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Forever Plants Group (Kwekerij Zwethlande) keeps insects at bay

Growing healthier with insect netting

The worldwide trend of healthier growing does not only apply to food, but to plants as well. Sustainable and responsible cultivation is what matters at the Forever Plants Group. Forever Plants, an innovative family company from the Persoon family, grows plants that make the world more beautiful, greener and.....

Deadline extended for IGOTY awards

By popular demand the deadline has been extended for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2019. Growers of ornamentals worldwide now have until midnight (GMT) on Monday 13 August 2018 to enter.Sponsored by Headline Partner, Royal FloraHolland, the event is taking place at the IPM.....

Hilverda De Boer 'exporter of the month' at Parfum Flower Company

NL: Getting people excited about fragrant roses

Hilverda De Boer is the new 'exporter of the month' at Parfum Flower Company. Thanks to several successful campaigns, they succeeded in introducing the fragrant rose to many of their customers. Recently Johan Kloos from Parfum Flower Company presented a beautiful bouquet of fragrant roses and a nice bottle.....

July 15, Columbus

US: John Hoffman to receive leadership award

Hoffman Nursery co-founder John Hoffman will be honored for his contributions to the horticulture industry. He is among the recipients of the 2018 Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards (HILA) bestowed by Greenhouse Management and Nursery Management. He and the other award recipients will be recognized.....

Chinese flower farm preserves botanical treasures

Located in Kunming, China, Kunming Yang Chinese Rose Gardening Co. is situated in the east-central part of the Yunnan Province in a fertile lake basin area surrounded by mountains to the north, west, and east. The farm was established in 1998 and works closely with the National Engineering Research Center.....

UK: Perennial helps children of horticulturists with Fund and Bursaries

Perennial, the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping all those who work in all branches of the horticulture industry, wants more horticulture professionals to know that funding is available to help their dependent children should they need it.Perennial has recently launched a new Child Bursary scheme.....

US (HI): Kilauea eruption downsizes orchid grower

Within a matter of days, Elton Mow lost the 12 acres in Kapoho where he had cultivated numerous varieties of orchids for 26 years.Suddenly, Mow, owner of Orchid Plantation Inc., one of the largest orchid growers on Hawaii island, had to downsize dramatically. With his nursery in Kapoho wiped out, he has only.....

Kenya: How Karuturi lost its flower empire

Karuturi is a Kenyan company that was operating a 134-hectare rose farming business in Naivasha. It is fully owned by Karuturi Global, an Indian company listed on the Bangalore stock exchange.The firm was originally set up and operated by a Dutch family who sold it to Karuturi Global in 2007.It set its first.....

Kenya: Three charged with manslaughter over bursting of dam

Kenya charged three men with manslaughter and other offences on Thursday for their role in the collapse of a dam at a flower farm in May that killed at least 47 people.The three men - the farm’s managing director, Perry Kansagara, its general manager, Vinoj Kumar, and a local state water official, Johnson.....

UK: Horticulture student presented with Peter Williamson Travel Award

Joshua Stone from Pershore College has recently (June, 2018) been presented with Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award. The 19-year-old, who has just finished in his first year of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture, scooped the accolade after impressing the judges with a written submission.....

American flower farmers, designer head to China on trade mission

A delegation of American flower farmers, accompanied by Certified American Grown Administrator Kasey Cronquist and floral designer Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers, is headed to China on a trade mission focused on market development activities.Christy Hulsey of the Colonial House of Flowers will.....

Does Rift Valley Roses impact water levels at Lake Naivasha?

In the Questions from the Crowd series, Ecoligo addresses questions from crowdinvestors about projects and business models.One crowdinvestor asked: "Flower farming around Lake Naivasha has been said to have a negative impact on the lake’s water levels and ecosystem. Can you tell me what Rift Valley Roses is.....

OptiPlug and Dijk van Dijk perfect the cultivation of hydrangeas

Looking for the perfect plug plant

Cultivation often begins with plug plants, and there is a ton of science involved in creating these little plugs. Every crop has its own ideas about what ideal germination conditions are, but all plants are vulnerable during the initial stage. This is when the root system is created, and in the tiniest plant.....

A walk through the farm of Red Lands Roses

"Harvesting three times per day guarantees best quality"

In Kenya the cut flower industry is, in descending order, dominated by Kenyans, then the Dutch and Indians, and then, in small numbers, a whole lot of other nationalities. French are rare though, but we had an opportunity to visit one of their farms: Red Land Roses.Isabelle Henin Spindler, here with a new.....

New Zealand: Rose robbers thorn in the side of grower

On Saturday morning Bob and Cath Matthews of Matthews Nurseries woke up to find eight of their rose plants had been stolen."We've had several incidents in the last two or three years and just yesterday we found that somebody had physically dug out and taken some roses," Cath Matthews said."This is the fourth.....

Grower in the spotlight: world's largest sweet pea grower

Lathyrus is the biggest sweet pea grower in the world. The little climber has an amazingly romantic look and a divine fragrance. Just perfect for wedding work. Owner Rob Hoogeveen: “For most brides this is a much sought-after flower. It’s also great for event work, floral designers just love working with.....

How do you celebrate a 60th anniversary?

Generous donations to 60 good causes, one for every year they've been in business. That's what they're doing to celebrate their 60th anniversary at ErfGoed, the international leader in the manufacturing and installation of cultivation floors. The staff was asked to suggest socially involved and idealistic.....

US (SD): Spring colors shine at Rapid City Greenhouse

The City Greenhouse in Rapid City contains more than 30,000 annual flowers, grasses and small trees. Crews will begin planting the flowers and grasses in city parks beginning next week. The planting will take about two weeks.The Rapid City Journal took a look inside the greenhouse and took some nice.....

organized by Holland Ridge Farms

US (NJ): First Tulip Festival attracts attention

VIDEO "Don't fly to Holland. Drive to Holland." This is the slogan of New Jersey based Holland Ridge Farms who organized the first Tulip Festival in the Tri-State area, an hour south of New York City and an hour north of Philadelphia. It was held from April 21-May 10 and it is said that it attracted thousands of.....

Jarek Ewiak, Lathyrus.nl:

"Sweet pea offers delicate look and divine fragrance"

Lathyrus.nl is the biggest sweet pea grower in the world. The little climber has a romantic look and a divine fragrance, just perfect for wedding work.Owner Rob Hoogeveen: “For most brides this is a much sought-after flower. It’s also great for event work, floral designers just love working with them. The.....

Kenya: Karuturi liquidation battle set to take longer

The battle surrounding the debt-ridden Karuturi flower farm in Naivasha continued with the Court of Appeal stopping the planned sale of its assets.This came a month after the bank, which has appointed a liquidation manager, listed assets to be sold to recover the debt that the once leading rose producer.....

UK: Plant nurseries to be exempt for business rates

Years of work from the NFU has resulted in a bill being laid in Parliament that ensures nursery growers are treated equally to other agricultural businesses regarding business rates.The Non Domestic Rates (Nursery Grounds) Bill confirms that plant nurseries in England will be covered under the agricultural.....

Dutch nursery grows animal friendly lilies

Lilies of Life is a nursery that grows lilies and they are known for their rather odd employees. Lilies of Life has been a family business for many years.Gerben Ravensbergen, the owner of the company: “Our lilies symbolise our passion of life. With their colour, intensity and the unexpected, they enhance the.....

UK: Ashwood Nurseries win again

Ashwood Nurseries win again at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Show with a display of Ashwood Hybrid Hellebores shown months after their normal flowering season. The Hybrids are the result of many years of breeding by Kevin Butcher at Ashwood.Ashwood Hybrid Hellebores at RHS Chelsea ShowThe plants.....

US (CA): Sun Valley freesia returns

After a brief hiatus, Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, CA has resumed growing Freesia. They are only growing the white variety “Versailles” and it will be a year-round offering. Sun Valley CEO, Lane DeVries says, “Over the last year we received so many requests for our Freesia, we decided to bring the crop.....

US (HI): Volcano eruption may lead to local flower shortage

From tourism to farming, many industries are taking a big hit because of the eruption.What many don't know, President William Walter of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce says, is the impact it has on the floral industry. There are hundreds of floral farms and nurseries on the Big Island. "When you look.....

Video: Behind the scenes at Double Check Lily

Anton Spaargaren recently had a look behind the scenes at Double Check Lily. They visited the nursery together with their neighbours from Hilverda de Boer and had a nice time seeing how lilies are grown.For more information:Anton SpaargarenT +31 (0)297 - 515400F +31 (0)297 -.....

Kenya: Mount Elgon Orchards expands with 2ha

"The greenhouse is finished and the plants are being planted right now", says Bob Andersen of Mount Elgon Orchards (The Elgon Collection), who grows roses in Kitale at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. They added 2ha to their 41 ha greenhouse complex, which brings the total acreage under plastic.....
June 13, West Grove

US (PA): Star Roses and Plants hosts Open House

Star Roses and Plants is hosting its Open House on June 13 from 9AM to 3PM EST. Join them in West Grove, the nursery capital of Pennsylvania, to tour the trial gardens, container trials, and commercial comparisons. Meet the in-house breeding team and experience the demonstration garden. Lunch will be served.....

CAN (ON): Inside the Toronto’s spring rush of plant production

For the past couple of weeks, Griffin Mangroves’s office has been in bloom. On most days, the supervisor of the City of Toronto’s greenhouse operations leaves his downtown apartment and heads to High Park, located in the city’s west end. Nestled in the centre of the park is 40,000 square feet of greenhouse.....

"Growers can definitely replace screens themselves"

Replacing a screen cloth is not that difficult, according to Pieter Maes. "Especially when the installation is there, it is a matter of loosening clips, placing cloth on them and reattaching clips. A grower can handle that. "PM Textiles also supplies screen cloths directly to growers, without the.....

American Horticultural Society hands out awards

The 2018 AHS Great American Gardeners Awards have been announced. The individuals, organizations, and businesses who receive these national awards represent the best in American gardening. Liberty Hyde Bailey Award: Pierre BennerupGiven to an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to at.....

More than 100 types of herbs, throughout the year

Parsley, basil, mint and rosemary are herbs everyone knows, but do you also know santolina, anise hyssop or common salsify? Besides conventional herbs, there’s more and more interest in culinary herbs with varied flavours.Common salsify, also called oyster plant, has this name due to the salty flavour of its.....

Alexandra Farms started growing Wabara roses

"Many romantic roses are still undiscovered"

Garden roses are traditionally very popular for weddings. Brides love to include the white, pink, peach and pastel colored roses in their bouquet. Also at this year’s most bespoke wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, these romantic flowers also played a role. In her bouquet Meghan chose garden roses.....

China: Peony, an unlikely desert plant

53 hectares of peonies are owned by the Great Wall Water Supply Ltd. of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, which is testing the plantation of the flowers as an alternative desert plant."Ordinary desert plants like willow and date trees are effective to curb erosion and fight sandstorms, but it is difficult to.....

Bob Andersen, Mount Elgon Orchards:

Rose grower sounds alarm on global warming

"I have yet to meet a farmer who denies global warming. In Kenya alone, we have seen weather records broken every year for the past 5 years”, says grower Bob Andersen of Mount Elgon Orchards (The Elgon Collection), who grows roses in a 43ha farm in Kitale, Kenya. He sees the climate change as a very real.....

US (CO): Aggie Geranium connects campus eras

Just two weeks before he died, Carl Jorgensen visited a Fort Collins greenhouse to see a friend of 70 years.Jorgensen was 104 years old. Yet he instantly spotted the familiar geranium, with its bright, orangey-red blossoms.The throwback Colorado Aggie Geranium is blooming again after a collaboration between.....

US (IN): Still 'growing strong' after 120 years

Say “Cossairts” to anyone who grew up in Shelbyville, and they immediately think flowers.It’s no wonder, since the family has been in the flower business spanning three centuries and, now, five generations.But it wasn’t always that way.They started out as tobacco farmers in Vevay, said Jim Cossairt, a.....

Royal Parks

Grower 'over the moon' about supplying plants for royal wedding

VIDEO Royal Parks Nursery is a grower of bedding plants, which are shipped to various parks in and around London. Mike Jones, manager at Royal Parks, recalls how they were asked by the royals to present a list of plants they provide. The nursery sent it in, upon which it came back with a tick next to the plants.....

Australia: Hort Masterclass is boosting the modern manager’s skillset

The latest cohort of horticultural students are hitting the books for the 2018 Masterclass in Horticultural Business program, developed to equip Australian growers and business owners with high level leadership and business management skills specific to the horticultural industry.Proudly supported by the.....

CAN (NB): Extreme flood causes plants in nursery to swim

A flood due to heavy rains caused a lot of damage in Southern New Brunswick last week. In this area Scott’s Nursery Ltd is located. The 6-acre greenhouse grows several bedding plants, potted plants, seasonal crops and perennials and more. During the flood some plants were swimming. The water raised in the.....

"Karuturi owners sue to stop Stanbic from selling assets"

The owners of troubled Karuturi flower farm in Naivasha have now moved to court to stop the receiver manager from selling part of the company’s assets, The Star reports.In a statement by farm executive director Yeshoda Karuturi, the firm had filed a contempt of court case against Stanbic bank for initiating.....

US (CA): Congresswoman visits Sun Valley

When Rep. Julia Brownley visited The Sun Valley Group’s Oxnard, California, location on May 7, the congresswoman toured the company’s facility, met with employees, talked industry issues — and got a firsthand look at a very busy time in the life of a flower grower.“We got a call several days before from her.....

US (OH): Jeffers Greenhouse rebounds from fire

The Jeffers family had a rude awakening in the early morning hours of April 5. Their business was literally going up in smoke.The barn and some of the greenhouses of the family business — Jeffers Greenhouse — on the Lucas County side of the village was on fire due to an electrical fire which started in the.....