Friday, August 23, 2019

Netherlands: Van der Wilt Gerbera’s back in business after tornado

In December 2018, a tornado left a trail of destruction at Van der Wilt Gebera's. The following six months were all about repairing the greenhouse. That resulted in the replacement of 7,000 panes, 19 km of drainage gutters, 16,000 m2 of cultivation system, 110 km of wires, 16,000 m2 of screens, and 2,000…

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US (FL): Miami's gateway reputation continues to grow in floral

As increased cut-flower shipments arrive daily at Miami International Airport (MIA), the airport continues to strengthen its established reputation as the premier floral gateway in the U.S. for flowers exported worldwide. Cut flowers represent MIA’s top import commodity, with 2018 airport statistics…

Léon Lankester, AAB:

"Geothermal energy will become commonplace sooner than we think"

Although geothermal energy, biomass power plants and other alternative energy sources have received a lot of attention since the recently concluded Climate Agreement , it has been the focus of attention within the horticultural sector for much longer. "Actually, for years growers have kept innovating for…

October 2-4, Zundert

Netherlands: Local tea at international trade fair GrootGroenPlus

For the 29th edition of trade fair, GrootGroenPlus decided to cooperate with Johan Jansen of Special Plant Zundert. He developed the first Dutch tea: the JOAN dutch tea maker tea collection. This tea comes from tea plantations in Zundert; where the international trade fair for tree nurseries will be…

"Protect your business and personal property"

It’s not uncommon for a garden center, greenhouse, or nursery owner to have their personal residence on the same property as their business. If that’s your situation, protecting your personal property is a little easier thanks to a special coverage plan from Hortica. HortAdvantageHome is designed for…

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US (CA): Dramm and Echter announces rebrand

Dramm and Echter unveiled a new logo and the business’ rebrand to Dramm Echter Farms. The comprehensive rebrand comes after a year of transformation to stay abreast of the…

Breeders are racing to develop plants that flower again and again

Robert “Buddy” Lee has been a grower of wholesale plants and a registered nurse over the years, but his one abiding preoccupation has been his need to find a spring-flowering azalea that blooms through summer and fall. More than 40 years ago, from his fields in southern Louisiana, this was a lonely…

Netherlands: New colors and concepts at Cyclamen Open Days and Retail Week

From week 43 up to and including week 45, Schoneveld Breeding organizes its annual Cyclamen Open Days. Visitors from all over the world come to the brand new PlantXperience, where they are included in the story of Cyclamen Super Serie. In addition to their Cyclamen range, the breeder shows novelties, new…

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UK: GCA members look for ways to reduce plastic waste

The Garden Centre Association are encouraging their members to do what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Two of its member centres recently worked with Herefordshire and Worcestershire authorities to get non-black PP plastic pots and trays accepted in household and kerbside…

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Cities taking re-greening of urban landscapes to great heights

Cities around the world, such as Singapore, Milan and London, are taking re-greening of urban landscapes to great heights – literally. The trend for vertical planting is starting to grow in popularity and is not just for large urban displays, they can add wonderful interest to domestic gardens. It’s…

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US: New heucherella provides year-round 'Peach tea' color

As with all of Terra Nova Nurseries’ varieties, Heucherella ‘Peach tea’ was conceived through ingenious flower breeding and tireless laboratory research. With 25 different varieties of heucherella, Terra Nova has been dedicated to innovation by way of genetics; each variety is bred to flourish in some of…

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US (WA): Washington Flowers Project promotes local flowers

In recent years, however, the floral landscape has changed. Yes, tulips are beloved and important to growers in the state. But a renaissance in cut-flower agriculture, combined with a groundswell of consumer interest in local and seasonal food – as well as floral choices – has led to diversification of…

US (CA): Dramm and Echter announces rebrand

Dramm and Echter unveiled a new logo and the business’ rebrand to Dramm Echter Farms. The comprehensive rebrand comes after a year of transformation to stay abreast of the…

UK: Could social media save lavender?

Owners are concerned about bacterium Xylella, which could destroy entire lavender fields, just as it has thousands of olive groves in Italy. By the end of August, the UK’s lavender fields will have been harvested, with the essential oil – long known for its health and wellbeing benefits – going on to…

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Montis automates again with WPS

NL: Making shipping orders more efficient

Montis has chosen again for WPS to automate their greenhouse at a new location in Moerkapelle, the Netherlands. Left to right: Nico van de Berg (Montis), Niels van de Berg (Montis), René Zoutendijk (WPS), Maarten van der Gaarden (WPS). Being raised in a grower family and dealing with a variety of crops,…

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US (CA): Sonoma County increases ornamental sales by 74.2%

Sonoma County (California) has presented its 2018 Crop Report. The reported total value for 2018 was $1,106,662,100, which represents a 24% increase from the 2017 value of $894,182,900 and is the first time in history that the gross value of agricultural commodities produced in Sonoma County has exceeded…

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The challenges of managing pests and diseases in retail settings

Greenhouse growers work tirelessly each year to produce high-quality plants for spring sales. Of all of the different factors involved in growing bedding plants, pest and disease management is one of the most important. Though monitoring for pests and diseases and taking corrective action ends at…

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A preserved rose flower tribute to Takashi Murakami

Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami’s flowers are his most recognizable motif. With twelve petals and a bright, beaming smile, this daisy flower design has been featured everywhere from the Versailles Palace to Vans sneakers. Jet Fresh Flower Distributors made a special floral tribute to…

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September 11-13, Beijing

Costa Farms’ Far East Division VP to speak at World Ornamental Horticulture Summit

Over the past 11 years, Fabian Saenz has made it his mission to expand one grower’s global business into China. Saenz, vice president of Costa Farms’ Far East Division in Guangzhou China, will share his journey and the company's challenges along the way at the World Ornamental Horticulture Summit taking…

Climbing stairs for charity... in full firefighter gear

Although the activities of Genesis Horticultural Solutions keep Australian consultant Tony Bundock pretty busy, he still considers it important to put something back into the local community. “I am now approaching my 30th year as a Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighter, which sees me respond to…

October 2-4, Zundert

Netherlands: Local tea at international trade fair GrootGroenPlus

For the 29th edition of trade fair, GrootGroenPlus decided to cooperate with Johan Jansen of Special Plant Zundert. He developed the first Dutch tea: the JOAN dutch tea maker tea collection. This tea comes from tea plantations in Zundert; where the international trade fair for tree nurseries will be…

Netherlands: New colors and concepts at Cyclamen Open Days and Retail Week

From week 43 up to and including week 45, Schoneveld Breeding organizes its annual Cyclamen Open Days. Visitors from all over the world come to the brand new PlantXperience, where they are included in the story of Cyclamen Super Serie. In addition to their Cyclamen range, the breeder shows novelties, new…

Company news more »

"Protect your business and personal property"

It’s not uncommon for a garden center, greenhouse, or nursery owner to have their personal residence on the same property as their business. If that’s your situation, protecting your personal property is a little easier thanks to a special coverage plan from Hortica. HortAdvantageHome is designed for…

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Week 34 updates - Heuchera Plug and P9 Trolley deals https://t.co/NFLllyp7g2 pic.twitter.com/x5D2nTisXS — Neil Alcock (@NeilAlcock) August 23, 2019

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US (FL): Miami's gateway reputation continues to grow in floral

As increased cut-flower shipments arrive daily at Miami International Airport (MIA), the airport continues to strengthen its established reputation as the premier floral gateway in the U.S. for flowers exported worldwide. Cut flowers represent MIA’s top import commodity, with 2018 airport statistics…

Ethiopian launches cargo flights to Bangkok & Hanoi

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has started once weekly freighter service to Bangkok, Thailand and Hanoi, Vietnam as of August 16, 2019. Regarding the new service, Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “Our new cargo service to Bangkok and Hanoi will supplement the daily…

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