Looking back on SAFGA Growers’ Day

The SAFGA (South African Flower Growers’ Association) held a growers’ day visiting Oasis Floral Products and Malanseuns, South Africa, on July 26, 2023. This networking event was held to promote interactions with stakeholders in the floral industry.

The official start of the day was at the Oasis facility in Silverton, Pretoria. A group of 30 consisting of flower growers and their staff attended the visit, where Elro Braak, Rick Mason, and Eldene Mason welcomed the visitors. Eldene gave a short history of her father’s contribution to the floral industry as a grower, floral designer, and the innovative introduction of Oasis Floral Foam. Elro and Rick then took the group for a tour through the factory, where they could see the end products and their various uses. Floralife and all its benefits was also highlighted, and those growers already using it could testify to its benefits. The visitors were treated to refreshments before they left.

Next up was a visit to Malanseuns Pleasure Plants, a world leader in growing and distributing of ornamental plants. Malanseuns celebrated their 110 birthdays on July 26, 2023, and hosted us on their Trade Day in preparation for Spring. On this trade day, Malanseuns, together with 50 other exhibitors, showcased their products. Many production questions were answered, and information was exchanged.

Mr. Jimie Malan welcomes SAFGA at the nursery in Pretoria North. Mr. Jacques Malan explained the long road Malanseuns took to be successful in the South African market. Highlighting all the challenges over the years Malanseuns had to overcome to be successful. Malanseuns Pleasure Plants will continue to grow and distribute the very best plants and flowers, enhancing gardens and bringing pleasure and joy to all the citizens of South Africa for generations to come.

Malanseuns also mentioned new varieties, such as agapanthus “Black Jack,” and pointed out there are a few other exciting varieties of garden plants coming out this year. They will definitely be showstoppers. The talks ended, and everyone was treated to a wonderful spit braai (spit roast) lunch.

The successful event ended with a walkabout on the premises of the Malanseuns, appreciating all the beautiful plant decorations, exhibitions, displays, and demonstrations.

SAFGA encourages new and old growers, suppliers, and participants in the Horticultural industry to become members and make use of the network advantages SAFGA can offer.

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