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Stolk Flora:

“Participation in the Greenovation Award gave a huge boost to the introduction of ‘Your Natural Orchid’”

‘Your Natural Orchid’ in Kokodama pot by Stolk Flora was one of the nominees last year for the Greenovation Award. Sustainability is much more than a buzzword to Stolk Flora. “This award is a way of showing the world who really does operate sustainably.” "We do everything we can to ensure that all…

Azerbaijan: AzRose Greenhouse expands rose assortment

The AzRose Gabala project, launched in 2018 and known as one of the leading producers of roses in Azerbaijan, started out with growing 8 varieties of roses and due to the increasing demand and interest in new varieties, they increased their assortment to 20 varieties. Since August 2020, they are…

Shailesh Kumar Rai, Heritage Flowers, reflecting on the farm's first year

Kenya: "We even gained more direct clients"

After working in the flower industry for 25 years, Shailesh Kumar Rai was ready to dive into a new adventure and started his own rose farm. He bought a 60 ha land plot in Rumuruti, Kenya, on which he built 12ha of greenhouses and named the farm Heritage Flowers Ltd in 2019. It has been a challenging…

Green Works

Fields full of flowering CannaSol

Have a look at the Green Works fields full of flowering CannaSol. A colorful and truly beautiful sight to behold in Limburg, the Netherlands. The growers took their drone and flew over the fields. The result: a really nice and lovely video. As you can see for yourself in the video below. Available from mid…

AFE

AFE awards more than $38,500 in 2020 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 15 students with scholarships totaling $38,500. Fifty-nine applications were received for this 2020 scholarship cycle. "We had many overachieving students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to more than one…

Middenweg Flowers and Van Noort Hyacinten

Decorum expands with flower members

Two new members will soon join the Decorum growers' association. Both are specialists in forcing products from bulb to flower. Middenweg has several types of irises and Van Noort has been growing the spring flower hyacinth for years. With the arrival of these two specialists, the counter for the number…

UK: Hillier Nurseries joins fight against climate change with The Planet Mark

This is the first year of Hillier’s business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. From September 2018 to August 2019, the carbon footprint of…

Flowers from the Farm

From HR to flower farmer

In 2018 I bought a book – ‘The Flower Farmer’s Year’ by Georgie Newbury. I read it from cover to cover and by the time I had finished a seed was sown. by Debbie Richards, Nature's Posy, Cambridgeshire I used to work in HR. I worked hard in my career, gradually climbing the ladder to Head of HR. I thought I’d made it and I’d be happy,…

Lawrence Hopman, Hopman Flower Farms:

North America: "Mass market urged to order now for Spring 2021"

Mother's Day in the US and Canada has been a huge a success and it hasn't slowed down since. North American growers have had months with record number of sales. Demand spiked and it is expected that pandemic created a new habit of buying flowers and plants. Therefore, orders for next year are rolling in…

Grace Rose Farm

US (CA): Rose grower raising funds, awareness for Alzheimer's

During the month of September, Grace Rose Farm in Santa Ynez will donate 25% of all proceeds from the purchase of Love Song roses to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Husband/wife duo and Grace Rose Farm owners Ryan and Graci Poulson announced on Sept. 1 the reason behind their monthlong fundraising…

US (CA): Westerlay finishes its 100k challenge

Westerlay Orchids celebrates its final 1,000 orchid donation in the “100,000 Orchids Challenge,” in Partnership with Santa Barbara based Dream Foundation. Last Wednesday, September 16, the Westerlay team completed their mission to uplift and inspire with a generous donation to the elderly residents of…

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Allwoods

More Zonal's added to our range this autumn are 'Banstead Village' rather love this one with it's flower heads of different shades of pink or if your want something with a bit more "Oooh!" then try 'Chelsea Morning' it's a real stunner. pic.twitter.com/QRi4xaxmxI — Allwoods (@AllwoodsPlants) September 21, 2020

UK: Ravensworth Garden Centre to expand thanks to £1.1m investment

Ravensworth Nurseries in Richmond, North Yorkshire is investing £1.1m in developing an upmarket retail garden centre to enhance its already successful plant nursery with funding from Reward Finance Group. Having been established for more than 50 years, the family-run business, which is the largest grower…

Holland Ridge Farms

US (NJ): Sunflower grower opens fields for pickers

In less than two weeks Holland Ridge Farms will be welcoming visitors back to their flower fields for the first time this year. They’ve been working hard over the last few months to add new and exciting things. Bring your own food and drink during the weekdaysThe first change they decided to introduce…

Flourish Flower Farm

Growing tulips, narcissus & other fall-planted bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs are some of my most favorite flowers to grow! They are planted in the fall before the ground freezes in cold climates, and in the late autumn/early winter for the rest of us. Often these bulbs show the first signs of life in the early spring, and it’s a much needed reminder that…

UK: Expanding Provender Nurseries team roles to encompass biosecurity

Provender Nurseries prides itself on having stringent procedures in place for managing incoming stock and plant health and to reflect this Provender Nurseries are changing their Nursery managers role to encompass biosecurity procedures now in place through the industry.  Stuart Stuart Tickner has been the…

walk between the flowers and the fixtures

Sande Flowers created virtual trade show booth

As Creative Director for Sande Flowers, Pieter Landman created a virtual trade show booth, through which, you online literally have the possibility to walk between the flowers and the fixtures. "This is a break through in the Floral Industry." The theme of the booth is “ The Flower Factory “, as the booth…

Australia: Townsville Plant Wholesalers forges a path based on reliable data

Management of any production nursery, large or small is something that must be done with robust data-based insights and knowledge. To increase the usage of data on business management, the Hort Innovation strategic levy-funded project Nursery industry statistics 2016/17 to 2019/20 (NY17008) project has…

TTA sorting machine running at full speed

New forest nursery officially opened in Czech Republic

For several years, and particularly over the last three years, Europe has been dealing with the challenges of deforestation. Drought, forest fires, storm damages and insect attacks (like the bark beetle) are the consequences of that - the forest has to endure a lot. Therefore, governments are more and…

Grower uses 'color calendar' to ensure succulents always look good

Amigo Plant supplies not only 60 varieties from the standard assortment of succulents but also dyed versions such as the single-coloured Echeveria as well as various high-end versions decorated with glitter or beaded garlands. Amigo Plant has been dyeing plants now for more than 15 years. The water-based…

At US nursery Cromwell Growers Inc in Cromwell (CT)

It is time to space the poinsettias; watch these robots work!

Christmas may feel far away, but preparations are in full swing at poinsettia growers. At US nursery Cromwell Growers Inc in Cromwell (CT), for example, they were busy with spacing the poinsettias last week - and no, not manually. In this fascinating video, posted on Linkedin by Chris Cybulski, we see…

Tucker Bush Native Thyme wins Australian produce award

2020 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards Gold Medallists were announced late last month and featured 67 producers receiving medals across Australia. One of those winners was Western Australia’s Tucker Bush Fresh Botanicals for their Tucker Bush Native Thyme. In their 5th year, the Awards acknowledged…

Belgium: No show(s) so Laurica produces nursery film!

One of Europe's Leading Laurel growers, Laurica Plants have produced a short film to reiterate to their clients, the continued level of quality plant material being produced at their Jabekke location in Belgium. Director Marian Maenhoudt said 'Because a lot of shows are being cancelled, we want to give…

Star Roses invests in new water managing system

"It will make us one of the pioneering flower companies in Latin America"

Despite the global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ecuadorian rose farm Star Roses has decided to invest in state-of-the-art technology that allows greater control and precision in the management and conditioning of water for their crops, which potentiates the production results. The system; Isii…

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Love Orchids

Meet Malcolm, he is our head grower for our orchids. Malcolm will be back monthly to show you behind the scenes of our nursery, facts about our plants and how we grow our beautiful orchids ready to be sent to your home. This is the first video of ✨Malcolm’s Corner✨ 🌺 pic.twitter.com/2wdAfvhfZD — Love Orchids (@LoveOrchidsUK) September 11,…

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Mike Rimland, Rimland's Nursery & Costa Farms:

"Our best potting machine ever. True craftsmanship"

Rimland‘s Nursery, headquartered in plant paradise Miami, Florida was started in 1988 by Mike Rimland. The nursery is specializing now only in Anthurium production. Mike Rimland is the owner of Rimland’s Nursery as well as the VP of Research and Development Indoor Plants & Global Ambassador at Costa…

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Women in agriculture… What are your leadership aspirations?

Women in agriculture….What are your leadership aspirations? What are the barriers to achieving those aspirations? What motivates you to be involved in leadership roles and organizations? Annie’s Project is taking a closer look at agricultural women’s involvement with its new survey, the Agriculture…

Colombia: Alexandra Farms adds 2ha of new varieties

Alexandra Farms, being part of the wedding and event industry and not part of the supermarket industry, was hit very hard by the pandemic. "Weddings and events in our most important market, the USA were all canceled. We were down 90 percent for several weeks in March and April", says Jose Azout, owner of…

Seed Your Future

Seed Your Future launches expanded Horticulture Career Exploration Tool

Seed Your Future announced the launch of its expanded Horticulture Career Exploration Tool. Much more than a basic alphabetical list of the more than 140 careers working with plants, the resource first asks site visitors to consider what they are interested in, and then profiles careers in horticulture…

Consider the Lilies

US (OH): Dayton area flower farm blooming with business

A New Carlisle flower farm is bringing some joy and color to local customers, from its farm stand to flower subscriptions.Wendy Lavy said her business Consider the Lilies started in 2011 with a quarter acre and has grown into one acre, which was blooming in a rainbow of colors during a recent tour of the…

CAN (ON): Sheridan Nurseries celebrates over 100 years in business

Celebrating over 100 years in business, Sheridan Nurseries is a premier grower in eastern North America. Located in Ontario, Canada, they provide trees, shrubs, and perennials to central, eastern, north eastern, and northern Canada, as well as, the central United States. Sheridan Nurseries spreads out…

Sian Roses

How a Kenyan flower producer bloomed through COVID-19

One cold morning in April, as Esleen Rotich walked up a dirt road that led to the manicured lawns of Equator Flowers farm, she could sense that something was off. On ordinary mornings, when she would arrive for her 7:20 a.m. shift, the farm was usually silent as employees worked quietly at their…

using the vast land for real estate development

Kenya: Magana Flowers shuts down

After 25 years in the floriculture industry, Magana Flowers decided to close the doors of their farm in Nairobi, Kenya. It might seem to have been quite an abrupt end as they just rebranded last…

Alexandra Farms announces Garden Rose Design Contest winners

Alexandra Farm's 3rd Garden Rose Design Contest has been held and the winners have been selected. Entries were received between May 1st and June 28th on their website. This year the GRDC was held with only one category: 'Beautiful designs with Garden Roses!' Bridal Bouquets, Vase arrangements, large…

NL: First chrysanthemums planted in new greenhouse of Zijdezicht

Dutch aster and chrysanthemum grower Kwekerij (Nursery) Zijdezicht recently expanded its greenhouse acreage. The new greenhouse is added to the existing greenhouse and forms a whole in which the grower, as we speak, grows his first cut chrysanthemums.  The project has been realised by Horticulture Services…

Saunders Brothers, NewGen Boxwood supply boxwood for White House Rose Garden renovation Piney River

Saunders Brothers, Inc. and NewGen Boxwood, introduced by Saunders Genetics, LLC, were instrumental in the renovation of the White House Rose Garden, unveiled to the public by First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The iconic space had changed very little since 1962 and a major overhaul…

also saves 40 to 70 percent of energy

Hygroscopic solution takes aim at humidity issues

The high relative humidity in the greenhouse was one of the main reasons for Hungarian fresh herb grower Akkos to invest in a dehumidifier. About four years ago, they installed the dehumidification systems of Agam Greenhouses and since then, plants are more healthier and more stable than before. Special…

Jerusalema Challenge by Zambia rose farm Khal Amazi

The Jerusalema Challenge is a dance challenge founded in Africa and is taking social media by storm. ‘Bringing positivity’ is the main purpose of this challenge and all over the world people are dancing  this song and so did they at Zambia rose farm Khal Amazi. This video that was posted on YouTube and shared…

Flower Circus

Mauricio Danies from Milagro in Flower Circus Talks

Last Friday, Mauricio Danies from Milagro joined as a guest in Flower Circus Talks. Mauricio did not only talk about their passion to grow the best quality roses and upcoming varieties, he also told about the Ranunculus they are growing now for a few years, and that there are some exciting things coming…

US (FL): FNGLA announces 2020 industry award winners

FNGLA proudly announces its industry award winners for 2020.  Here are the recipients: Outstanding Chapter Leader – Colin Friedrich, Excelsa Gardens (Loxahatchee) Outstanding Educator –…

Serres Frank Zyromski

CAN (QC): Young plant producer attracts $1 million investment

The Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Laurentides (FRS) have invested $1 million in Serres Frank Zyromski, a Rivière-Rouge-based company specializing in the production of young plant cuttings – geraniums, calibrachoas, vegetative petunias, rieger begonias, fuchsias and companion plants – that are sold to…

Technician Theo builds high-tech greenhouse as a hobby

How great would it be to have a small greenhouse in your own garden where you can grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in an environmentally-friendly, clean and energy neutral way? That is what the recently retired Theo van Lieshout of Wognum (Netherlands), thought. He did not want to sit at home, staring…

Nordic Nurseries

CAN (BC): Aldergrove grower creates hardy, hanging baskets for cooler temperatures

In spring, beautiful outdoor hanging baskets are everywhere. But as we move closer to the cool evenings of late summer and fall, it can be hard to find replacements for these now tired-looking spring beauties. Fortunately, for the past 12 years one grower, in particular, has been creating stunning fall…

Red Oak Greenhouse

US (IA): Red Oak Greenhouse plans for future growth

Mum’s not the word when it comes to the secret behind Red Oak Greenhouse’s success of more than 140 years. The secret producing a wide variety of greenhouse crops, said General Manager Bryce Johnson, is growing lifetime partnerships one customer at a time and having a dedicated, knowledgeable labor…

Dutch Flower Group

Dutch Flower Group checking in on how growers are doing

Marco van Zijverden (CEO) and Jan van Dam (CCO) visited three of the Dutch Flower Group plant growers. They visited Eduard ter Laak of Ter Laak Orchids, Pieter Heemskerk of Van der Salm Boskoop and Siegfried Bunnik of Bromelia Specialist. How are the growers doing given the impact of COVID-19 and what…

Ter Laak on their sustainability journey, at 360 Energy webinar

“Being sustainable is not a commercial chance - not being sustainable is a commercial threat”

For 2 years now, Dutch nursery Ter Laak is growing part of their phalaenopsis plants in their new and innovative 'Daylight Greenhouse'. This 5ha greenhouse enables them to save 40-50% energy and generate a more stable climate for their plants. Currently, they produce 8 million plants per year on a total…

Royal FloraHolland

“The Glazen Tulp makes you feel like you are on the right track”

The Glazen Tulp Award is an opportunity for grower Kuivenhoven Poeldijk B.V. to highlight new innovations. Last year, they won in the Flowering Indoor Plants category. This year they will participate again. Rick van der Burg shares what the Glazen Tulp Award means to him. Kuivenhoven Poeldijk B.V. is…

Grace Hanna, Westerlay Orchids on online sales:

US (CA): "This experience demonstrated how valuable a secondary sales channel can be"

Even though COVID-19 created, and maybe still creates, tough times for many companies, it also offered companies new insights and opportunities. California Orchid nursery Westerlay Orchids, for example, discovered their ecommerce's potential. They had not used ecommerce as a channel to reach its…

'Trees haven't seen water in over 40 days' Ignasi Such

Egyptian farmers fear impact of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

At the moment, Egyptian horticultural growers are afraid that a dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, the Nile's main tributary, could add to the severe water shortages…

Alaska peony kids deliver bouquets to frontline workers

A lake, a pond, 25 acres and lots of wildlife. It sounds like an idyllic scene you'd find in a painting, but it's actually where Alaska Perfect Peony is located. Owner Rita Jo Shoultz tells us: "We have a company in this somewhat remote area with lots of young families. We hire neighborhood kids as soon…

Karthauser & Sons

US (WI): Florists and flower farmers hopeful during pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has curbed consumer spending and kept people at home instead of in stores, some people in the floral industry say they're staying afloat because flowers bring people together. Evergreen Florist of Appleton just moved into their new location on Mason Street and even got a…

UK: Argyll College is winner of Peter Seabrook Bursary 2020

This year’s bursary winner is the HNC & HND class in horticulture at Argyll College, Lochgilphead (14 students) under the tutelage of Amber Crowley who has made the application on their behalf.They intend to use the bursary to go on a field trip, now delayed to next spring, to visit commercial nurseries.…

Royal FloraHolland

"The Glass Tulip, in particular, is an award growers are eager to win"

Royal FloraHolland launched the Glass Tulip Award – the top prize for the best flower-and-plant market introduction – to encourage growers and breeders alike. Esperit Plants is once again taking part this year. What does the Glass Tulip mean to Esperit Plants’ Yoram Westhoff? Esperit is a one-stop-shop…

Three Meadows and a Pony

Former lawyer starts peony farm that produces floral vodka

Leslie Farhangi was practicing law in New York City but was looking for a change. Twenty years ago, she and her husband John Tuke moved their three sons to Hudson Valley, New York and purchased a peony farm. Five years later, the equestrian decided to also board retired horses as well. Life was good but…

Ecuadorian rose farm Florecal introduces new concept

"Getting the most exclusive varieties to the final consumer"

Garden type cut roses are popular items for weddings and other special occasions. However as no events taking place at the moment, market is slow and initiatives are being undertaken to get these special type of products to the consumer. One of such an initiative is the 'Duet Collection' concept of…

US (MN): Propagation farm goes 'full steam ahead'

22 acres of sand beds requiring sanitation between rotating crops, and a shrinking list of available chemicals was a looming issue the growers at the propagation farm in Cottage Grove, Minnesota were challenged with addressing. Should they continue to rely on chemicals that were highly regulated, with a…

Fortunately, the greenhouses at santini grower Hendriks are still standing

"We'll plant the last cuttings rolling in the mud"

"It was just like a movie", says Dutch santini grower Hans Hendriks. "It was raining heavily and as the fierce winds were in the opposite direction of the waterflow in the gutters on the greenhouse roof, it all got in. It's a miracle that nothing collapsed." Na 10 dagen halloweenpiek planten in oude…

Helleborus bv

Belgian Helleborus nursery brings new selections to the market

Belgian based Helleborus bv, specialist in Helleborus, is bringing many new selections to the market this coming season. The nursery has added 4000m2 of new greenhouses with the latest techniques to deliver even better quality of young plants and flowering plants. Diego Ice Latest VarietiesNew for this…

OneEighty Petals

US (WI): Couple stumbles into flower cultivation

Serendipity seems to be a recurrent theme in the creation of OneEighty Petals, a fresh-cut flower farm in Fish Creek. From picking their location to starting their flower farm, John and Sara Lancaster seemed to stumble – happily! – into their new venture. Since opening with a few wholesale customers and…

NL: Stofbergen plant Company promotes the diversity of the Bromeliad

Dutch nursery Stofbergen Plant Company has a passion for bromeliads and exporter Noviflora features the story of this nursery on their website. For more than 30 years, Stofbergen Plant Company have been supplying a range with a wide variety of shapes, colors and pot sizes. The bromeliads are divided into…

The Better India

Indian woman turns orchid cultivation into business

Sabira Mohammed, a homemaker hailing from Palakkad, started cultivating orchids on her terrace as a means to kill boredom while her family set out to school and work every morning. What started in 1998 on a terrace has now expanded into an acre. Setting up a nursery was a natural progression and Sabira…

US (OH): Willoway Nurseries' dock is full of seasonal colors

The dock is full of seasonal colors at Willoway Nurseries, one of the largest wholesale growers of quality stock in the midwest. In this video below, you can get a peek into what they have currently have in the dock at their nursery in Avon (OH).  For more information: Willoway Nurserieshttps://www.willowaynurseries.com/ 

Dutch chrysanthemum market returns to normal

Over the last two months, the prices for cut flower chrysanthemums skyrocketed, but they are now back at a level that is usual for this time of the year. Since last week, the production is on track again and due to the increase in supply, the decrease in demand - due to the holiday season, the situation…

The Posey Patch Flower Farm joins Certified American Grown

When Ashley Bolton decided she wanted to start a flower growing business on the chicken farm she owns with her husband in a rural corner of Alabama, she hit the books. Her only gardening experience up until that time had been at the just-for-fun level, tending gardens on their 60-acre farm in Russellville,…

delivers supplies, groceries to the farm’s surrounding community and helps families in need

Guatemala: Vita Farms gives back on 10th Anniversary

In honor of its 10th anniversary, Vita Farms, a 50-acre nursery and part of the ForemostCo Family, donated approximately two weeks of groceries to 300 households in the villages where its employees live. “During this unprecedented time, Vita Farms is guided by the belief that we are all in this together.”…

"The first flower farm from Kenya"

Tambuzi achieves Carbon Neutral Gold Standard and joins UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative

"Global warming and climate change are the foremost environmental challenges facing the world today. It is our responsibility to reduce and minimise the emissions of greenhouse gases and proactive organisations, such as Tambuzi, are recognising the impact climate change has on the environment and…

Marjoland uses Signify’s LED lighting

Dutch rose grower achieves higher production, improved quality with dedicated light recipe for roses

Marjoland, one of the largest rose growers in the Netherlands, has achieved the highest quality and a higher production for its Red Naomi! Roses by using the dedicated rose light recipe for its hybrid lighting installation provided by Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting. Previously,…

She will help coordinate expanding online community outreach efforts during COVID-19

Westerlay Orchids welcomes Ecommerce Specialist Grace Hanna

As their Box of Orchids program and community outreach initiatives rapidly expand, Carpinteria-based Westerlay Orchids responds by adding Ecommerce Specialist Grace Hanna to the team. For three generations, Westerlay Orchids has proudly cultivated some of the Pacific Coast’s finest blooms while remaining…

Hendriksen ready for the future with new building

Dutch cutting supplier ready to get started with new facility

D.J. Hendriksen & Zn BV have had a brand new facility built. The existing building, which father Hendriksen built in 1990, was in need of replacement; everything was outdated and especially the increasing amounts of cuttings, as well as the staff, were lacking sufficient space. Thanks to the builders and…

Eduardo Letort, Hoja Verde, on yellow rose variety Lighthouse:

"It was love at first sight with this variety"

"The strong yellow color contrasting with the dark green leaves." It made Eduardo Letort, owner of Ecuadorian farm Hoja Verde, fall in love with this rose variety instantly and started to produce it quickly after his first 'meeting'. The variety in question is Lighthouse, bred by United Selections and…

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The story of Andrea and Lou Gagnon, LynnVale Studios

Starting a flower farm in Washington D.C.

What happens when an architect and a former Walt Disney imagineer start farming? If they’re Andrea and Lou Gagnon, they can’t help but make art – even in the fields. When the couple returned to the family farm to raise their children and establish a new way of life on 10 acres of agricultural land, the…

Ko Kolk Hortensia builds new 3ha greenhouse

NL: New greenhouse brings cut hydrangea cultivation to the next level

The site is taking shape nicely. In Amstelveen, the Netherlands, a new 3ha greenhouse is being built for Ko Kolk Hortensia. It will be used to grow and propagate cut hydrangeas. The new greenhouse will comply to all modders requirements, because, according Bartjan Kolk, only top quality is good enough. The…

This is how SK Roses and FleuraMetz are preparing for 100% Digital

Growers and buyers, such as SK Roses and FleuraMetz, are preparing for 100% Digital and are working hard on the developments for it. SK Roses and FleuraMetz have been doing business with each other for years. In this video they explain what 100% Digital means for their companies specifically, which…

John Simko, president Sunshine Bouquet, sees further consolidation

John Simko is President of Sunshine Bouquet Company, which is with 1200 ha, the largest flower grower in South America. In an interview with Williee Armellini, editor of…

Veiling Rhein-Maas

"The Gloriosa is a beautiful product with sufficient market potential"

Glorious Gloriosa is a modern nursery for cut flowers and potted plants with an area of 2 ha in Maasbree (NL). "Our main product is the Gloriosa, which we market as cut flower and potted plant. It is a niche product that is appreciated by many of our customers. In addition to the Gloriosa, we have a…

AFE

2020 AFE internship awards and placements

AFE congratulates and celebrates the eight students recently awarded an internship through the Vic & Margaret Ball Internship Program and the Mosmiller Internship program. Each will receive scholarships after successfully completing their paid internships, lasting between three to six months. Vic &…

Westerlay Orchids:

"Orchids to unlock science-backed health and wellness benefits"

"When customers bring home a Westerlay Orchid bloom, they get far more than a beautiful decor piece." In a press release, this California based orchid grower share that science suggests that Orchids are in a class of houseplants which can offer a variety of positive mental benefits, including an uplifted…

AFE

Meet this year’s Paul Ecke Jr. and Altman Family scholars

Plant-powered people, creating people-powered plants

Talk to the five graduate students selected to receive this year’s AFE Paul Ecke Jr. and Altman Family scholarships, and some common themes quickly emerge. They are self-described plant nerds with a passion for horticulture—and enthusiastic advocates for their chosen field. Young as they are, they are…

Certified American Grown

US (AK): North Pole Peonies joins Certified American Grown

When it comes to growing peonies in Alaska, North Pole Peonies was there at the very beginning. Ron and Marji Illingworth started with about 100 plants in 2003 and with some uncertainty about whether peonies were a viable crop in interior Alaska’s brief growing season. Seventeen years later, they have…

Gert Jan Valstar, Stars Plant

"With a new cultivation floor and seed line, we can really get going"

Since the beginning of this year, Stars Plant has fully focused on the propagation of cut flowers. However, in order to make that possible, a number of things had to be done, both in management and staffing. The new seed line from Flier Systems With the recruitment of Mr. Nic Straathof and Mr. Henk Leenheer,…

Robin Creek Dairy and Farm

CAN (BC): Dairy and beef farm expands into cut flowers

For Lindsay Heer, who now runs a growing dairy and beef operation called Robin Creek Dairy near Quick with her husband Janik Heer, farming did not come naturally. Janik’s experience was quite different, he grew up on the farm he and Lindsay now operate together. His parents were dairy farmers in…

CPRE Sussex

UK: Grower nominated for award for helping to enrich Sussex countryside

CPRE Sussex, the countryside charity, has announced Ben Cross, owner of Crosslands Flower Nursery, is one of the nominees for its new Empowering Communities Award. During…

UK: Hadlow college student progression at Provender Nurseries.

After working closely with the potting on and growing of hardy nursery stock Provender Nurseries are delighted to have taken on two Hadlow College students on a part-time…

HB Farm

How a grower transitioned to cut flowers when the blueberry market collapsed

Heather Schuh's family has been farming the land that is currently HB Farm since the 1940’s. During that time the ground has seen several crop successions. Heather remembers helping plant raspberries there in 1975 and when the raspberry market changed in the early 80’s all of the farmland was converted…

"Flower growers can make a big difference to the survival of birds"

“Flower farms are one of the areas with lots of wetlands. These flower farms have an important and unusual role, because the Tingua depends on these high-productive systems to survive”, says Dr. José Miguel Renjifo.  by Monica Vera, Florverde You’re all probably thinking, “Ok, this is a blog about a sustainable…

New short documentary is a love letter to flower farming

The opening frame of “BLOOM” features a dahlia blooming in time-lapse, with petals unfurling to a full-sized flower. Accompanied by birdsong audio, the screen reads: “28 years ago, Joan Ewer Thorndike began growing certified organic flowers in Southern Oregon.” This short and impressive documentary is…

brings total area within Hasfarm Holdings Group to 227ha

Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm's 14ha expansion on schedule

The 14 hectare expansion at Dalat Hasfarm Vietnam is nearing completion, the expansion will take the total area under production in Vietnam to 190 hectares and the total area within the Hasfarm Holdings Group to 227 hectares. ​"We commenced the expansion in January and despite Covid-19 we have managed to…

Hivos

Collaboration between Tanzanian flower farms and Hivos

Mount Meru Flowers collaborated with Hivos and their Women@Work Campaign on the implementation of new policies to strengthen the voice of their employees. As part of the Women@Work Campaign the farm implemented a sexual harassment policy. Adoption of the policy has created awareness on what sexual harassment entails…

US: Walters Gardens introduces 'Virtual Cultivate Video Series'

Since they won't see as many of you in person this year as they would like, Walters Gardens made a series of videos covering key plants, programs, and the general operations at Walters Gardens. "Learn more about Proven Winners' National Perennial of the Year, the buzz about Summerific Week, and watch in…

Perennial

UK: Perennial provides help with cost of school uniform for hard-hit families working in horticulture

With the latest government figures showing that 30% of all children in the UK living in relative poverty, the need to support our most vulnerable families has never been…

Blühen Acres Flower Farm joins Certified American Grown

In rural New York, a flower grower discovers her joy

When it comes to flowers, Kate Lindhorst has come a long way in a very short amount of time. Lindhorst is the owner of Blühen Acres, a flower farm in Nichols, New York, that specializes in bouquets that Lindhorst makes herself. But a few short years ago, flowers were not even part of her life.…

"It is great to be in a position whereby we can confidently look forward"

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is looking forward to 2021 and the future, following the most turbulent few months the nursery has ever had to navigate in its 60-year history. As with the whole of the horticultural industry, Bransford Webbs has witnessed an unprecedented few months and have had to make…

Lockyer Cut Flowers

Flower market back on track in southern Queensland

A Southern Queensland flower grower says the flower market has stabilised after a turbulent start to the year — but the implications of tightening coronavirus restrictions in Victoria are still unclear. Lockyer Cut Flowers owner Stephen Spierling produces cut flowers, including roses, ranunculus, and…

An interview with Mohan Choudhery, CEO Black Tulip Flowers

Kenyan floriculture road to recovery from COVID-19 crisis

Black Tulip Flowers is one of the largest growers and exporter of fresh-cut flowers from Kenya. Black tulips have their farms at various locations in Kenya and employ thousands of people. They have their presence in all verticals of floriculture business from farms, wholesale, retail florist shops, and…

Colombia: Flores del Este awarded 'Best place to work 2020'

Flores del Este is pleased to announce they won the prize: Best place to work 2020. It was awarded by Asocolflores during the National Assembly this year in the presence of the Colombian President and they received the award last month. "We are so happy that our farm has been awarded the best place to…

North Pole Peonies

How one family accidentally became peony farmers

Ron Illingworth and his wife Marjorie have been interested in Peonies since the early 2000’s. The couple says it started as a fluke. “It seems that our peonies bloom at a totally different time than anybody else’s around the world.” Marjorie said. Almost 20 years ago the two had met several tourists at…

Arend Roses debuts on TikTok

With this video, Dutch rose grower Arend Roses made their debut on TikTok. "We are already very active on Instagram and Facebook, so we had to get on TikTok as well, a platform that is growing rapidly", says Annemieke van Loon, Manager Marketing and Communication at Arend Roses. And as you can see, the team had a lot of fun,…

Dendrobium cultivation in India: The bumpy road to success

The Indian culture is always associated with varied flowers like marigold, jasmine, tuberose and high value cut flowers like gerbera, carnation, rose, chrysanthemum etc. However, over the last years, the dendrobium, once supposed to be an exotic/imported flower, has taken a center place in every…

Florverde interview with Flores Aurora SAS

FSF standards as an unexpected way of facing COVID-19 in the flower sector

The coronavirus has strongly affected the world and the vast majority of economic sectors, where the flower industry is no exception. In the first weeks of the pandemic, sales decreased dramatically, with the added concern of being in one of the most important seasons for the industry: Mother’s Day.…

Colombia: Verdissimo joins Asocolflores

Verdissimo is one of the largest producers of preserved plants and flowers and they have different production plants distributed in different countries. One of the most…

Home Grown

British grower manages pests naturally using IPM

In its large scale production of ornamental plants, Lovania Nurseries uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM), managing pests naturally, which is a bio-friendly approach to growing that focuses on managing insects, weeds and disease through a combination of cultural, physical, biological and chemical…

River Bend Blooms

US (KY): Flower farmer continues business throughout pandemic

A local flower farmer has been finding new ways to bring beauty to South Central Kentucky even through a pandemic. Michelle Wheeler, of River Bend Blooms, has traditionally…

US (CA): 365 days of Spring at Sun Valley

Nestled amongst California’s giant redwoods, in the foggy town of Arcata (CA), Sun Valley is creating 365 days of Spring with their sustainably grown tulips, lilies & iris. They are one of the largest growers of fresh cut flowers in the United States and got its start when head grower and CEO Lane…

3 hectares available for large-scale plant nursery

UK farmer offers disused land to growers following COVID-19

Since the dawning of COVID-19 many UK fruit and vegetable growers are investigating new growing methods such as vertical farming to increase outputs and ensure supermarkets a healthy supply of produce. However, it’s not just the existing growers that are looking to contribute to the security and…

Rainforest Farms & Bouquets supplies Patriotic themed bouquets since their inception

US: "Flowers are a great way to honor our nation"

Independence Day in the U.S., which is celebrated on July 4th and is also known as the Fourth of July, is right around the corner and how better to celebrate this patriotic holiday than with flowers. Patriotic themed bouquets have always been in strong demand in the U.S. and even this year with all the…

Downtown Development Authority of Casper Wyoming

US (WY): Local greenhouse helps keep downtown Casper vibrant

The Downtown Development Authority usually asks Galles Greenhouse to finish the downtown flower beds by the middle of June for rodeo week. Galles' staff markets and designs what they are going to do for the beds each summer. Thousands of petunias, lantana flowers and others fill the beds. Anything that…

Ruigrok Flowerbulbs

Harvest season at Ruigrok Flowerbulbs

"In June it’s all hands on deck"

Due to the beautiful weather in Spring, the harvest season at the Ruigrok Flowerbulbs nursery started quite early this year. They began digging the first crocus bulbs on June 3rd, and continued harvesting tulip bulbs on June 8th. Depending on the weather, they are working with 1 to 3 digging machines at the same time, in both…


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