayed by a story published in the Saturday Standard of September 22, titled ‘Blooms of Death; Flowers rake billions at the cost of poor workers’ lives’ with a sidebar titled ‘Doctors warned me against going back to the flower farm’", writes Mary Kinyua, Director, Human Resources…

Kenya: Farm invests 180,000 USD in water

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has called on local companies to adopt modern water technology. Speaking when he launched a Sh18 million [180,000 USD] water filtering plant at Molo River Roses in Rongai, Nakuru County, yesterday, the senator said the multi-million shilling investment that uses Israeli water technology was…

Ecuador: Magic Flowers saves species from the jungle

The beautiful, exotic flowers of the South American rainforest are under threat. More and more rainforest is being destroyed. Nursery Magic Flowers has since 1990 saved various kinds from endangered areas and cultivated them at their eco-friendly garden, near the Ecuadorian coast. Each year a piece of rainforest the size of the…

CGC Bus Tour: challenges for Canadian enterprises in a good market

Due to the switch being made by its competitors to cannabis and the gap occurring in the market, the team of plant nursery Waldan Gardens has decided to expand its company faster than originally planned. It's one example on how the cannabis industry affects the whole horticultural industry at the moment.…

US: PPA names 2018 Special Award recipients

The Perennial Plant Association has announced the recipients of the 2018 Special Awards. Seven distinguished leaders of the perennial industry were nominated by their peers…

Rosaprima:

A visit to Ecuador's largest rose farm

At Rosaprima, the largest rose farm in Ecuador, they grow 150 varieties on 136 ha in four farms. They are continuously investing in improving their crop by using new technologies, methods to reduce their environmental impact and providing the best work and social conditions for their employees. Last…

Central theme: Sustainability

Nominations announced for 2018 Dutch Flower Awards

Dutch Flower Group (DFG) has this year again nominated nine growers for the 2018 Dutch Flower Awards. This means it’s now the 17th time that DFG is putting its chain partners in the spotlight at the Dutch Flower Awards. The awards will be presented in the following categories: Cut Flowers, Plants, and…

The brothers with 100 million blooms

To deliver their ‘Blooming Joy’ brand of flowers to customers more sustainably, brothers Jarno and Dieter Baas are constantly improving their greenhouse growing processes and considering their environmental impact. Some Europeans buy flowers as often as eggs and milk. Others buy potted or garden plants with the change of the…

Kenya: Oserian Flowers wins innovation, inclusivity, workplace awards

Oserian Development Company has been awarded in three categories of the 2018 Federation of Kenya Employers awards, emerging as the only winner in the horticulture industry. The win in the innovation and productivity, responsible business conduct and inclusivity and diversity categories, rubberstamps the farm’s  commitment…

The new concept launched by LiPa Piantine at the Sana fair

Organic edible flowers in pots: maximized freshness at one's fingertips

The concept is to offer not only edible flowers and edible organic products, but also an entire plant that will reproduce itself if handled with appropriate care. This will maximize the plant's freshness at the time of harvest, without the need of further packaging. The concept of organic edible flowers…

Russia: “Netherlands of the Urals” harvests 15,000 flowers a day

Russian grower Dolina Roz cultivates 10 Dutch rose varieties of red, white, yellow and orange colors. The flower grower harvests up to 15,000 pieces a day, and employs 60 people. “We have non-stop production”, says chief agronomist Sergey Stroginov, “irrespective of the season, day of the week or holidays. Every morning…

A celebration of carnation history

As much as it is nice to read about expanding companies and new varieties - it is also nice to take a look at history from time to time. For example this video from 1966, published by British Pathé. It shows the process from growing to packing in a carnation farm in West Sussex, United Kingdom.   There was no lack of…

US (FL): Professor helps autism spectrum adults earn horticulture certification

As a University of Florida plant scientist who spent most of his career doing experiments in a lab, Charlie Guy didn’t have a chance to consider how gardening could help improve people’s wellbeing. But today, he’s seen how working with plants can help people see themselves and their futures in a new light. Over the…

Hamifleurs visit

Green growers in Guatemala and Costa Rica

He drove a jeep across the farm located on the steep slope of a volcano. ‘It was quite something to see how they grow, harvest and pack leatherleaf ferns, for example’. Hamifleurs product specialist, John, is responsible for their Green category. Together with Green Connect, he travelled to Costa Rica…

Ecuador: Rose grower organizes day trip for orphans

Four Seasons Quality has been one of the main sponsors of the Orphanage “San Vicente de Paul” through its Foundation “Orphanage Ecuador”. Thanks to this initiative promoted by Four Seasons Quality’s director Huib Van Veen and the support of the company’s business partners, hundreds of children in Ecuador…

US (OH): Rusty Oak Nursery joins Bower & Branch as sixth network grower

Bower & Branch, a group of independent growers and garden retailers throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest, continues its grower network expansion with the addition of Rusty Oak Nursery in Valley City, OH, as a Grower Member. Sid Raisch, President and CEO of Bower & Branch,…

US (UT): Pineae Greenhouses serving customers in the Rocky Mountain region with an MPS-A

Pineae Greenhouses was started by the Gold family in 1952. In 2006, the operation moved to Ogden, Utah, establishing a state-of-the-art automated greenhouse and nursery operation that serves customers throughout the Rocky Mountain area. Pineae is a Top 100 US grower, growing spring flowering annuals,…

US (NC): Hoffmans honored by Perennial Plant Association

The family behind Hoffman Nursery received accolades this summer for their contributions to the perennial plant industry. The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) announced its 2018 Special Awards on July 31, 2018 at the 36th annual Perennial Plant Symposium. At this year’s host site in Raleigh, North…

Gaining a market position in Western Europe from Italy's deep south

Switching to biological crop protection was not easy for Cavalieri and Papaianni SRL, but their efforts are paying off: they now grow products that are very competitive on international markets. ‘Biological crop protection is the future; we are committed to this method.’ Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy Cavalieri and Papaianni SRL…

US: AFE awards more than $42,800 in 2018 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 21 students with scholarships totaling $42,800. Eighty-seven applications were received for this 2018 scholarship cycle. "We had many outstanding students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to two recipients," said Dwight Larimer,…

Russia: Outdoor rose grower keeps expanding

Growing roses outdoors in Russia may seem a bit unusual, but Zheleny Dom is doing exactly that. “We are located in South Russia and the climate here is actually that good that we focus in the coming years to expand in open air.” Speaking is Matirny Anatoily, who is working as the Chief Agronomist with…

Ecuador: Naranjo presents new brand image

"We are finally an 'adult' company", laughs Maryluz Naranjo of Naranjo. 18 years ago, she established the company, and yesterday evening they celebrated this anniversary with the presentation of their new brand image. Maryluz After a brief history of this Ecuadorian rose farm, that was presented by Maryluz and her husband Carlos Gomez…

A visit to De Ruiter, Rosaprima and Flodecol:

Ecuador: Breeders and growers open their doors

It is flowers expo week in Quito, and many visitors take this opportunity to visit farms. FloralDaily didn't miss a beat either. Yesterday, a day before the flower shows Agriflor and Expo Flor Ecuador opened their doors, we visited the show and test greenhouse of Dutch breeder De Ruiter, the farm of rose…

Australia: Greenhouse growers tour Woolgoolga

PCA has gone back to grass roots, reconnecting growers, getting them networking and sharing knowledge and ideas, providing platforms for learning and training to up-skill and re-energise members. The allied trade are supporting the PCA on their crusade by providing sponsorship to get events off the…

Colombia: 250 chrysanthemum varieties at Delishow 2018

In the week of August 27th, many breeders in Medellin, Colombia opened their doors to their growers. One of them was breeder of chrysantemum Deliflor. At their Deli-show, 250 different varieties for worldwide cultivation were in full bloom. Lourdes Reyes of BallSB and Dutch breeder of Agriom Andre Smaal…

US (VA): Year-round greenhouse draws tourists' attention to family farm

It may take close to an hour to walk through the twists and turns of a corn maze at Haynes Greenhouse in Glade Spring, but for business owners Jared and Kristen Haynes, it’s a yearlong endeavor. The couple recently purchased more than 17 acres off Fleet Road in Glade Spring from Bob and Judy Holmes, who…

US (MI): Flower farms transform vacant lots on Detroit’s east side

Nancy Weigandt and Tom Milano of the Garden Detroit had been cleaning up vacant land as volunteers for years. Both experienced gardeners, they understood the potential for turning blighted land into a place of beauty, and started working with the Land Bank to acquire vacant lots. They intended on…

UK: HTA meets with Secretary of State to discuss water use by growers

On Friday 7th September 2018 HTA representative John Adlam joined the NFU, the CLA, land owners, abstractor groups, the Environment Agency and water companies to discuss abstraction and water use in the growing and farming communities with the Rt Hon Michael Gove Secretary of State for Environment, Food…

UK: Student wins SWGS Sponsored Scholarship

Student, Luke Spiller, has won a South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Scholarship as part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season. Luke, who has just completed a Level 2 Horticulture course at Bicton College in Devon, has received the £1,500 South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored…

CAN (ON): Farmer-florists are a growing trend

The flower business has been borrowing trends from the food industry: fresh, local, sustainably grown and often heirloom. What does this look like? If you happen to be an Instagram user (and a gardener) you may have come across one of the growing number of “farmer-florists”: small-scale growers who serve…

US: Behind the scenes at Michigan greenhouses

Michigan has the third largest production of ornamental plants ($409 million) in the nation behind the Golden State (California; $1.08 billion) and the Sunshine State (Florida; $1.03 billion). In Michigan, it is the third most valuable agriculture commodity crop, behind corn ($1.07 billion) and soybeans…

It’s Daylily Time

This time grower retailers purchase daylilies to plant for next Spring. Proven Winners published a video that shows how they produce their Rainbow Rhythm daylilies. The video was made at Walter's Gardens in Michigan. For more information: Proven Winners 111 E Elm St Ste D Sycamore, IL 60178 www.provenwinners.com

Green Circle Growers

"US: Ohio Greenhouse Awarded "Vendor of the Year"

At its annual Floral Show, Texas-based grocery retailer H-E-B awarded the Vendor of the Year Award for 2018 to Ohio greenhouse Green Circle Growers after working closely together on multiple sales and marketing projects in the past fiscal year. This is the second Vendor of the Year Award for Green Circle…

Pascal Lambé, Phytesia

EU: Cold and warmth shortened garden orchid season

“Although the season was shorter than last year, itwas a good one for the garden orchids”, says Pascal Lambé of Phystesia. “Due tothe cold in February and March, the season started later than normally. Then,in May the temperatures increased and the sales stopped. But in between we soldour orchids very…

Grower takes over fresh wax rose line of Primera Fashion Flowers from B&G de Mooij

NL: Berg RoseS starts selling fresh wax roses

Van den Berg RoseS from Delfgauw adds an extra value to its broad and exclusive assortment of roses with the fresh Dutch roses in wax. After the cooperation was announced last week with Van der Drift Roses for the red rose Red Naomi, Berg RoseS has concluded an agreement with B&G de Mooij to sell the…

Flores El Capiro celebrates 10 years of sending flowers by sea

"How could we deliver our flowers in refrigerated containers to keep them at their best quality standards and all the freshness at the lowest cost?" Many years ago, Colombian chrysanthemum grower Flores El Capiro asked themselves this question and now, they are already celebrating their 10th anniversary…

US (TX): First tulip festival in Waxahachie to benefit residents with IDD

A garden of “a million and one” tulips will soon serve as another reason for Waxahachie to be a destination city. The mission behind the flowers will also undoubtedly tug at the heartstrings of its visitors. Through the tulip endeavor, Poston Gardens will aim to provide a life-changing opportunity for up…

Grower in the spotlight: the biggest calathea grower in the world

This month Dutch export company OZ Planten puts grower Gebr. Valstar in the spotlight, the largest Calathea grower in the world. An impressive company that consists of two locations with a total area of ​​approximately 100,000 m2. Gebr. Valstar originates from 1978, founder Jac Valster started the…

Aphria partners with Schroll Medical

Subsidiary Schroll Flowers to produce cannabis

Aphria Inc. today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Danish company Schroll Medical, a subsidiary of prominent European flower producer,…

A video tour through Alexandra Farms

Take a peek into the world of this Colombian garden rose farm

Curious how garden roses are grown and processed in Colombia? In this video, made by uBloom, one can take a peek into the world of garden rose farm Alexandra Farms. Learn more about the diversity of their varieties, social programs for their employees and their environmental sustainability practices. For…

Ellen Akerboom, Nachtvlinder

"Fast flowering makes helleborus more attractive to grow"

Last season has been challenging for Helleborus. In March, the month in which Dutch breeder and grower Ellen Akerboom of De Nachtvlinder typically sells the most, it started to freeze. The clientele in garden centers declined as well as the sales figures. "The fact that the plant blooms in the winter…

NL: Stars-Plant spreads its wings

Up until four years ago Jan Valstar and his sons had never been involved in the cultivation of young plants. When circumstances pushed them into this role, they of course had to deal with some bumps in the road before their business took off. It's to the credit of the brothers that the company is…

CAN (ON): Cannabis company to use new greenhouse for potted mums instead

A high-profile medical marijuana company thwarted by council in its Ancaster expansion bid will still build a large, controversial greenhouse – but for potted mums, not pot. City council denied an application in July from federally licensed grower The Green Organic Dutchman to build a 130,000-square-foot…

A single source for an exclusive range of quality Dutch roses

Berg RoseS and Van der Drift Roses join forces

In order to stay competitive in an increasingly demand-driven market, the two Dutch rose companies Berg RoseS and Van der Drift Roses are entering into a commercial partnership. Starting September 1, they will join forces and offer a broad range of five Avalanche+ colors and nine specialties,…

Arthur Spruit, Aardam

Seed trading and propagation: a perfectly fine combination

The market for plants is doing well. They sell like hot cakes all over the world. This is also evident at Aardam, which specializes in seeds and the propagation of tropical plants. Arthur Spruit has been in the business for quite some time, and he doesn't get fazed when the market fluctuates. "Our job is…

CAN (ON): Chef uses edible flowers from local farm

Tucked away on a narrow road off Kingsville Road 5 East, Floramère Flowers is run by 32-year-old Natasha Chortos. Unhappy with her job as a graphics designer in Toronto, Chortos decided to move to Essex County to start a flower farm, inspired by time spent with her florist grandmother as a child.…

US (NH): Therapeutic Garden Grant at work

The Monarch School of New England was honored to be the 2017 recipient of the $3,000 Therapeutic Garden Grant award from the National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America. In a letter published on the NGB website, Amanda Martineau, Director of Community Engagement, writes: "As the Monarch School of New…

US (HI): Kilauea Community Agricultural Center continues to grow

It’s the second season of the Community Supported Agriculture box program from Kilauea Community Agricultural Center, and one of the many strides community organization 'Aina Ho’okupu o Kilauea' has made in the last six months. The Kilauea Community Agricultural Center has been AHK’s main project and its…

Behind the scenes of an ambitious chrysanthemum cooperation

"Our ambition is to grow to 100 ha within a few years", says Danny van Uffelen of Zentoo, a chrysanthemum brand and cooperation currently consisting of 10 Dutch chrysanthemum growers. Over the last five years, the production of this brand has grown from 40 to nearly 60 ha. One of the members of this…

Australia: Next generation of green leaders challenging status quo

Kristian Spink represents the next generation of nursery growers. He is young, tech savvy and full of new ideas. A carpenter by trade, Kristian made the decision to return to the family’s production nursery after receiving a call from his family four years ago. While it’s taken time to understand the…

Alone among men in the world of tulips

Holland is the world’s largest tulip producer. Tulip bulbs – a classic Dutch product, you might think. That is until you meet Christiane Degenhardt-Sellmann. She has specialised in this heavily male-dominated branch of production and heads the flower bulb production company “Degenhardt Spezialkulturen”…

Ecuador: Matiz Roses expands greenhouse by 4 ha

Ecuadorian rose farm Matiz Roses is expanding its greenhouse acreage by 4 ha. Two hectare will be ready to harvest this month and the other two just before Valentine's Day in February 2019. The reason for the expansion is the potential they see for high end products in niche markets. In order to supply…

Video: CannaSol fields are a sight to behold

The CannaSol fields in Limburg, the Netherlands look amazing and that attracts a lot of attention from passersby who are visibly impressed. As you can see in the video, that is understandable. The CannaSol series is the result of Green Works' own breeding activities. Find out more about the CannaSol here.

J. Berry rakes in trade show awards

The J. Berry team didn’t have to take a plane home from Ohio to Texas. That's because, in their words, they were floating on air after a double win for the Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus at Cultivate18. Young Plants Division debut The company also formally announced the debut of its new Young Plants…

Kenya: Equinox Flowers doubles acreage Pink Journey

Kenyan Farm Equinox Flowers has just planted the second hectare of Pink Journey, a white-pink bicolor cut rose variety of breeder De Ruiter. Equinox Flowers already grows this variety on one hectare for about a year now and due to the positive results and reactions, they decided to double the acreage. In…

Japan: Fukushima's chrysanthemum growers face scorching heat

Amid scorching temperatures that have gripped Japan, farmers in Fukushima Prefecture are beginning to see the high temperatures and scarce rain take a toll on their carefully tended produce. According to an agricultural cooperative that represents 30 farmers in the Aizu area, growers of chrysanthemums…

UK: Binsted Nursery hosts ENA visit

29th June saw Binsted & Walberton Nurseries host a visit from the European Nurserystock Association (ENA). Martin Emmett, Director of Tristram Plants, led the 20+ group of visitors on a tour of the nursery’s main production sites and reservoir. The ENA is an organisation that represents nursery stock…

Vlasman

NL: One of world's biggest in Saintpaulia

'Plants for the future' is the payoff of OZ Export's grower of the month of August. A beautiful mission that completely fits the way of working at this Saintpaulia nursery. Vlasman is an important player, with a total area of ​​more than 30,000 m². We are not the only ones to get a tour in the…

Thomas Offer Madsen, BotaniqLab:

"We adjust our concepts to the pillows in people's living rooms"

The Scandinavian style is well known for its simplicity. It is not only a trend you see in fashion and interior design, plants and decoration have their part in it as well. Thomas Madsen of BotaniqLab cooperate with people from the fashion and interior industry, to find out which trends are coming and…

Ad van Heesbeen, Asra Plant

A peek at Belgium garden plant nursery Asra Plant

Ad van Heesbeen has worked more than 25 years as entrepreneur of Asra Plant. When he met grower Robert Huijbregts about 13 years ago there was a good business click, and they decided to merge their nurseries. Ad mainly takes care of sales and Robert is focused on cultivation. Along with Ad's wife…

NL: Denis Plants ready for a growing future

A lot of investments were made at Denis Plants last year. The greenhouse complexes were expanded with an additional surface area of 2 ha, the production process was optimized and a new and customized sorting machine allows the grower to select plants in a much earlier stage. In the near future additional…

Claus Feldborg, EasyCare:

"There's a year-round demand for strong green plants"

"Strong green plants used to have their own season. January and February and also August and September used to be the popular months for these plants. But nowadays the demand is year-round. Of course we have also some periods when the demand is low, like just before Christmas and in the hot summer…

UK: Bransford Webbs reaches a decade of environmental accreditation

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for the tenth consecutive year, having first achieved this important certification back in 2008. Among other targets, they have reduced their peat usage in both the liner unit and on the nursery, continue…

Lily grower René Kuiper, Expoflora:

“Costa Rican Mother's Day is a nice bonus”

Today is Mother's Day in Costa Rica. The holiday is every year on August 15 celebrated with lots of flowers. For lily grower Rene Kuiper of Expoflora it is a nice bonus. “We usually export to the United States. That is our main market. American holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the most…

China: Chrysanthemum plantation helps people fight poverty

A chrysanthemum plantation in Dongzhangbao Town, covering an area of some 3,000 mu (about 200 hectares), has helped local people get rid of poverty. Xinhua has posted some pictures featuring farmers harvesting chrysanthemum in Nanzhao Village of Dongzhangbao Town in Handan, north China's Hebei Province.…

Garden roses inspired by London landmarks

Neill Strain Floral Couture is renowned for its diverse range of rare and exceptional flowers throughout the year and, during the summer months, for its Garden Roses in particular. With the grower's enthusiasm for Neill's London clientele, an entire range of exquisite Garden Roses has been named after…

CAN (ON): Sunflower grower welcomes selfie-takers

Unlike Ontario sunflower fields that have closed, Steve Kustermans' is rolling out the welcome mat. Kustermans' blossoming interest in the sunflower is all business. He's planted thousands of them at his family farm west of London, not as food, but as the backdrop to the perfect selfie. The picturesque…

CAN (BC): Flowers from grower to auction

According to Bob Pringle, CEO of Burnaby’s United Flower Growers, there are over 60 cut flower growers in B.C. Three times a week, starting at 6 a.m., the company’s flower auction sells and distributes millions of cut flowers across Canada and the U.S. One such grower is Van Gameren Flowers. To get a…

Five minutes with John Bunker

Australia: Who’s on your nursery SIAP?

The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) is a panel of industry representatives that provides advice to Hort Innovation in relation to industry R&D and marketing investments, funded by nursery industry levies and contributions from the Australian Government. John Bunker Tell us a bit about yourself…

Perry van der Haak:

NL: New level of automation reached in new facilities Dutch geranium grower

Perry van der Haak is a family owned business that produces young seedlings, primarily of geraniums, which they supply to the European market. The grower has 20 hectares production area in Africa, and another two locations in the Netherlands. One of them consists of two hectares of production area, the…

Grower in the spotlight: the garden roses from Rosenhof Odendahl

"We grow a versatile assortment of roses in containers for the garden, the balcony or the terrace. The auction clock is for us a 'shop window' where we present our new products," says Franz Josef Odendahl, who heads the family business. In the new ‘Anlieferer im Rampenlicht’ (Suppliers in the Limelight)…

Van Geel Orchideeën

Sustainability: a keyword of this Dutch orchid grower

OZ Planten has been working with Van Geel Orchideeën from Erica for years. The pleasant cooperation led to the launch of our house brand Jennie's Choice last year. This is a beautiful orchid mix with a 'personal touch' with a unique look that changes every season. From father to son (in law) Van Geel…

T&M's Colin Randel celebrates 50 years in horticulture

Colin Randel, product manager and vegetable expert at Suffolk-based mail order plants and seeds firm Thompson & Morgan was recently presented with an engraved commemorative garden fork and spade in recognition of his 50 year contribution to horticulture. Veteran gardening writer, The Sun columnist and…


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