Grower in the spotlight

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…

US: AFE awards more than $42,000 in 2019 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 15 students with scholarships totaling $42,300. Seventy-four applications were received for this 2019 scholarship cycle. "We had many outstanding students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to two recipients," said…

Ethiopia: Flower company looking to expand from 60 to 100 hectares

Hansa Flowers, the second biggest flower producer and exporter company in Ethiopia, says it has been engaged in various corporate social responsibility activities that benefit the local community. The company manager Franklin Thomas said Hansa Flower has invested $200,000 birr [7,000 USD] and built an…

UK: Cornish alstroemeria grower delivers direct to consumers

Kernow Alstroemeria was born out of Lanoyce Nurseries, the UK's largest Alstroemeria grower who supply national retailers and the UK wholesale market. For over 20 years Lanoyce has been supplying nearly 4 million stems annually to the market. In fact, the site has been owned and farmed by the same family…

Bangladesh: Gerberas bring boon for youth in Faridpur

A Gerbera flower garden in Godadhordangi village under Aliabad union of Faridpur Sadar upazila brings bright prospect for Liaquat Hossain. The twenty-eight-year-old first planted 7,000 seedlings on 60 decimals of his own land by collecting those from India in August 2018. Upon completing his…

US (CA): "Perfect growing conditions for hydrangea"

Summer in Arcata, California brings foggy mornings, dry afternoons and chilly evenings, the perfect growing conditions for hydrangea. Sales Rep. extraordinaire Laura Wright poses with some freshly picked Sun Valley hydrangea This season Sun Valley is focusing on two varieties: Amethyst and Opal. With…

German grower becomes a member of Decorum

As of September 1st, a new member will join the Decorum growers' association, namely Eurofleurs-Elbers from Kevelaer, Germany. This grower is specialized in growing Calluna and Erica Gracilis. Eurofleurs-Elbers has just started delivering these popular autumn products. The Calluna and Erica are grown in…

Ecuador: Fall colors popping in Arbusta's lily greenhouse

We are still in the middle of the summer season, but at Grupo Arbusta, fall colors are popping in their lily greenhouse. On 70 ha in Cayambe, this Ecuadorian farm - one of the country's oldest - grows roses (35 ha), carnation (20 ha) and lilies (10 ha), that they mainly export to the US. Fall is one of…

cooperation Griffoen Wassenaar and Modiform

Dutch grower to supply plants in pots & trays made from recycled refrigerators and consumer waste

From spring next year onwards, Dutch plant grower Griffioen Wassenaar will be supplying perennials in pots and trays made of 100% recycled plastic. This avoids new plastics to get into the productionchain. Due to the Modiform´s ‘designed to recycle’-principle both pots and trays will be fit for re-use.…

UK: What it's like to run an ethical flower farm

Tiff Corbett, aged 45, and Emily Westall,42, have set up The Shropshire Flower Company to champion British blooms. From their flower farm in Leebotwood, near Church Stretton, they offer a homegrown and ethical alternative to imported bunches. “There is a growing desire for local provenance in food and…

US (TX): Pick-your-own tulip field coming to San Antonio

Texas Tulips' newest field is currently underway at 15122 FM 775 in La Vernia, about 30 miles west of downtown San Antonio. The operation allows patrons to stroll through massive rows of tulips and cut their own flowers from a field of thousands of blooms. According to owner Pieter Koeman, Texas Tulips…

US (CA): Cal Poly Pomona partners with TreeTown USA for internships in SoCal nurseries

How important are internships in shaping students’ future endeavors? This summer, three students from the Cal Poly Pomona Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture participated in a rotational internship program developed by wholesale nursery giant TreeSap Farms, doing business as TreeTown USA. The interns…

CAN (ON): Call for donations after 30-40 migrant workers displaced by greenhouse fire

No one was injured in all the destruction resulting from Saturday's greenhouse fire in St. Catharines, but the flames spread to four of five residential buildings that housed…

Kenya: Equinox gives neighboring villages access to clean drinking water

The residents of the Gachuiro area, at the foot of Mount Kenya, get their clean drinking water from the Ontulili River. Water pipes bring the water from this river to several villages in the area. However, when drought strikes the water taps run dry and when the drought persists, even the river can run…

Growing edible flowers in Ukraine

A couple of years ago there appeared dishes with edible flowers on restaurants’ menus. Some Ukrainians have used this trend to build a new source of income, they grow edible flowers for sale. Manager of TM Zelen Mr. Yuriy Roman (Kamenka of Cherkasy region), has shared the details of the business…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

Shaping the future of high value horticulture in Ethiopia

With an ever-increasing demand for cutting edge innovative technologies in horticultural crops production in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) and Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute (EBTI) are jointly moving ahead to establish a win-win partnership. With a projection…

US: Spring Meadow Nursery and Deppe Family recognized for commitment to HRI

The Deppe Family and Spring Meadow Nursery were given a milestone recognition for commitment to Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) at Cultivate ‘19 on Saturday, July 13, 2019. HRI has been progressing the horticulture industry by funding scientific research for almost 60 years. HRI states they,…

Jose Azout, Alexandra farms: "October is our biggest month now"

Wedding season moves from summer to fall

The wedding season is on! Or not? According to Colombian garden cut rose grower Jose Azout of Alexandra Farms, more and more weddings are being moved to fall and also this year, it has been a bit slow so far. "No longer the 20% increase we had seen in the past", he says. October the biggest month now The…

US (CA): Pioneering orchid grower brings beauty to the world

Imagine 64 football fields of thriving orchids — millions creating a colorful kaleidoscope. Matsui Nursery, headquartered near Salinas, Calif., sells more than 3 million orchids annually, making it one of the world’s larger potted orchid growers. In California, their greenhouses in production encompass…

UK: Nursery already preparing for Chelsea 2020

Submissions for gardens for Chelsea 2020 were submitted to the RHS selection panel at the end of June, and all of the potential designers are now anxiously awaiting the RHS’s decision as to “who’s in” and “who’s out”. Kelways currently have been asked to grow for 10 potential gardens, but when the…

This year farmer Ms. Yulia Shelemekh is planning to expand berry production and start growing cucumbers in the greenhouse

Russia: Karelian farmer is expanding strawberry and tulip production

The entrepreneur has planted 45 tulip bulbs of 23 varieties for the season. She also grows garden strawberries. This year Ms. Shelemekh is planning to expand the berry production to 12 ha and 35 varieties. When warmer weather sets in, Ms. Shelemekh is going to plant cucumbers on the acreage of 400 square…

South Central Growers switches to HydraFiber

"We are able to keep the greenhouse cleaner"

South Central Growers, established in 1979, currently has 1,030,354 sq.ft. of environmentally controlled space and 700,000 sq.ft. of outdoor growing space. They grow flowering annuals, hardy mums, and poinsettias for mass merchants and home improvement retailers. Looking for an alternative to perlite,…

UK: Growing 100 percent peat free

Being peat free has been one of the highest priorities for Allwoods, but it has taken them much longer than they thought it would. The company first started moving to peat free composts over 10 years ago when they changed growing their young plug plants, they trialed various plug products and found the…

Piet Kelderman, Finlays

Kenya: Bouquets packed at source add value for growers

"With the rose production in Kenya having increased, growers need to make sure they won't become interchangeable. Making bouquets is a way to secure their position", says Piet Kelderman, Commercial Manager at Finlays. This Kenyan rose farm that produces a large variety of flowers at their three farms…

US (KS): Greenhouse business rebuilding after tornado wipeout

Rebuilding is underway at Free State Growers more than two months after a devastating tornado ripped through Leavenworth County. The EF-4 tornado wiped out most of the greenhouse business on May 28. Owner Mark Illausky estimates they lost almost 10 acres of greenhouse space. “We probably lost about 90%…

Spring Meadow’s Dale Deppe receives Horticulture Industries Leadership Award

Dale Deppe, owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, was presented a Horticulture Industries Leadership Award (HILA) at a special dinner and presentation ceremony, Sunday, July 14, during the Cultivate 2019 conference in Columbus, OH. Dale accepting the award. Photo credit: Kimberly Rottmayer, Picture the Love…

UK: Newcastle Emlyn flower farm stages open day

A Newcastle Emlyn flower farm is hosting an open day as part of the Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend. Sara Redman will throw open the gates to her gardens at The Flower Meadow, Llain Manal, Penrhiwpal, on Saturday, August 17 from 10am-4pm as part of the scheme. Sara has been at Llain Manal since 2015 and…

US (NC): Student builds greenhouse to protect Venus flytrap

Biology major, Jessica Roach, is fascinated by the Venus flytrap and she has taken action to protect this vulnerable plant species indigenous to southeastern North Carolina. The flytrap is frequently poached in the Cape Fear area — a federal crime — and Roach decided that she had had enough. Last…

"It's not the type of product that you can breed in one year and then auction the next"

“Gloriosa is a flower that you often see in bridal bouquets, funeral floral arrangements and everything in between”, says grower Wim Brouwer. He cultivates this beautiful flower in Nootdorp, in the province of South Holland. He took over the nursery from his father, who started with the cultivation of…

NL: Caparis nursery 90 years

In Drachten, Friesland, one can find the remotely situated (for a greenhouse horticulture company) nursery Caparis Hederaculturen. Since 2002, dozens of varieties of hedera are grown at this location, by employees who face difficulty on the labour market. There is a party this month as the plant supplier celebrates its 90th…

US (MN): Duluth couple's flower farm a blossoming family biz

Derek Hoffbauer grew up growing vegetables on his family’s farm. As an adult, he traded the sweet corn, beans and potatoes for dahlias, sunflowers and peonies. He and his wife, Brook, run Duluth Flower Farm. What started as a cut-flower business has evolved into a year-round florist and wreath operation.…

UK: Celebrating over 100 years of service at Ashwood Nurseries

Husband and wife team Tony and Barbara Cartwright are celebrating over 100 years of combined service at Ashwood Nurseries. Both have been honoured with a Long Service Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for 50 years of service to horticulture. Nursery owner John Massey VMH presented Barbara…

Jet Fresh Flower Growers’ 2019 Kite Contest

On August 7, 2019, Ecuadorian rose farm Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. hosted our first 2019 Kite Contest. A summer Ecuadorian tradition, their team shared a fun team-building experience making and flying kites, competing for the titles of Highest Flight and the Most Creative. Twenty teams were given…

Georgia-based company is one of fewer than 100 North American growers to receive MPS-ABC certificate

US (GA): McCorkle Nurseries receives international certification for sustainable growing practices

​McCorkle Nurseries’ commitment to sustainable and environmentally-responsible growing practices has been recognized by MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) with an MPS-ABC certificate, one of the first awarded in North America. This environmental certificate is recognized as the international standard…

Eternal Flowers produces own pest control products, fertilizers:

Ecuadorian grower goes for 100% organic

"If we can do it, why can't chemical suppliers?" says Adrian Moreno of Eternal Flower. This Ecuadorian Gypsophila and Hypericum grower invested years in producing their own organic fertilizers and pesticides. "I think it is good that everyone in the industry sees that it is possible to be a 100% organic…

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,…

Tambuzi Roses featured in Phillipa Craddock's podcast

"Maggie’s story will undoubtedly change the way you think about buying flowers"

In a series of podcasts, Philippa Craddock - the florist who created flower arrangements for the British royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - talks with several people with design, flowers, plants, fragrance and well being at the core. Her latest guest is Maggie Hobbs of Kenyan farm Tambuzi…

US (NC): "Vigilance keeps Kawahara Nurseries on top"

Kawahara Nurseries spans 1,500,000 square feet of controlled environment agriculture at its two facilities in Northern California. The company is highly regarded for reliably producing more than 10,000 varieties of premium annuals, perennials and edibles in quart and gallon sizes. Grower Assistant Amanda…

SandPro Growers new at Alkemade International

Since a couple of months ago, a new grower from Kenya: SandPro Growers is offering its line of products at the major Dutch auctions. Unpacked and processed for auction by Alkemade International , the crop consisting of Gypsophila Xlence, Trachelium, Asclepia and Delphinium has been well received by…

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Sun Valley hosts farm tour during Fun N Sun Convention

As part of the CalFlowers Fun 'N Sun Convention, Sun Valley hosted a farm tour of their Channel Islands property in Oxnard. Owner Lane DeVries led the groups around the farm answering questions and explaining the intricacies of flower farming. As a special treat, they brought down a pop-up tulip garden…

Australia: New flower, foliage technology helps support regional jobs

A Sunshine Coast flower and foliage company is making the most of new propagation technology while supporting regional jobs through grant funding from the Palaszczuk Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Cedar Hill Flowers and Foliage was one of 15…

US: Floral pros share Petal It Forward tips

Think the Society of American Florists’ Petal It Forward is “only” about retailers? The big-hearted outreach also provides a chance for those floral professionals who are typically behind the scenes, including growers, suppliers and wholesalers, to experience what retail florists witness every day — the…

35 years and counting

Farmyard Nurseries must be doing something right, as they celebrate their 35th year of trading located in a remote corner of Carmarthenshire. Owner Richard Bramley is well aware that he has to provide compelling reasons for customers to find his nursery, whether that’s on or offline. ‘Clicks and mortar’ He aims to appeal to…

New genetics dipladenia from Syngenta:

New markets open up thanks to Mandeville breeding advances

At the FlowerTrials, hundreds of new varieties were introduced. This abundance is enormous, but as long as growers and ultimately consumers ask for more, breeders keep on innovating. That even goes for a relatively small crop like Mandeville, wherein Syngenta introduced no less than twelve new varieties,…

Japan: Fukushima orchids ready for shipment ahead of election celebrations

Farmers in Fukushima are preparing for shipments of moth orchid flowers for use in election victory celebrations and other occasions ahead of the House of Councillors election on July 21. Local farmers began growing moth orchids in January last year after establishing an agricultural corporation called…

September 6, Ostrander

US (OH): Millcreek Gardens to host annual open house

Millcreek Gardens will hold their annual open house on September 6, 2019 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Enjoy informative seminars, tour the facilities, meet the growing team and preview 2020 crops. There will also be demonstrations of the two production lines. RSVP to sales@millcreekplants.com or 800-948-1234.…

US (ME): Local cut flower industry is growing

About 80 percent of cut flowers in the United States are imported, but the local cut flower industry in North America is growing. The number of members of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, which are primarily based in the United States, more than tripled between 2014 and 2018. According to…

Gerberas in a spectrum of colors

Mr. Weerheim once started out as a vegetable grower. In 1979, his son Johan decided to start growing colourful large-flowering Gerberas. His choice set growth into motion. In time, Leen and Juriaan Weerheim (his sons) also joined the family business. Nowadays, they grow colourful Gerberas across more than six hectares. Read…

Keeping the semi-closed glasshouse cool

If air-exchange is the main means of cooling a glasshouse, how does a grower keep the semi-closed glasshouse cool? Besides fan speed, which has a negative effect on climate , and evaporative cooling there is one other important tool to keep the temperature low, Godfrey Dol of Glasshouse Consultancy…

UK: Voting open for BFA Industry Awards

The voting has started for the British Florist Association Industry Awards. The categories of the BFA Industry Awards change to ensure the awards remain current and reflect…

Hoogenboom Phloxen

A young company with old roots

Great-grandfather Johannes Hogenboom started the nursery by growing vegetables such as broad beans, pods and strawberries. Grandfather Jacobus Hogenboom switched from vegetables to flowers such as tulips and chrysanthemums. The large-flowered chrysanthemum was his specialty. When Koos and Theo took over the company, they also…

"Less growth regulation required with LEDs"

Lucas Greenhouses installed a small trial in 2016 of Philips GreenPower LED toplighting over an area used to propagate vegetative liners. As a result of the trial success, Lucas Greenhouses expanded the installation of Philips LED grow lights in 2018 for their 2018-19 growing season. Co-owner, George…

US (AK): Peony farmer Rita Jo Shoultz appointed first chair of Certified American Grown Council

Flower Farmer Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony has been appointed the first-ever volunteer chair of the Certified American Grown Council. Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony has been a staunch advocate for American flower farms, taking the lead on vital issues in Washington, D.C., during the…

US (TX): Gary Hickman joins J. Berry as General Manager

Gary Hickman has joined J. Berry as their General Manager. Gary owned and operated his own sales and green industry merchandising business and software companies in Florida before moving on to run container growing locations in Florida for Holmberg Farms and Flowerwood Nursery. "We are confident that…

"Fast rooting and more compact plants with LEDs"

After researching and trialing various brands of horticulture LEDs for several years—Kalamazoo Specialty Plants (KSP) conducted a small trial in 2016 using Philips brand LED toplighting grow lights—owner, Rick Ouding, chose to expand his installation of the Philips LED grow lights in 2018. KSP does…

DE: Rare flowering artichokes available at Pinsdorf Flowers

"Our Cynara artichokes are being marketed while they bloom. This is relatively rare on the current market because it is very intricate to transport them," explains Rainer Pinsdorf, who runs the family business in the third generation. On approximately 15 hectares of open land and 2,500 square meters of…

Orange: The new trend in flowers

"We've heard from several large US retailers that orange is becoming a more important color year-round", says Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Executive VP at GR Chia SAS- a system for the production of flowers that covers 950 ha of cut flower cultivation in South America. They mainly supply to the US market and are therefore happy with…

Realizing the specific conditions for uncommon cactus varieties

Did you know there are many uncommon cactus varieties? Especially young people enjoy cactuses, due to the fact they require only little water, allowing them to travel the world. But how to realize the specific conditions for the uncommon cactus varieties? Deltacactus takes us on their journey. How to…

US (AK): The magic of the peony field

Peonies could be considered one of the prettiest parts of an Alaskan summer, but this year their timing is a bit off. Alaska Blooms Peony Farm hosted one of their summer open houses this past weekend, and KTUU took the opportunity to visit them. Check out the video here.

US (MO): Couple's farm specializes in 'forgotten' flowers

It’s been a long way home for Tim and Lynn Windmeyer, owners of Homeplace Fields Flower Farm. Tim, a St. Joseph native, and Lynn, originally from Hannibal, Missouri, met at the University of Missouri before their careers took them into different directions. The two eventually crossed paths again — in…

Italy: Hibiscus sales hold up in challenging season

Weather has been the main challenge for the sales of most outdoor plants in Southern Europe. "In Italy, for example, we had good weather from March till half April. Then till the end of May it was quite cold and rainy and temperatures quickly shot up and doubled at the beginning of June", explains…

US (MO): Greenhouse owners named 'farm family of year'

Flower-growers Patrick and Mary Bellrose have been picked as the "Farm Family of 2019" in St. Louis County. The Bellroses, who own Fahr Greenhouse in Wildwood, are being recognized as "an exemplary model of the important role" of farm families. The greenhouse has been operating since 1950, when the area…

UK: Two new transplanting lines speed up production and efficiency at Lovania

In order to increase productivity and improve efficiency, Lovania Nurseries - one of the largest bedding plant nurseries of the UK - decided to install two lines by TTA for transplanting of pack bedding, their biggest line, which is constantly growing in demand. And just before the busy season started,…

US: FNGLA announces 2019 industry award winners

FNGLA announced seven industry award winners have been added to its ranks. Here is the lineup: Outstanding Chapter Leader - Stefan Liopiros , Gainesville, FL Outstanding Educator - John Conroy , Zolfo Springs, FL Outstanding Volunteer - Gary Weitermann, Orlando, FL Farm Credit/FNGLA Young Nursery…

US (CA): Sunflower growers not happy with selfie takers

Deputies say adventurous tourists are taking their selfies too far in Solano County. Farmers said their sunflower fields near Dixon are being treated like parks and they’re losing crops. They said people are doing photo shoots and taking engagement pictures with props. Some people are even having…

UK: Large-scale fire at Oakridge Nursery in Sawbridgeworth

About 30 firefighters spent almost four hours tackling a large-scale blaze at a garden centre on the outskirts of Sawbridgeworth on Friday afternoon (July 5). According to a spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the fire at Oakridge Nursery off Redricks Lane started in trees. Flames spread…

Danish rose grower blazes a new trail

Last year, the Danish company, Rosa Danica, stopped cultivating organic roses. Since then, the rose grower has been blazing a new trail. Rosa Danica's roses were exported to, mostly, Germany and the Netherlands. Two years ago, the company switched to organic cultivation. The roses were grown under the…

Frans Ederveen, Flora Delight:

Kenyan year-round hydrangeas prove to be a worldwide hit

"We did expect to receive international requests, but not this many", says Frans Ederveen of Flora Delight. Together with Marco van Sandijk these two Dutchmen started to trial hydrangeas at their farm in 2011 with the aim of growing and supplying them year round. After years of trialing, they put their…

July 12, Santa Barbara

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids to host fundraiser day for individuals, families suffering from rare genetic disorder

Shoppers of the Westerlay Orchids collection on July 12th from 9am-4:30pm can help support local non-profit The 17q12 Foundation. Carpinteria-based Westerlay Orchids pursues a straightforward mission to cultivate “the most stunning and highest quality orchids.” Now, the third-generation, family-owned…

UK bedding plant grower acquired by Canadian MMJ grower

Currently ornamental plants, flowers and herbs are being grown in the three growing facilities of UK-based Bridge Farm Group. Nowadays, the group is 1.5 million square feet in size and plans to expand to 3.5 million square feet by the end of 2021. By then new crops will be grown in the farm as well. In…

Going Dutch on tea

Zundert is a small town in the south of the Netherlands, population 22,000. The birthplace of Vincent Van Gogh, it lies in a province that is one of the biggest agricultural provinces in the country. Strawberries and hedging plants are commonly grown. In fact, close to 10% of the Netherlands nursery production takes place right…

UK: Fields of confetti delphiniums burst into color

Tourists are flocking to the Wyke Manor Estate site in Pershore, Worcestershire, to see the 14-acre field filled with beautiful delphiniums which only bloom for two weeks every year. The flowers - split into 16 colours including, purple, blue, pale pink, azure blue, gold and silver - fully open up from…

CAN (AB): Greenhouse matriarch passing the spade to her son

One of Sturgeon County’s most iconic businesswomen is taking a step back from the thriving Morinville Greenhouses, an operation she built from a bare field more than 40 years ago. Alissa Marles is passing the spade to her son, Greg, to spend part of the year at her Airbnb on Vancouver Island. Marles, and…

CAN (BC): Nursery shut down due to phytophthora ramorum

On Friday, June 21, Island View Nursery underwent a randomly selected inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for Phytophthora ramorum (an airborne spore-producing plant pathogen that is transmitted through wind, animals, soil and water that may impact certain host-type plants). "This national…

Kenyan farm thrives with Japanese business philosophy

Ever heard of the Kaizen concept? It is a Japanese business philosophy and literally means "continuous improvement'. Toyota is one of the well-known companies which employs this philosophy. Kenyan rose grower Rift Valley Roses, has been operating with the Kaizen principles for over three years now, under…

UK: Growers upbeat despite challenges ahead

There was a positive mood amongst growers attending the latest meeting of the HTA Ornamentals Committee held at the end of June following a buoyant season. All fifteen businesses that attended reported being ahead of budget with strong demand for UK grown stock – across amenity and retail sectors. Geoff…

6,000 m2 shade hall installed at Dutch skimmia grower

Booming skimmia cultivation requires extra capacity

Recently, Rene van der Stok installed a new 6,000 m2 shade hall at Dutch grower Snepvangers Tuinplanten. It was necessary to keep up with the annual increasing skimmia cultivation. Currently, half a million plants are being produced per year. The new screen installation at Snepvangers Tuinplanten Savior…

Rwanda’s only rose farm spreading its wings

As a government initiative to employ the masses and to boost the Rwandan floriculture sector, the 20 ha rose farm Bella Flowers was established in 2016. It is the only rose farm in Rwanda and after proving to be self-sustaining, another 20 ha was added, of which 10 ha is currently in production. By the…

Videos put spotlight on California flower farmers

As California Grown Flowers Month has come to an end, the California Cut Flower Commission celebrates one more time by sharing some of the most gorgeous videos featuring California Grow Flowers: For more information: California Cut Flower Commission PO Box 90225, Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0225 www.ccfc.org

NZ: Tulip company expands its business in Southland

In 2012 and 2013, a tulip-growing Dutchman Ton Karsten from the north of Holland and his son in-law Peter Steltenpool travelled through New Zealand to look at the possibilities of growing and setting up a southern hemisphere operation. They grow tulips from January until April and were looking for a…

UAE's native flora grown in plant nursery to decorate Expo 2020 Dubai site

Chirping birds and flowering trees may seem out of place in Dubai’s desert but as buildings begin to emerge from the sand at the Expo 2020 site, so has some unlikely foliage. From afar, the area looks like any other construction site. But upon closer inspection, flocks of birds can be seen swooping over…

PKM introduces Desert Rose:

“We see great potential in it, both as green and as a flowering plant”

A green plant that, as a surprise, has beautiful flowers about two till four years after germination. Gartneriet PKM added this Desert Rose to its collection. “We took over the Adenium from Nældebakken, who has grown this plant for many years”, says sales manager Claes Bastrup. “We saw great potential in…

Flower grader at Oserian farms:

Kenya: "Without this farm there would be a lot of poverty"

With European governments pushing to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change, the global movement of goods by air is coming in for scrutiny. The UK imports millions of tonnes of fresh produce every year and Kenya has long supplied our local supermarkets with fresh flowers. Four in 10 roses in the…

Kenya: Red Lands Roses find new mutants of their best-seller Julieta

Finding a mutant of one of your best-sellers. It is something that excites many growers, also at Red Lands Roses. At this Kenyan rose farm, specialized in spray rose cultivation, they found the first mutant of their best-seller Julieta 2 years ago and recently they found two others, which they are…

Andrew Khaemba, Yellow Grove Farms

New farm expands Kenyan gypsophila acreage

With 20 years of experience in growing gypsophilas, Andrew Khaemba could not let the opportunity pass of buying a 35ha farm in Saboti Kitale, Kenya. He bought the farm the end of 2018, named it Yellow Grove Farms and now, 7 months later, 5 ha is filled with organically grown gypsophilas and limoniums.…

A peek inside Maridadi Flowers:

Kenyan rose farm is a cut above the regular standards

A company's environmental and social responsibility is becoming increasingly important. As a result, demand for certificates is higher and more and more growers are applying for them. Some of them even go a step further. Kenyan rose farm Maridadi, for example, got their crop below the MRL standard…

UK Grower Profile - Picking Posies

From 16th – 18th August 2019 the UK celebrates the Flower Farmers Big Weekend. Gearing up to the event, the location highlights a few of the participants, and the latest edition features Becky Hindley of Picking Posies in North Lancashire. Can you tell us about the spark that inspired you to become a…

Verkade Beton ensures slick (ebb and flood) floors

‘Old’ friends contribute to new building of Esperit Plants

“When we placed the first concrete floor for you back in 1982, you were still walking around with your stroller”, Leen Verkade, of Verkade Beton, tells Jan van Geest with a proud smile on his face. Jan is now a father of four and owner of Esperit Plants. This year, the company moves to a new building in…

Roelof Nugteren, Luxaflor Roses:

"Potential of Zimbabwe still underestimated"

Until the end of the Zeros, Zimbabwe was the 2nd largest African producer of horticulture products, but due to political unrest it lost its position. Since 2008, it improved, but still the trust hasn't been gained back. "Everyone seems to have that unrest in their minds, and therefore do not see the…

UK: School project blooms into 40 year career growing roses

When, aged 15, Chris Turner was given a school project to find a job, he decided to try his hand at growing roses. He was given a trial before starting as an apprentice at Whartons Roses in Pulham St Mary. This month, Chris, 55, from Harleston, celebrates 40 years of growing roses at the nursery, where…

Dutch grower specializes in unique Begonia and Gloxinia

J&P Ten Have is a modern pot plant company that specialises in the cultivation of Begonia. It was founded in 1955 by the father of the current owners, Jos and Peter. Since then, J&P Ten Have has specialised in other crops. Along with Begonia, they cultivate Betulia, an abundantly flowering…

Winners of the 2019 Golden Flower Bulb announced

Five classes of schoolchildren - one class each in England, The Netherlands, Germany, Canada and France - are the lucky winners of the 2019 Golden Flower Bulb Award. They won this award by participating in the Bulbs4Kids flower bulb project. Bulbs4Kids These five classes received the 2019 Golden Flower…

Western Australian wax season starts

A key focus in Helix Australia's breeding and selection process is targeting early flowering Waxflower varieties. For Australian and South African production this means targeting May and June flowering, Israel October/November flowering and USA late November/December flowering. The week commencing 9 June…

Arend Roses:

NL: “Working towards a sustainable company in all areas”

Dutch Rose grower Arend Roses gives priority to sustainability. “We want to be sustainable in all aspects of the company: in our customer relationships, in the production process and for our employees”, says sales manager Niels van Starkenburg. How does the rose company do this? Arend Roses produces…

Colombian ornamental growers in the Netherlands

A group of 20 Colombian ornamental growers participated in the first inter-association mission promoted by Caproflor, the Geffa Flower Group and Colviveros, the Colombian Nursery Trade Association. They attended the GreenTech Fair, the World Horti Center, FloraHolland and the FlowerTrials in Holland…

Netherlands: MPS-GAP for FlorXL

This week OZ Planten went to Decorum grower FlorXL to congratulate them with the MPS-GAP certification. Last year, Decorum also joined the FSI 2020 standard. E-commerce manager and CSR manager Ramon van Kessel handed the cake to managing director Sjef van Wijk on behalf of the team of OZ Planten. FSI 2020 "We’re happy to see…

UK: Visitors go behind the scenes of a nursery during LEAF Open Farm Sunday

Sunday 9th June 2019 saw Walberton Nursery open its doors for the first time for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. As part of a cooperative, although Walberton hosted the event, all of the Farplants Group team helped in organising and running the day. A total of 35 volunteers from Binsted, Walberton, Fleurie and…

Australian grower to build state-of-the-art greenhouse with government funding

More than 40 jobs will be created thanks to a State Government grant that will help a Lockyer Valley nursery to expand with a state-of-the-art greenhouse. The project will mean Pohlman’s Nursery at Gatton (Australia) will move to a world class standard while creating agricultural jobs through grant…

‘Dutch Lane’ tulip named in his honor

US (CA): Lane DeVries honored at IFE flower-naming ceremony

A special breed of tulip has been named after Lane DeVries, president and CEO of The Sun Valley Group, at the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) in Miami Beach. This is the first time a flower farmer has been recognized with this honor. Called “Dutch Lane,” the new tulip is a crossbreed of Prominence…

Video showcases bond between farmers and international farm workers

The Canadian Horticultural Council has just published the latest video in their Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: "The Unshakable Bond." The bond between farmers and international farm workers relies on a sense of mutual trust and respect. Together, they take the time to get to…

New Zealand: Tulip grower expands with purchase of 162 ha dairy farm

Horizon Flowers New Zealand, one of the ‘‘big five’’ in Southland’s flourishing tulip bulb export business, has paid $7.8million for a 162 ha dairy farm at Mabel Bush. The Dutch-owned company gained ministerial approval for the purchase in April, which would allow it to effectively increase its planting…

The greenhouse effect:

Local gardening projects benefit from special structures

The weather finally might be getting warm enough to put plants in the ground without the fear of an overnight frost bringing their young green lives to a premature and withered end. So, since things are greening up in the region, many projects are underway to take advantage of the beginning of the…

Ecuador: Innovative rose grower puts people and planet first

Providing every field worker with plants to nurse and letting them share the profits of what they produce. It's a project that Ecuadorian rose farm Agrinag introduced several years ago, and its success became an important driver to triple the business' size in just eight years. Currently, this farm grows…

UK: Walberton’s Crop Protection Team back up to full strength

After a few years of high staff turnover in the area of Crop Protection, Walberton Nursery’s Technical Department are now in a very strong position. Crop Protection is a very specialist area and finding staff to fill these positions can often be difficult. Following the appointments of Paul Dyer…

AmericanHort announces the 2019 HortScholars

For the past thirteen years, AmericanHort has identified and supported six college students with a passion and drive for the horticulture industry through the HortScholars…

New look for Porta Nova Red & White Naomi

Porta Nova is one of the world’s biggest growers of Naomi roses. In November 2017, the first pile was driven into their new greenhouse construction project. "We built the new ultra-modern greenhouse and are now more equipped to implement everything we have learned over the years." They want to grow…

US (FL): FNGLA announces 2019 Industry Award winners

It could be said that giving of one’s self is the truest, most virtuous form of giving. Seven exemplary individuals from various ends of Florida’s nursery and landscape industry (and one friend of the industry) have taken this adage to new heights. In recognition of their selflessness and leadership,…

Netherlands: New Opti-flor location festively opened

Opti-flor officially opened its seventh cultivation location in a festive manner. The opening was done, with personnel and other invitees present, by the mayor of the Westland, Bouke Arends. With the 2.5 hectare extension, Opti-flor now has 17 hectares in total of horticulture land for growing the…

11 million roses grown every year

A peek inside a 10.5 ha Armenian greenhouse

In Goght, Armenia at an altitude of 1700m above sea level 11 million Dutch roses are being harvested every year. Their 10.5ha greenhouse in which 25 varieties of these roses are grown was established in 2014, thanks to Ameriabank's funding. And expansion plans are in the pipeline. "We have an extra 15 ha…

Taiwan: Flower farm becomes tourist hotspot for its ‘Golden Flower Tunnel’

A flower farm in Yilan’s Yuanshan Township (員山鄉) has become a tourist hotspot as people flock to the location to take photos of the farm’s signature “Golden Flower Tunnel.” Golden Twin Garden (金雙甡花卉農場) recently used 500 pots of a tall variety of Oncidium orchids to build the "Golden Flower Tunnel,” which…

June 22, 2019:

UK: Wyevale Nurseries staff to hike and cycle in aid of The Cart Shed charity

On June 22 members of the Wyevale Nurseries' team will either be hiking 18-miles from Talybont-on-Usk to Llangattock, taking part in an 8-mile walk or a 34-mile cycle in the same area, to raise awareness for The Cart Shed. (From left to right) Elle Field, Buying Co-ordinator, Adrian Hoare – Garden Design…

Ecuadoran grower gets two certifications

"The Frog is with Us"

The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal features a frog for a very good reason. Frogs are indicator species, meaning that they are a symbol of environmental health, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. That is why the green frog certification seal indicates that any business has been audited to meet standards…

Kenya: Magana Flowers rebrands with target on new markets, customers and staff

Magana Flowers has announced a series of business realignments as it rebrands in time for its 25th birthday by building on a resilient past while repositioning itself in the international flower markets. Team of Magana Flowers at the IFTEX 2019. By Bob Koigi The rebrand that includes a change of logo,…

Flowers from the Farm Midlands celebrate British Flowers Week BBC Gardeners’ World Live

British Flowers Week is back on 10-16 June and Flowers from the Farm from the Midlands region will be celebrating in Shakespearean style at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham’s NEC! Chasing a fourth consecutive Gold medal at this year’s show, Flowers from the Farm's creative Midlands members have…

Greek grower, Australian breeder bring exotic novelties to FlowerTrials

Kalantzis Plants started as a small local nursery close to Athens almost 30 years ago. When the second generation of this family-run business took control earlier this decade, they separated the activities into three sectors: finished products, young plants and breeding. Today, they have their own…

Some orchid nurseries have a history of changing crops

A few weeks ago, I visited one of the largest Phalaenopsis growers in central Florida, DeLeon’s Bromeliads. The nursery has been there for decades and workers were frantically packing orders. It was peak season and the colorful blooms seemed to go on for miles. A large sign on the property read, “Closing…

US (IN): Innovations are born in this 50,000 sq.ft. facility

Nathan Deppe describes a greenhouse —only a little jokingly — as “a thin metal structure with a thin pane of glass that wants to come crashing to the ground and return to the earth.” His job is to ensure these unique facilities in Purdue University's College of Agriculture are well maintained and…

Turkey: 500 varieties of succulents in a 0.3 hectare greenhouse

Turkish grower Huseyin Dilsiz started to grow 500 varieties of succulents in his small 0.3 hectare greenhouse after his retirement and now he wants to increase that number to 1,000. The grower added that his goal is to have every variety of succulent in his greenhouse. The grower returned to his hometown…

Daniel & Jo Jackson, Ottershaw Cacti

From a windowsill to three National Collections

What started with an unidentified cactus on a windowsill, has grown into a business that spans almost one hectare, with nine large greenhouses, and three national collections. Ottershaw Cacti at this year's Chelsea show The first greenhouse "It all started at the age of 11 years, when my Mum took me…

35 years of passion for roses

"We breed roses and don’t work with other cultures," says rose breeder Rosa Eskelund from Roses Forever. "We have decided several years ago to focus on what we are really good at, rose breeding and selection. “But roses range widely, so we have a wide range both within the groups and in the different series. Among other things,…

Iran: Every spring, rose fields become rose water

The soft, pink color of dawn still lingers in the sky, and the first golden rays of the sun are just starting to touch the tips of the surrounding mountains. Yet in the rose fields of Qamsar, a small town in the highlands of central Iran, work is already underway. Amid the chirping of nightingales,…

Winners IFTEX's 2019 Best Grower Quality Competitions

During the IFTEX Opening Ceremony yesterday, awards were handed out to exhibitors in different categories. Ronald van der Breevaart was the Head of the Jury of IFTEX’s 2019 Best Grower Quality Competitions and had the honor to announce the winners. Principal Secretary for Trade Dr. Chris Kiptoo and CEO…

Arcadia Chrysanten

NL: New greenhouse, heating and NGG installations are nearing completion

If everything goes according to plan, Arcadia Chrysanten can plant the first chrysanthemum cuttings at the new company in De Lier, The Netherlands, at the beginning of July. Technokas and its subcontractors are working hard to finalize the new greenhouse of approximately 48,000 m². Technokas is also…

peek at United Selections, Maridadi and Rift Valley Roses

How the Kenyan floriculture industry seeks to meet consumer's demands

Despite a challenging start of the year, Kenyan growers are looking ahead and investing in their crops, facilities and workers. The floriculture industry in this country has been on the rise for many years. Also breeders are investing a lot to bring the best varieties to the market that fit growers' and…

Danish nursery ready for cannabis cultivation

Nursery Rosa Danica, on the Danish island of Funen, is ready to build a mega greenhouse complex for growing medicinal cannabis. This will be realized in cooperation with the international cooperation FUTRUE Group from Germany. Rosa Danica will be the fourth horticulture company to make the switch to…

UK: Polytunnel group keen for residents to take advantage of fresh veg and flowers

A small group of individuals are involved in the project at Rhyl Botanical Gardens. The dedicated group spend hours tending to their vegetables and flowers but are keen to for the public to take advantage of their fresh goods and generate more awareness. The project started about five years ago.…

WPS delivers new internal transport system at Dutch Spathiphyllum grower Bestplant

WPS recently delivered a new internal transport system to Bestplant in Poeldijk. Bestplant already had a WPS system in one of their greenhouses and the supplier chose once again for us. WPS designed the layout of the system and installed it together with Bestplant. Patrick Zuidgeest, director of…


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