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KFC Chairman elected President of Union Fleurs

The Kenya Flower Council has been elected to hold the Presidency of the Union Fleurs for 2 years.Kenya Flower Council Board of Directors Chairman, Mr. Richard Fox is now the president of Union Fleurs, where the Council is a member, following an election held during the Union Fleurs General Assembly in San.....

US: Most popular flowers in every state

Sales at U.S. nursery and garden stores were estimated at $40 billion in 2017. Meanwhile, Americans spent almost $27 billion on floral products (80% of the flowers sold by florists were imported).It’s clear that Americans like to grow and give and get flowers. But which flowers do they like the best? Now.....

American Grown puts spotlight on Southeast Asia and China in 2018

Over the past year, Certified American Grown (CAG) has secured federal grant funds through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to develop export markets for American Grown Flowers.In 2017, Certified American Grown conducted a comprehensive assessment in China, determining the Chinese market potential.....

US: New product alleviates ethylene damage

Ethylene damage is one of the most important factors contributing to shrinkage at retail stores. During shipping and retail conditions, plants are exposed to high levels of ethylene which can cause flower bud abortion, petal shatter, and leaf yellowing, leaving retail stores with reduced quality plants and.....

US (CA): Chefs and growers push petals into the mainstream

Flowers have long been used by chefs as a quick and colorful way to add flair to a dish, but in recent years the culinary obsession with flowers has reached full bloom.Peter Jacobsen has been growing edible flowers for 35 years. In the early days, Jacobsen didn’t give much thought to flowers, viewing them.....

Hydrangea: April 2018 Houseplant of the Month

Almost everyone associates the light and sweetly fragranced hydrangea with the long, light days of spring. It’s a very popular houseplant with large round umbels bursting with star-shaped flowers in fabulous colours that bloom profusely for a long time. The plant offers a decorative, cheerful and rich.....

"Hedges, edges and everything in-between"

The recently held Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show provided a showcase for the versatility and popularity of the Fairy Magnolias series from Tesselaar Plants.This series of Michelia hybrids (now part of the Magnolia family) bred by Magnolia breeder Mark Jury (with 3 colours in the range) can.....

Over 1,200 stores plan to celebrate American Grown Flowers Month

In 2017, Congress passed a resolution declaring July “American Grown Flowers Month” to recognize the economic and cultural impact of America’s cut flower and greens farmers. To spread the word about American Grown Flowers Month, Certified American Grown is working with farmers and retailers nationwide on.....

Zen plants: May Houseplants of the Month

Bonsai, Ficus Ginseng and Dracaena lucky bamboo all have powerful shapes, natural strength and a stylised appearance. All three fit well with the growing interest in bringing more calm and meaning to our lives. They’re also perfect feature plants in the minimalist interior trend which is still very popular......

US (OR): Grower launches consumer app

Oregon Flowers is a family run business which opened its doors in Aurora, Oregon by Dutch immigrants Martin and Helene Meskers in 1985. Since then, the company has focused on growing cut flowers, specifically lilies, calla lilies and tulips as well as seasonal field flowers in Dutch glass greenhouses and.....

US: 15,000 tulips to celebrate Dutch Tulip Days

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will celebrate Dutch Tulip Days 2018 at the residence of Ambassador Henne Schuwer, April 18-20, with a series of special events highlighting the US-Dutch relationship in horticulture, trade, and international relations.Ten thousand tulips and a hundred orchids in.....

The Calla will be in the Flower Agenda in May

The Flower Agenda will focus on the elegant Calla Lily in May. Customers can read all about this flower that combines style, simplicity and cheerfulness.OriginThe Calla used to go by the impressive name of the Ethiopian arum lily. It originates from an area extending from South Africa to Malawi, where it.....

Netherlands: Celosia season gets underway

It is the start of the Dutch Celosia Season. To celebrate this, OZ Export placed a colourful Celosia collection in their Flower Pitch this week. Celosias represent boldness and have an extraordinary shape. A perfect way to encourage someone, is to surprise them with a Celosia gift.Feiko Sonneveld nurseryWhen.....
Ed Bravo, FNGLA President:

"It's good to be a grower again"

It’s good to be a grower again! Spring is upon us with a vengeance. Throughout most of our state, homeowners are cleaning up winter’s damage to their landscapes. Folks are replanting or enhancing their properties with a variety of flowering plants, trees, shrubs and palms. They are replacing damaged turf.....

Spring is in the air at Keukenhof

Keukenhof's opening is drawing near. Staff at the tulip garden have spent recent months properly preparing everything. Thanks to the well over 100 suppliers, 500 flower growers and 40 gardeners, Keukenhof will this year, once again, provide a showcase for the Dutch floriculture sector. Keukenhof’s 2018 theme.....

Uganda: Wagagai organizes Kids Day 2018

Wagagai recently had their first Wagagai Kids Day 2018. "We are very proud and humbled with the result", says Olav Boenders, CEO of Wagagai. Over 1,000 kids with parents from the surrounding neighborhood came to the Wagagai sports field for a fun day, that was organized just for them.During the day there was.....

Ecuadorian roses for Chinese female passengers on Women's Day

Thousands of Chinese female passengers received Ecuadorian roses on International Women's Day, as part of an initiative that for the third consecutive year unites the South American country with China Southern Airline on this date.Since its launch in 2016, the campaign takes place under a different theme,.....

Certification responds to increasing demand for sustainability

The consumers’ demands for fair, reliable and sustainably produced flowers and plants continue to increase. Retailers, including the major international supermarkets, garden centres, DIY stores and e-commerce companies, keep imposing more sustainability requirements on growers. How can you respond to these.....

Four ways Proven Winners supports growers

When the Proven Winners brand debuted in 1992, its goal was to serve professional growers by developing and propagating innovative, superior plants. The next steps included the two other vital links — programs and products for garden retailers, and extensive consumer marketing to create demand for the.....

Warja Abrosimova, Dekker Chrysanten

Slavic men suffer from Women's Day stress

There's no place where International Women's Day is celebrated as widely as in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the surrounding countries. Warja Abrosimova, marketing manager Eastern Europe at Dekker Chrystanen, tells us all about the societal, economical and (for the male of the species) psychological effects.....

John Elstgeest, Flower Circus:

Women's Day: "Russian market is growing up"

Today is International Women's Day. In Russia, this is celebrated in a grand fashion, with flowers. A nice bouquet for the wife, girlfriend, mother, colleague and neighbour: on Women's Day, the Russian man gives flowers to almost every woman in his life. Like every year, John Elstgeest of Flower Circus is in.....

US (CA): The American Tulip Day triumph

Last Saturday, in partnership with iBulb and Anthos, Sun Valley brought 100,000 tulips to Union Square in downtown San Francisco to celebrate the inaugural American Tulip Day. This effort was spearheaded by Dutch bulb exporters to promote tulips in the United States. Modeled on a similar tradition in the.....

US (NY): FTD gives away 10,000 bouquets for Women's Day

FTD is hosting the #PetalsForProgress Flower Market floral pop-up event in partnership with Popsugar, a global lifestyle media company, in honor of International Women’s Day in New York City on Thursday, March 8. FTD is handing out 10,000 custom bouquets. Attendees will see live floral demonstrations and.....

March 21-25, Melbourne

Australia: Packed program at Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Immerse your senses at the 23rd annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, hosted in the exquisite heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens from 21-25 March 2018. Featuring the best landscape and floral talent that Australia has to offer alongside an extensive array of garden.....

US: Star Roses and Plants launches Knock Out Rose website

Star Roses and Plants has launched its new website, TheKnockOutRose.com. Key features of the new website include comprehensive FAQ’s, how-to-tips, gardening inspiration and a retailer finder. “As one of the most popular rose brands sold in North America, we designed the website to offer features and content.....

All-America Selections partners with The Perfect Plant

All-America Selections, in a new partnership to benefit retail garden centers, now has AAS Winners featured in The Perfect Plant’s website and in-store kiosk plant database.“We are very appreciative to All-America Selections for making The Perfect Plant a part of their new marketing initiatives,” says Ken.....

US: Bloomia opens pop-up shop in Washington D.C.

Bloomia is opening BloomiaMarket, their first-ever pop-up shop in Washington D.C., from March 15 to April 15 at CityCenterDC.Putting the cherry on top, they are proud sponsors of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a D.C. event that attracts more than 1.5 million people from around the world.BloomiaMarket.....

Astana-Expo joins Association of landscapers of Kazakhstan

This year in February the exhibition company Astana-Expo КS joined the Association of landscapers of Kazakhstan with the exhibition brand AstanaFloraExpo. This cooperation will promote productive development and promotion of the floristic branch of Kazakhstan.For more information:Astana Flora.....

UK: Indoor Garden Design, with IKEA, to exhibit at Chelsea

Award-winning Indoor Garden Design announces Plants Work, an innovative open-plan home office installation, situated within the Discovery area of The Grand Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The exhibit demonstrates the beauty of plants in the home and working environment, and highlights their.....

Proven Winners partners with North American flower shows

While growers and retailers stock up on the three National Plants of the Year for 2018, Proven Winners is supporting them by driving consumer demand at consumer flower shows across North America. They have partnered with four prominent consumer flower shows in Philadelphia, Chicago, Grand Rapids and Toronto.....

India: New varieties to attract tourists to Tulip Garden

The state Jammu and Kashmir government is expecting a boost in tourism inflow with 50 varieties added to the Tulip Garden that is set to open at the end of March.The Floriculture Department has planted around 50 varieties of tulips on 200 kanals of land [900,000 sq.ft.] at the garden this year. In addition.....

NL: Dümmen Orange unveils new stand at World Horti Center

Dümmen Orange will be presenting its new stand at the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk from 7 March 2018.At the heart of the Westland area, visitors from the Netherlands and abroad can now meet representatives of Dümmen Orange. The Dümmen Orange stand offers opportunities to network and meet new and existing.....

Asocolflores:

"You can give Colombian flowers to your sweetheart guilt-free"

Asocolflores, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, contacted The Washington Post this week to refute claims made by a representative of a nonprofit organization that Asocolflores argued “showed little knowledge about the cut flower industry in Colombia.”“Colombian labor legislation is strict and.....

Australia: Ben Peacock discusses 202020 Vision, Plant Life Balance

Nursery industry participants from across the country will converge on Hobart for three big days of updates, workshops and networking at the 2018 Nursery Garden Industry National Conference & Exhibition being held from 19-21 February.The conference includes a variety of informative presentations from.....

Patio plant for 2018: Agapanthus

Agapanthus is the Patio Plant for 2018. The ‘Patio Plant of the Year’ is an initiative from the Flower Council of Holland. Every year a media jury made up of editors of lifestyle, interiors and garden magazines, vloggers and bloggers examine 10 candidates at the Flower Council’s request to pick the.....

From niche to ultra niche

Ultra-niche crops are exceptionally high-value crops that can be grown on ten acres or less. To teach new and beginning farmers about the cultivation, marketing, and business management of 10 "ultra-niche" crops, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, runs a USDA-funded project. Jenny S. Carleo,.....

Colombia: Alexandra Farms adds new varieties, updates look

As of January of this year all of Alexandra Farms' shipments to the USA are being packed in new packaging that features their new logo. They will be transitioning all of their other markets, communications, web pages, social media accounts and everything else over to this new look.New packaging for the.....

US: AFE annual report features new projects, industry programs

The American Floral Endowment released its annual report, which details the successes accomplished and funding received for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.Highlights include:#FlowerLoveVideoContest – initiative that encouraged flower lovers to create fun videos to be eligible to win one of three monetary prizes......

US: AFE educational grant applications due June 1

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is now accepting applications for educational grants for 2018.Applications are available online and must be submitted by the deadline of June 1.Educational grants help fund programs that are wide-reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and.....

US: Infographics illustrate benefits of indoor plants

Indoor plants where we live, learn, heal and work have far reaching positive effects on our well-being and indoor environment, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH).This new series of four #PlantsDoThat Inside infographics focuses on the multitude of ways.....

Philippines: Flower parade draws TV stars, big crowd

Stars were aplenty in Baguio City on Sunday. In contrast, hardly anyone from their industry attended the 32nd anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, Inquirer News reports.The Grand Float Parade of this year’s Panagbenga (the Baguio Flower Festival) drew hundreds of tourists to the summer capital,.....

UK: Co-op Group goes 100% Fairtrade on African roses

The Co-op Group has become the first retailer to only use 100% Fairtrade roses in all of its flower bouquets, when sourced from Africa.The retailer is the first to sign up to the new international Fairtrade Sourcing Ingredients model for flowers, which allows businesses to commit to sourcing one or more.....