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Presentations from FCO's Research Conference 2017

FCO organized its Research Conference on Feb 1st 2017. For those interested the presentation slides are available for download.1. Will Healy - shrink or loosing your shorts.pdf2. Chevonne Carlow - bmp - self assessment bmp guide.pdf3. Jeanine West - bmp's to address greenhouse generated waste water.pdf4. Ann.....

April 6-7, Warsaw

Discover the sales opportunities Poland has to offer

Poland offers economic growth and market opportunities. If you would like to know what opportunities this market offers the floriculture sector, Royal FloraHolland invites you to join the study tour of Warsaw in Poland on 6 and 7 April 2017.In recent years, the Polish economy has experienced considerably.....

February 22-24, 2017 in Milan, Italy:

Photo's: Myplant & Garden takes off

The third edition of MyPlant & Garden took off this morning in Polo Rho Fiera di Milano, Italy. It is a meeting point for all the operators in the sector in Italy, and it has also attracted the interest of international exhibitors, buyers and professionals. In comparison to last year, 20 percent more.....

Flowerwatch, 24 March 2017 in Naivasha:

Cold Chain Management training to enhance quality of flowers

Everyone who works with fresh flowers knows they need to be kept cool. And everyone involved in fresh flower supplies works hard to ensure that. However, few supply chains seem to succeed in keeping flowers under consistently optimal conditions all the way from farm to florist. In order to improve the cold.....
May 18-19, Antalya

New matchmaking event in Turkey

From 18-19 May 2017 a new matchmaking event hosted by the Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association will take place in Antalya. The Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association is the only Exporters Association in Turkey, which represents all the ornamental plant exporters......

US: Largest flower farmer delegation ever heading to Washington

A week from today, a delegation of American flower farmers will descend on Washington,D.C., for an action-packed, issue-filled couple of days.Every farmer will don an American Grown boutonnièreThis will be the largest delegation of flower farmers ever for an annual fly-in. This year’s group canvases 10.....

Photoreport: Horticontact

PHOTO REPORT Greenhouse builders can hardly meet the demand. Growers are increasing their investments and suppliers launch one novelty after another. This became evident after the Horticontact in Gorinchem.Click here to see the pictures. A new Svensson screen, a new clipping system at Agrifast, a new machine for.....

August 14-19

US (CA): Vegetable Trial dates announced for 2017

What is a now a yearly tradition, vegetable breeding companies dealing in the Fresh Market and Home Garden segments are hosting the Summer Vegetable Trials via Open Houses and Field Days. This event is hosted by five breeders in seven locations from August 14-19, 2017. Modeled after the long-standing CA.....
February 17, 1 pm EST

Herbaceous perennial propagation webinar from MSU

On Friday, Feb. 17th at 1:00PM EST, a free herbaceous perennial propagation webinar will be given by Dr. W. Garrett Owen and Dr. Roberto Lopez, both at Michigan State University. The webinar will be distributed by e-GRO.Title: Stick for Success, Optimize Rooting of Perennial Cuttings with Root-zone.....

April 7-9, Cardiff

UK: RHS Flower Show Cardiff

RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a 3 day event being held by the Royal Horticultural Society from 7th April to 9th April 2017 at the Cardiff Business School in Cardiff, United Kingdom. This event showcases product from Agriculture & Forestry industry.The RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a fair for flowers,.....

Royal FloraHolland getting involved in Flower Expo China

Royal FloraHolland is the world's largest flower auction company, which is headquartered in Aalsmeer, with locations in Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg and Eelde. Together, the auction houses are home to the largest flower auction in the world. Well over 20 million flowers and plants imported from Netherlands, Kenya,.....

February 22-24, Fiera Milano

567 brands represented at Myplant & Garden

Myplant & Garden – International Green Expo is the most important international trade fair for horticulture, landscape, garden and greenbuilding in Italy.The fair - which was born out of a cooperation between an independent organization, a consortium of companies, the biggest fairground in Europe and the.....

Mexican enthusiasm for Orchids and Anthurium

Each year at the beginning of November one of the largest agricultural fairs in Mexico takes place, called the Expo Agro Alimentaria. This trade fair is organized in the city of Irapuato, in the state of Guanajuato.At this spacious trade fair you will find everything in the field of agriculture and.....

No more World Championship Greenhouse Building

The organizing team of the WK KassieBouwen (World Championship Greenhouse Building) has decided to stop the annual event. A seventh edition in 2017 would require a major overhaul of the concept and would be an extra burden for the current team. After careful consideration and with a heavy heart, the members.....

Meet & Greet at Hoven & De Mooij:

Owner Bloomingdale Roses visits Netherlands to introduce new rose

On Wednesday morning, January 18, about 150 to 200 people found their way to the presentation area of Hoven & De Mooij in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. Bunty Shah, the man behind the Kenyan nursery Bloomingdale Roses (currently 38 hectares), was present at a Meet & Greet and to introduce his newest.....

IPM Essen training day helps pupils in job orientation

The "green associations" and the Messe Essen implement their activities in the canvassing of the up-and-coming generation at the International Plant Fair in Essen. Experts will inform the guests about the gardening or floristry training and will give the young people tips and brief insights into the.....

August 23-26, Boskoop-Hazerswoude

NL: Green festival during Plantarium 2017

During the trade fair Plantarium, which will be held from 23 to 26 August 2017, a green festival for and by young people will be organised for the first time. The festival is one of the items that aims to make the fair more trendy in order to let Plantarium have a higher profile as a source of inspiration in.....

in collaboration with Martin Groen

Flower Circus in Moscow again

Last week the Flower Circus was in Moscow again for another flower show. This time Martin Groen was the ‘flower magician’ in charge of the show. Martin Groen is a multiple Dutch champion who has had the honor of doing the flower decorations for four royal weddings. So it’s not surprising that florists.....

January 21, 2017:

Dutch National Tulip Day 2017 attracts global attention

The new season for cut tulips has begun, attracting attention from around the world. On Saturday 21 January, Dutch tulip growers (TPN) organised the sixth annual National Tulip Day. The highlight was the picking garden of 200,000 tulips in the heart of Amsterdam, where members of the public could pick tulips.....

February 22-24, 2017 in Milan:

Italy: MyPlant & Garden's online ticket office is open

The tickets for the third edition of the Myplant & Garden can be ordered online now. This show will be held from February 22-24, 2017 the MyPlant & Garden will take place at the Polo Rho Fiera di Milano, in Milan, Italy. During the 3 days of exhibition, the fair is the heart of international.....

US (MA): Emerging trends & innovative techniques at NE Grows

New England Grows, the Northeast's largest educational conference and green industry exposition, wrapped up in early December after three days of seminars and hands-on learning, combined with an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations from hundreds of industry exhibitors.Attendance from all industry.....

US: Field to Vase Dinner covers new territory in 2017

Last year’s sold out American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour took guests on extraordinary adventures, from a world-renowned celebrity event stylist’s private flower farm, to the largest tulip farm in America, to a ranunculus field overlooking the ocean.After months of planning, the 2017 tour locations are.....

HTA Contact Conference

UK: Growers debate topical challenges and opportunities

With the theme of ‘Surviving and Thriving’, the HTA Contact Conference for growers took place at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on 17 - 18 January 2017, alongside the APL Stone Seminar and BPOA Spring Conference.Brexit was high on the agenda, alongside plant health, water legislation, seasonal labour,.....

March 15-17

NL: Tulip Trade Event gets ready for second edition

The new brochure is currently being distributed among a large network of business relations, and the eight participating companies are getting ready for the second Tulip Trade Event. Especially the international business relations were, after the first edition in 2016, very enthusiastic about the joining.....

Dutch tulip production to surpass 2 billion this year

Recent data from the trade association KAVB shows that the production of tulips in the Netherlands will surpass the 2 billion mark this year. Last year production came to 1.9 billion cut tulips with an export value of 250 million euros. Next to that there are also the tulip bulbs sold for use in gardens and.....
attending flower Expo China from March 13-15:

Hardy Export expanding markets in China

Hardy Export Co.Pvt.Ltd from Sri Lanka, will display their Eco-friendly Coco Peat and Coir Fibre products at the upcoming China International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair (Flower Expo China). Hardy Export Co.Pvt.Ltd is one of the 150 exhibitors and will be represented by their Director, Mr......

UK: New product opportunities for bedding and pot plant growers

The Bedding and Pot Plant Centre (BPPC) was established in 2014 and is located at Baginton Nurseries, Baginton, Warwickshire. A series of trials were developed and delivered in conjunction with a grower-led management group between 2014 and 2016, to provide practical solutions to problems encountered on.....

August 23-26, Boskoop-Hazerswoude

Plantarium's challenge to exhibitors: "Tell your story"

Participants in Plantarium are even now being challenged to tell their story innovatively and inspirationally as part of the theme for 2017, 'Stories'. In the next few months they will be given the opportunity to put their message into pictures.Story truckAs an extra service, Plantarium is helping its.....

February 17, Vineland Station

CAN (ON): OMAFRA 2017 greenhouse IPM workshop

The Greenhouse IPM 101: Basic IPM Tools and Techniques workshop will be held Friday, February 17th, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hall, Province of Ontario building, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, Vineland Station, ON.Workshop Agenda:Major greenhouse pest identification (insects,.....

US (FL): TPIE in full swing

PHOTO REPORT The Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) is in full swing. It took off yesterday, on January 18 and is showcasing the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in warm and inviting South Florida. With 400 exhibiting companies in just over 800 booth spaces, it offers wholesale buyers a wide.....

IPM Essen, hall 7.0/ C32:

Birchmeier introduces new mobile battery powered sprayer

Birchmeier Sprühtechnik AG has added the mobile A 50 sprayer to its range of rechargeable devices. As a result, the Swiss manufacturer is once again relying on modern rechargeable battery technology. Like the REC 15 backpack sprayer, the powerful A 50 features electronic pressure control and is quiet and.....

Meet Rosa and Rosa Loves Me at the IPM

Roses with a story

“Man, it takes sooooooo long,” sighs Viking Roses’ John Pouw, known as a very patient person and active in roses since spending his school holidays with his ‘great’ uncle Anton Pouw when he ripped out his supreme white carnations to plant a new salmon pink rose that he selected with Meilland in France:.....

Netherlands: Plantion celebrates centenary

Plantion has been around for 100 years. In the very early morning, at 06.00 am last Wednesday, the fact that precisely 100 years ago a couple of growers in Utrecht laid the foundation for the current cooperative and company Plantion, was commemorated at the Plantion clock. CEO Peter Bakker gave a speech and.....

April 12-14, Astana

AstanaFloraExpo: your gateway to Kazakhstan

The 8th International exhibition of floriculture and landscaping “AstanaFloraExpo” will be held in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 12-14 April. “AstanaFloraExpo” is the only regular trade exhibition held in Kazakhstan and throughout Central Asia.It brings together professionals of the.....

IPM Fair Cup 2017 bears the motto of "Upcycling"

The participants should revive and reconsider "old-fashioned" flowers, "outdated" plants and "obsolete" accessories. Retrocharm and modern aspects will complement each other in order to form something absolutely special. This will give them the possibility of creating a totally new look.The IPM Fair Cup will.....

US (CA): CCFC sponsors inauguration luncheon

California Grown Flowers will take center table during this year’s California State Society’s Inauguration Luncheon on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The CCFC and the Wine Institute are once again sponsoring the California flowers and wine, respectively, for the Society’s luncheon January 19.The following.....

March 21-23, Malmö

Nordic Flower Expo 2.0 "more than just a trade fair"

Nordic Flower Expo 2.0 organizes a wide range of extra activities in addition to the usual function of a tradeshow. The organisers do not only want to facilitate suppliers to meet buyers but also want to be a platform for florists, traders and buyers within the flower and plant industry to get inspired and.....

New updates, vendors and stops planned

Spring Trials 2017 taking root

Yet another California Spring Trials is just three months away with the firming up of people, places and things along the way. As in the past, most locations and vendors remain as in prior years with a few changes.In the North, Rancho Espinoza is a new addition to the event in Chualar and the folks at.....

21-23 March 2017 in Kiev

Only 2 months till Flower Expo Ukraine

This year the 11th edition of Flower Expo Ukraine will take place from 21-23 March 2017 in the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kiev. As already expected the exhibition continues its growth path, which it started last year.The Ukrainian economy is forecasted to grow with some 2.5% in 2017 according.....

US (MD): MANTS 2017 likely to break 2016's visitor record

"I believe this was the most people I have ever seen at this show", says Tamara Felux of J. Berry Nursery. She visited this show, that was held from January 11-13, in Baltimore, MD. On the first day, they already had 10,000 registrants and increased to over 11,000 registrants on the second day, the MANTS.....

Photo's cut flower carnation open house Selecta Japan

PHOTO REPORT Nearly 500 varieties and codes were on display at the cut flower carnation open house of Selecta Japan. On January 13 and 14, the visitors received an exclusive look behind the scenes at trial greenhouse co-operated by grower Mr. Kenji Tanaka."We have had great assistance and comments on our new.....
Workshops, lectures and presentations with experts

IPM Essen 2017 invites visitors to supporting programme

From January 24 to 27, 2017, IPM Essen will not only offer a unique available range with around 1,600 exhibitors from all over the world but the extensive supporting programme will also promise a particular value added for all the trade visitors. At IPM Essen, experts and insiders will invite them to.....

sustainable cultivation according Stolk Flora

Macro-mites, essential oils and vital water for the orchid

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the coming weeks the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with Jan Stolk and Marco Hartensveld of nursery Stolk Flora about their.....

US (MD): Vivid atmosphere at MANTS 2017

PHOTO REPORT Today is the final day of the MANTS 2017 in Baltimore, MD. "The atmosphere is positive and everyone is looking forward to spring", says Nico Rijnbeek of Rijnbeek and Son, one of the exhibitors. Nico Rijnbeek of Rijnbeek and Son.According to Rijnbeek and Mike Howden of Macore, another exhibitor, the foot.....

Flower bulb specialist JUB Holland wins Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize 2017

PHOTO REPORT The ambassador of the horticultural sector in 2017 is JUB Holland. This flower bulb specialist from Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, takes up the title on 11 January 2017. They are this year's winner of the Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize as they perfectly suit the theme of the award: ‘Family-run.....

free 1-hour webinar 'Optimization of growth climate via technical innovations'

Curious how you can take advantage of The Next Generation Growing?

On Monday, 30 January 2017 Hoogendoorn and Svensson will bring expertise together to inform you on the latest developments learned on Next Generation Growing (NGG) via a free webinar. This includes the latest tools based on NGG available for the horticultural sector. The webinar is organized especially for.....

Feb. 18 at Oregon State University:

Oregon State University to host Small Farms Conference

The 16th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference, which drew more than 1,000 people last year, takes place Feb. 18 at Oregon State University. The event, one of the flagship educational offerings of OSU Extension Service’s Small Farms Program, is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food.....

UK: Who will become the 2017 Young Horticulturist of the Year?

This year the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year competition returns to its roots for the 27th annual competition final. The Grand Final is to be held on May 6th at the University Centre Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury was home to Percy Thrower whose Trust provides an impressive.....

January 11-13 in Baltimore:

US (MD): MANTS is taking off

The 47th annual Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) takes off today. Over 950 exhibitors will be present and showcasing their products and services in the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, till January 13.Widely known as The Masterpiece of Trade Shows™, MANTS brings together close to 1,000.....

February 7, Stoneleigh Park

UK: AHDB seminar on softwood propagation of ornamentals

Although there are several UK specialist plant propagators, and a number of production businesses take propagation material from their own stock plants or crops, the production of cutting material from stock plants is now an international trade with material being supplied from as far away as Africa and.....

13-14 January in Nishio-city

Selecta Japan holds cut flower carnation 2017 open house

Take a first look at novelties, that will upgrade your program. Selecta Japan, subsidiary of Selecta one cut flowers, invites customers and others interested in the services, to the annually cut flowers Carnation Open house, on January 13th and 14th from 9:00 till 16:00 at Isshiki-cho, Nishio-city, AICHI.The.....

8-10 November, 2017 in Vijfhuizen:

NL: New edition IFTF World of Flowers in 2017

Green Team Consultancy+ and the International Floriculture and Horticulture Trade Fair (IFTF) have decided to organize a new edition of the successful World of Flowers in November 2017. In November 2016 more than 900 international florists visited the World of Flowers, the first edition of the Wim Hazelaar.....

US: Farmers encouraging farmers to go to Washington

Last year’s delegation was one of California Cut Flower Commission's (CCFC) largest, if not the largest group of farmers that took to Washington, D.C. "It was a great group and their advocacy made a difference", says Kasey Cronquist, CEO of CCFC on americasflowers.org.From February 28 to March 2, 2017 flower.....

8-10 February 2017: HTA's study tour to the Netherlands

UK Garden centres to study Dutch trends in garden retailing

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have arranged an inspirational study tour to the Netherlands from 8-10 February 2017. As well as an exclusive tour of the Dutch design company Elho head office, which will include presentations from their operations team and in house trend specialists, the tour will.....

June 19-25

British Flowers Week 2017 dates announced

British Flowers Week, the annual celebration of the British cut flower industry and the independent florist, returns in 2017 for a fifth successive year. Set aside 19-25 June in your diaries now for the week-long campaign devoted to raising the profile of British flowers and floristry.Expect celebrations of.....

The Rose Parade in pictures

CA Grown recently loaded up an album of beautiful images taken by Linda Blue of the Rose Parade in Pasadena last week. Each year, the organization has Linda capture the efforts farmers serving as ambassadors, the flowers going onto the floats, and of course the certification ceremonies with California.....

Vietnam: HCM City’s flower street to bloom for Tet

Nguyen Hue Flower Street, a very popular attraction in HCM City during Tet (Lunar New Year festival) every year, will be ready to welcome visitors on January 25, 2017.According to Tran Hung Viet, General Director of Saigontourist which creates the flower street, this year more than 100 kinds of flowers,.....

January 18

University of Georgia holds webinar on woody ornamentals

The University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture has developed an online, live, interactive training program that allows individuals to obtain Continuing Education credits from virtually anywhere, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture does not limit the number of hours that can be acquired by.....
January 17-18, Northamptonshire

UK: HTA Contact Conference – ‘Surviving and Thriving’

There is just over a week to go until the HTA Contact Conference – the biennial event aimed at all those working across the nurserystock sector. If you haven’t already booked your place there are now only a few days left to do so! The event takes place at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on Tuesday 17.....

UK: Futurescape seminars explored benefits of plants

In November efig hosted two seminars at Futurescape. These were attended by more than 70 people. If you weren't able to be there, efig thought you might be interested in this synopsis of the discussions.The future of interior landscapingThe panel for the seminar was Thomas Palfreyman of Urban Planters, Matt.....

Ticket sales close on 13 January:

AIPH IGOTY awards in less than three weeks

Ticket sales close on 13 January for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2017.The awards, sponsored by Headline Partner, Royal Flora Holland, takes place this month on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at the Colosseum Theatre in Essen, Germany; during the week of IPM Essen, the world’s leading.....
IOBC Canada 2017 Meeting – Integrated Control in Protected Crops, Temperate Climate

International biological control industry gathers in Canada this year

The International Organization of Biological Control Western Palearctic Region (IOBC-WPR) invites you to join their next meeting that will be held June 4-8, 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.The event organized by the Greenhouse IPM Working Group, welcomes, every three years, over 100 biocontrol.....

Australia: Corpse flower unexpectedly flowers again

The stinky corpse flower has bloomed two years in a row – which was reportedly unheard of – at Adelaide Botanic Garden.This is the third time the 11-year-old titan arum, nicknamed Ganteng, has filled its rotten stench in Adelaide – once in Mount Lofty and another at Adelaide Botanic Garden last year.The.....

Rose Parade entries honored with California Grown certificate

"For the past six years, we’ve been kicking off the new year in Pasadena by acknowledging those float teams who make it a priority to source and feature California Grown Flowers during the Rose Parade. These certifications acknowledge those teams who worked to ensure that over 85 percent of the flowers on.....

India: Panjab University blooms with chrysanthemums

With around 4,000 pots and 25-30 new varieties of chrysanthemum on display, the 9th Panjab University (PU) Chrysanthemum Exhibition started at Prof R C Paul Rose Garden, Sector 14, Panjab University, on Wednesday. PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover inaugurated the five-day long exhibition, being.....

Flower Council Holland 2016 captured in pictures

VIDEO The Flower Council of Holland works enthusiastically to keep flowers and plants constantly top of mind with the consumer. "We ensure that consumers become and remain inspired to buy flowers and plants." Their most eye-catching activities in 2016 are summarized in this 3-minute video below.For more.....

US (CA): Rose Parade shines spotlight on local flowers

The annual Tournament of Roses Parade presents a stage like no other for the U.S. floral industry. More than a million people attend the event live. Millions and millions more watch on television. A remarkable flower focused event that kicks off the New Year.Front and center this year will be four entries.....

CAN (ON): Learn more about implementing GreenCHIP-Q

Learn more about how you can participate in this member-led initiative. GreenCHIP-Q is a quarantine fund to be developed, jointly with an insurer and broker, to provide timely and effective financial coverage to floriculture growers in the event of financial losses due to a quarantine event. The GreenCHIP-Q.....

Taiwan actively boosting flower exports

The exports of fresh cut flowers have played a very important role in supporting Taiwan’s floriculture industry in the last ten years, especially the exports of their world-famous phalaenopsis. In the first 8 months of 2016 alone, the total exports of fresh cut flowers have generated revenue of 246.729.....

US (CA): Rose Parade festivities off to a flying start

Miracle-Gro, Cal Poly Universities, FTD and Real California Milk demonstrated continued support of California Grown flowers at the Tournament of Roses Parade through an official California Grown certification ceremony on January 1 in Pasadena.California Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture.....