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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.....

US (MN): Family business expands with help of retiring greenhouse owners

When Bob and Caroline Nibbe started their strawberries and then their pumpkin patch, they thought it would be a way to augment the college funds for their four boys.They named their St. Mathias Road business BoysnBerries."They'll have very little debt coming out of college because of the pumpkin patch," Bob.....

"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.....

Colombian nursery growers visit Mexico

A group of 18 Colombian growers traveled to Mexico this week to make a tour of the main production areas of live plants, mainly in the state of Morelos. The initiative is part of the international agenda of the Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers (Colviveros).Ornamental plant theme park.....

US: 2018 Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship announced

Melissa Muñoz, a Master of Science student at Clemson University, was awarded the 2018 Paul Ecke Jr., Scholarship Award — a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 for two consecutive years). She will be continuing for her Ph.D. upon completion of her Masters degree.“There were a record number of applications for the.....

US (CA): The Central Coast is becoming a weed hotspot

Pot grows in California historically have been small scale, a result of prohibition as much as the cultivation demands of the plant. California's outlaw growers operated in rugged and hard-to-reach locations like Big Sur and Humboldt County's Mattole Valley.The tradition of modest grows was expected to.....

Climate screens let tropical orchids grow in Dutch cold

At the edge of the Dutch North Sea lies one of the largest orchid greenhouses in Europe. Svensson climate screens help to create ideal growing conditions for the thriving plants grown at Ter Laak Orchids.The sun blazes down on The Hague, the Netherlands. The wind that sweeps down from the North Sea almost.....

RHS London orchid show:

UK: Silver for Double H nurseries's displays with AGM Phalaenopsis

At the RHS London orchid show, Double H Nurseries picked up the silver floral award for their display. What’s special about their display was the fact that they were only showcasing their RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) phalaenopis. This award and the logo of this award is well known in the UK ornamental.....

US: Two students receive Altman Family Scholarships

Two students were awarded $5,000 scholarships from the 2018 Altman Family Scholarship Fund.Krishna Bhattarai, a Ph.D student at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, and Nathan Nordstedt, of The Ohio State University were both awarded the 2018 scholarship for their exemplary.....

NL: Hydrangea season started at Vollering Hydrangea

VIDEO At Dutch cut Hydrangea grower Vollering Hydrangea, the season has took off. With a surface of 71,000 m2 and more than 25 different varieties in their assortment, they are said to be the market leader in the Netherlands. During this time of the year, their greenhouse is forming a sea of color as their.....

Kenya: Union leader threatens with general flower farm strike

Central Organisation of Trade Union Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has asked the government to protect Oserian flower farm workers from exploitation and loss of jobs.The Cotu boss warned of a strike of all flower company workers in the country to protest “bad labour practices” at the Naivasha firm.Mr.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries reports growth in demand for specimen shrubs

Wyevale Nurseries has seen a growth in sales of its range of specimen shrubs and has increased its own production by 300% in the past three years.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford has created additional bed space on its nursery for specimen shrubs and has extended the range recently to include several native.....

US (IL): House Subcommittee head pays visit to Hortica

An influential congressman spent about an hour last week visiting a floral industry business. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois-13), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, requested the March 23 meeting at Hortica in Edwardsville, Illinois.Rep. Rodney Davis.....

US (MN): Family business continues to bloom

Inside five sun lit, climate-controlled greenhouses, seeds are being planted, roots are starting to set and plants are beginning to grow. There is even a bit of color from a few more mature flowers here and there.Staff and longtime owners Ron and Dianne Sikkila are all smiles as they toil in the.....

CAN (BC): Flowers a multigenerational affair for tulip festival growers

On a recent morning in Abbotsford, thousand of flowers on the verge of bursting into colour are being harvested by hand. The stems are bundled into bouquets and then transported to a grocery store.The process makes Peter Warmerdam smile and shake his head.“I never thought it would be like this,” said the.....

UK: Tristram Plants continues support of Community Playcentre

The Community Playcentre at Walberton is a purpose built childcare setting nestled in the heart of Walberton village. It caters for children from very young babies to secondary school age.Chilly plant sales at the Arundel Farmer’s MarketAt the heart of its ethos, the Community Playcentre is a charity.....

US (CA): CARC plans spring opening at Carlsbad greenhouse

Amy Calderon remembers when a new resident at CARC Inc. came to the greenhouse to work, and just sat for three months.She said many new clients at the residential facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities struggle to motivate themselves.But gradually, workers showed the man.....

US (MN): Grower uses hailstorm to upgrade greenhouse

Paul Knuth may be the only person in the greenhouse business to see a damaging hailstorm as a remarkable stroke of good luck.Fifteen years ago when his 15,000-square-foot production greenhouse space suffered severe hail damage; the Horticultural Supervisor at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in.....

Kenya: Floriculture turns around residents’ lives in Nyandarua

Nyandarua County farmers are banking on floriculture to improve their economic standing.At Njambini township in Kinangop constituency, tens of acres previously occupied by cabbages, carrots and potatoes are now blooming in blue, white, red and green colours.Farmers interviewed said floriculture has reduced.....

UK: DCF invests in the horticulturalists of tomorrow

Six students studying horticulture have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).As part of the DCF Scholarship Season, four students have received Student Scholarships with two students receiving the Floranova Scholarship and Markham-Colegrave Scholarship.....

Kenya: Oserian Flowers diversifies commercial activities

Oserian Development Company, one of the largest flower growers and exporters in Kenya has embarked upon a plan to diversify its commercial activities.Consequently, the farm has been subdivided and Change of use amended to Industrial, Commercial and Residential uses in support of the diversification.....

US (CA): The Snowball Viburnum season is open

Since Sun Valley grows flowers in many different micro-climates, they are able to bring several seasonal specialty crops to market each year. Right now is Snowball Viburnum season, the snow balls of spring. These grow on the farm in Willow Creek, CA., about 40 miles as a very ambitious crow flies inland from.....

Colombian plant growers to get nursery research center

Within the framework of its Second General Assembly held in Bogotá on March 21st, COLVIVEROS, the Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers, announced the creation of the Research Center for the Advancement of the Ornamental Nursery Industry (CENIVIVEROS).According to Jairo Cadavid, President.....

CAN (BC): Flower growers benefit from cannabis boom

Erin Nathanielsen had heard about a number of fellow flower growers across Canada selling or switching their businesses over to marijuana production, hoping to cash in when the drug is fully legalized.However, it wasn’t until a few months ago that she started noticing that the reduced number of competitors.....

NL: Princess Margriet to attend Holland Bulb Market’s 150-year anniversary

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will attend the 150th anniversary celebration of the Holland Bulb Market in Heiloo on Friday, April 20.The Dutch flower bulb company focuses on breeding new varieties of tulip, iris and amaryllis, and the cultivation and export of flower bulbs, cut flowers and plants......

US (OH): "It’s always sunny on this flower farm"

During this time of year, Morning Sun Flower Farm bursts with colors and fragrances. Sweet peas, tulips, daffodils and poppies in vibrant reds, pinks and yellows fill our fields.by Mindy Francis StatonI convinced my husband, Josh, to start this farm with me in 2015, after I attended a workshop led by.....

Dutch grower cultivates lisianthus with love

Montana Lisianthus is a greenhouse-nursery located in Poeldijk/Westland, between the sea and FloraHolland. Back in the 1990s Frank van Holst, once a crop advisor for Rockwool, had a dream: to start his own greenhouse-nursery. He had gotten his growers-nose (green thumb) from his parents, and after he had.....

US (WA): Holland America announces 2018 flower season

Holland America Flower Gardens recently announced that for 2018 there will be no Tulip Festival, with the garden instead focusing on what they are most known for — rows and rows of tulips.The 2018 season for Holland America officially started March 23 and will run until May 13, during which the show and.....

India: Flower & Plant Industry Excellence Awards winners announced

Numerous leading companies and professionals from the entire floriculture industry gathered at “Indian Flower & Plant Industry Excellence Awards” with the motive of networking and learning, concluded at The Orchid, Pune. The occasion drew industry pioneers, including experts from across India. The Award.....

Spain: Plantal ramps up high-tech Mandevilla Bella cuttings production

Plantal Producciones has expanded their company by 1 hectare. In total the company, located in Almeria, Spain, has an acreage of 15 hectares. Plantal Producciones grows mother plants of Kientzler’s variety Mandevilla Bella. “The expansion is the result of growing demand”, Lars van Steekelenburg explains......

US: Spring in Washington is a field of tulips

When the first 40,000 tulips arrived from Bloomia's Virginia greenhouses to CityCenterDC the snow had almost all melted. They finished arranging the field of tulips as the morning sky turned purple then orange.People were taking photos of the tulips before the first rays of sun even hit them.The fantastic.....

NL: Calimero santini is available again

Calimero santini is available again at Nursery De Landscheiding.Calimero is a well-known santini, available in various trendy colors. Because of the flower type and the size, Calimero is suitable for all kinds of arrangements: bouquets, bridal, bidders, classical stitches and trendy modern flower.....

CAN (QC): St-Lazare grower celebrates 50 years

The Van Egmond family today is continuing the long-held dream that their father (and grandfather), the late Jan Van Egmond, brought with him when he and his wife Catherine emigrated from the Netherlands in 1949.Van Egmond opened his first greenhouse in 1968, and today the business is recognized by.....

US (CA): San Diego Gardener tours Resendiz Brothers farm

Heeding the call of the San Diego Gardener, Resendiz Borthers opened their farm gate for the second year in a row to this enthusiastic group of passionate gardeners. With 2,150 plant species, San Diego County has more species of plants than any county in the contiguous United States. The geography of the.....

Six new farms earn American Grown certification

Six new flower farms have recently officially become Certified American Grown, joining a cadre of 45 certified farms nationwide. These farms vary in size and in the varieties of flowers they grow, from small urban flower farm to a large greenhouse farm that propagates 90 percent of the nation’s gerberas.The.....

Vietnam: Hasfarm hosts first edition of Floral Inspirations

Hasfarm Young Plants has organized its first edition of the Floral Inspirations, creating an occasion, based on trials evaluation and seminars, for breeders and Hasfarm Young Plants customers to get together.With the support and mutual interest of each of the players in the chain, the Hasfarm Young Plants’.....

March 30 - April 15, Dandenong Ranges

Australia: Tesselaar hosts KaBloom flower festival

Held on Tesselaar’s flower farm in the Dandenong Ranges, KaBloom will be an explosion of colour in nature, with waves of a million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden.Festivities begin with the delicious Chocomania Weekend (March 30 – April 2), with a visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts.....

John DeGroot:

"Greenhouse growers’ skills can be easily copied by a homeowner"

"Greenhouse operators who specialize in growing bedding plants run full tilt during March and April. By the end of April we relax only a bit, giving new plants time to grow in anticipation of the busy selling season which unofficially begins on Victoria Day weekend", writes John DeGroot for the Sarnia.....

Video: A look behind the scenes at SK Roses

The team from Anton Spaargaren have visited the brand new greenhouse of one of their partners: SK Roses. Take a look behind the scenes and explore the world of SK Roses in the video the Anton Spaargaren team shot at the grower.For more information:Anton SpaargarenT +31 (0)297 - 515400F +31 (0)297 -.....

US (VA): Dutch ambassador visits Orange County flower grower

On a small stage at Orange County’s Battlefield Farms, surrounded by tulips, hydrangeas and pansies, the Dutch ambassador to the U.S. said he admires America’s can-do entrepreneurial spirit.“The tendency here in your country is to always see the glass half full,” said Netherlands Ambassador Henne Schuwer as.....

UK: Emma McFarline receives Floranova Scholarship

Horticultural student Emma McFarline is this year’s recipient of the Floranova Scholarship, awarded by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). This annual award of £1,500 is made to a student with proven merit who is keen to pursue a research career in the horticultural industry.Emma, from Omagh in County.....

Wyevale Nurseries

British nursery sees highest sales week in history

Members of staff at Wyevale Nurseries are celebrating this week after announcing its highest sales week in the company’s history.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford beat its previous record breaking sales week, which was in 2008 by 17%. Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We are.....