Grower in the spotlight

Alexander van Hoekelen, Van Hoekelen Greenhouses:

US (PA): "Better Christmas Cactus season compared to last year"

The Christmas Cactus season at Van Hoekelen Greenhouses in Kline Township (PA) has come to an end, and Alexander van Hoekelen is pleased with this year's results. "Due to the combination of the upgrades we did, the quality of the crop, and the good US economy, this year was better compared to last year."…

Signify teams up with Dutch gerbera grower for 1 ha toplighting project

Holstein Flowers, one of the world’s largest gerbera growers, is beginning a trial project using Philips GreenPower LED toplighting in a full climate compartment of 10,000 m2. LED toplighting will provide the right light spectrum to optimize cultivation and boost efficiency, while improving quality and…

How to succeed by thinking beyond “success”

Running a business day to day, it’s not easy to keep an eye on the big picture. And, in this age of global commerce and electronic communications, it can be challenging to build and maintain the person-to-person relationships that sustain a healthy business—especially a healthy flower business. by Bruce Wright For…

Corrina Lowe, Chambers Farm Flowers:

"I’d love to see more people choosing British flowers"

Corrina Lowe and her family moved to Kent from Surrey three years ago with the dream of finding a house with some land that she could grow flowers on. In January of 2017, they began to put drainage into the field, build a reservoir pond and lay rabbit proof fencing round five acres, all by hand. It was a…

Mordovia aims to become Russia's biggest rose exporter

In October, the head of Mordovia, Mr. Vladimir Volkov took part in the festive opening of their new greenhouse for growing roses in the village of Kadoshkino (Russia). Mr. Volkov congratulated the employees with the launch and rewarded those who showed special commitment. The head of Mordovia made a tour around the greenhouse and…

Using light spectrum to control kalanchoe growth

Hendriks Greenhouses is a family-run ornamentals grower near Niagara Falls, Ontario. Helen and Andrew Sr. founded the farm and original greenhouse in 1953, where they grew tomatoes. In 1967, the farm began to shift its focus from vegetables towards flowers. Today Hendriks Greenhouses is known in the…

Colombian growers preparing for El Niño

"Fenomeno del Niño is expected to affect La Sabana de Bogota from the end of December", Colombian grower Pablo Bazinni of La Plazoleta tells us. For more than three months, it is expected to become very dry, particularly in February and March, and growers are preparing for what is to come. "We already see it happening…

"Nursery flowers at cemetery prevent families from paying respects"

Tens of thousands of people are buried in Colma in an area that looks nothing like a cemetery. The remains of more than 25,000 San Franciscans now sit beneath the cut flower operation in a field along Colma Boulevard, beneath a private nursery. The field, which is now covered in flowers, sits between two big-box retailers:…

"Our customers recognize the high quality of our roses"

‘Thanks to the use of biological crop protection, the flowers are bigger, the stems are thicker, and we produce more flowers per square metre. We are now producing roses of exceptional quality that our customers can enjoy for a long time.’ Marek Dzida, one of the most prominent rose growers in Poland, is…

UK: New scholarship for ‘green’ student horticulturists

A new environmental scholarship has been launched by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) in the name of flower seed trade legend, John Gibson. The John Gibson Environmental Scholarship will award £1,500 to a student with a keen interest in environmental solutions and sustainable applications as applied to commercial…

US (CA): Industry members lend aid to wildfire evacuees

Nearly a month after the deadliest wildfire in California’s recorded history began, it is fully contained, thanks in part to recent rains, which have also helped to make the smoke-filled air breathable again. But the catastrophe is far from over for residents of Paradise, California, and surrounding communities. Thousands are…

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids gifts over $89K to Breast Cancer Resource Center

For the 4th consecutive year, Santa Barbara’s Westerlay Orchids successfully raised funds for the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara, bringing the floral shop’s total donations to just over $89,000 since 2015. For over 20 years, the BCRC has served the Santa Barbara area, providing free…

India: Flower grower sees earnings increase 23 times in 13 years

Once he was just assisting his father in gardening as a mere pastime. At that time he would have hardly imagined that time would pass by and one day it will stand him in good stead. Now he is a successful floriculturist, living in Pokatunga village under Bantala police limits in Angul district.

Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery

"What started out as a backyard prairie garden has grown to become a national retailer"

Founded by J. Robert Smith, Prairie Nursery began as a small garden on a half-acre plot as one of the first nurseries in the US to grow and market native plants. Inspired by the wildflowers and grasses growing around his farm, Smith began experimenting with Lupine and Butterflyweed, teaching himself how…

New Kenyan rose nursery Altima grows at 2550 meters

"A little higher, but it makes a real difference"

Simon van der Burg, grower and owner of Timaflor in Kenya, is enthusiastic about the launch of the new nursery Altima. "We are expanding more out of passion than necessity, but the opportunity is there, you know what to do, and you like it, so why not?" The farm of 10 hectares has recently been opened,…

Expanded summer flower assortment

Kenya: Aquila goes into bouquets

Because of the high labor costs and low availability of workers in Europe, Kenyan flower grower Aquila decided to go into bouquets. This farm, that primarily grows roses, started growing summer flowers two years ago and expanded their assortment over the last year. This enables them to make the required bouquets on source. Seth Riungu, Abhay…

Colombia: Jaroma Roses adds new varieties to assortment

The market is asking for consistency, but improving the assortment from time to time is essential as well. That is why Colombian rose grower Jaroma Roses every year renews 10 percent of their farm – which is 32 hectares in total. Last year they also expanded three hectares. At the IFTF Jaroma Roses presented 10 new…

US (CA): College students become flower farmers for float creation

Students from Cal Poly Universities recently harvested marigolds, strawflower and statice grown from seeds donated by Ball Horticultural. After being dried, the flower material will adorn Cal Poly’s 2019 float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Sydney Strong (with orange bucket) and her…

New Zealand: Tulip growers fined for illegal water takes

A Southland tulip business has been fined for unlawfully taking about 3.6 million litres of water during what was described as the region's driest year since 1971. Horizon Flowers New Zealand…

Finalists announced for AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2019 Awards

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has announced the finalists for the International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2019. The nine ornamental grower finalists come from: Belgium, China, Denmark, Kenya, the Netherlands and Poland. The finalists are: Clematis Źródło Dobrych Pnączy Spółka, z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością Spółka komandytowa, Poland…

Showing what's growing in Ecuador

Jet Fresh's Mike and Juanita took a tour of De Ruiter’s showroom/testing ground to see the varieties they’re breeding and growing soon at Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. In addition to the visit to De Ruiter, they've also provided an update on various roses growing at the Ecuador greenhouse right now. Read all about it here.

4 new farms earn American Grown certification

Four new flower farms have recently officially become Certified American Grown, joining a cadre of 60 certified farms nationwide. These farms vary in size and in the varieties…

For sale: 5ha tropical flower farm

Ready for an exotic Mexican adventure?

In the Tabasco area of Mexico, a 5ha tropical flower farm has been put up for sale. At the Expo Agroalimentaria that took place earlier this month, owners Alejandra Yris and Arialdo Magana promoted their flowers and announced the sale of their property.  Alejandra Yris and Arialdo Magana at the Expo Agroalimentaria in Irapuato, Mexico.…

US (VA): The Bloom Farm receives seed capital matching grant

Come spring a commercial greenhouse offering flowers and ornamental and landscape plants for sale is scheduled to open in the Dickenson County community, a new business that is a recent recipient of a $10,000 Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) seed capital matching grant. The Bloom Farm, LLC…

UK: Bench honours champion flower grower Stan Pennington

A commemorative bench to honour a war veteran and flower grower has been unveiled in Saint Helens. The bench, in memory of Second World War veteran Stan Pennington, was opened in a ceremony at the allotment site on Alder Hey Road which is named after Stan. Stan, who passed away this year aged 93, was a stalwart of the allotment…

"Sustainable joy through certified flowers"

Most consumers do not think ordinarily about the origin of the cut flowers they purchase. Though many people are informed, conscious consumers who do know to hunt for eco-friendly products for many aspects of their lives such as food, beverages, and body care, when it comes to the flowers at the center…

Greenhouse builder Vermako

Largest plant grower in South Africa to expand with 5 hectares

LVG Plants, the company of the Van Geest family, is the largest plant grower in South Africa. The grower has been seeing his business grow in the past years, and so he has been able to invest in sustainable power supply, in new construction, and, next year, in expansion. Soon, 5 hectares will be added,…

January 1, 2019 the collaboration officially begins

NL: Peet van Kester and JK Plant join forces to become Kester Kuijvenhoven

On January 1, 2019 Peet van Kester and JK Plant will officially continue together under the name Kester Kuijvenhoven. The merger is intended to further streamline their production and marketing of araucaria. Peet will focus more on propagating young plants, and JK Plant will take on an extra part of the…

Ben Cross:

"We need to encourage florists and the public to support British grown flowers"

Ben Cross (aka Alstroemeria Ben - he can often be spotted on social media in his 'British Flowers Rock' T-shirt) is a 4th generation flower grower with his great grandparents being one of the original families to take part in the Land Settlement Association (LSA) back in 1936. Crosslands Flower Nursery…

Expansion Amazone Plants starts

NL: Anthurium growers expands nursery to 58,000 m²

Founded in 2010, Amazone Plants used to grow seven types of Anthurium in pot size 17. However, not anymore, due to a considerable expansion, both in the assortment and the company itself.  The current anthurium nursery New varieties in 12,14 and 17cm Where the assortment formerly only consisted of pot size 17cm Anthuriums, now…

Australia: Ron Boekel takes pride in his peony plants

Ron Boekel speaks with great fervour about his peonies, particularly his 9,000 tree peonies. He has them growing “in every conceivable colour, from pure black to the darkest of yellows” on his and wife Sharon’s 3.4ha Monbulk property, as well as herbaceous varieties and a cross between the two, called an Itoh Peony.…

Video: Experience Ecuador's largest rose farm

In September, we visited Ecuador's largest rose farm, Rosaprima, and wrote an extensive article on what we saw there . If that got you interested in visiting there as well, but you're not able to go there yourself, here's the next best thing. In this video posted by Rosaprima, join Juan Martín Gómez, the grower's Chief…

Dutch lily grower starts bulb harvest

The autumn leaves are falling, and the trees are getting ready for the cold of winter. The bulbs from which Lily Looks' pot lilies will emerge are doing the same. The bulbs were put in the ground at the end of March and flowered there. In the past months they have died off and are now ready for harvesting. After harvesting they are cleaned…

"We are raring to go"

Kenya: Panocal finishes replanting 8 hectares

Just like painting your house, replanting is hard work. However, it is a job every grower has to do from time to time. Kenyan grower Panocal just finished replanting 8 hectares of their in total 41 hectare farm. “Labor wise it was quite an investment. It took us from April to September, but we are happy…

Japan: Growers sell flowers along the Cyclamen Main Road

Red, white and pink cyclamen plants, popular presents in winter, are growing in a greenhouse at Nakagakiengei flower park in the Tokyo suburban town of Mizuho, ahead of the peak season for shipment. There are several cyclamen growers in the town that sell the flower directly along a road called Cyclamen…

Pieter Mertens, Deroose Plants & Exotic Plant

US (FL): "We grow fast, faster than our space allows us to"

"We grow fast, faster than our space allows us to", says Pieter Mertens, Production Manager at the Deroose Plants & Exotic Plant in Apopka (FL), USA. For this reason, this young and finished plants supplier is looking for opportunities to expand their 3.6 ha nursery in the near future. Last month, we…

Karel Bolbloemen, Ammerlaan-Sosef and Leybaert

Dutch Flower Awards winners announced

Marco van Zijverden, CEO of Dutch Flower Group (DFG), announced the winners of the 2018 Dutch Flower Awards at the DFG stand during the RFH Trade Fair. “Sustainability” was the central theme of this year’s honours.  Dutch Flower Awards 2018 This is now the 17th time DFG has put its supply chain partners in the spotlight…

New Zealand: Award for services to the rose

Tauranga rose breeder Rob Somerfield received the New Zealand Rose Award for services to the rose in New Zealand. The award is presented by the New Zealand Rose Society but is not an annual award. Society vice-president Hayden Foulds said it is is awarded only when there is a suitable candidate. The citation with the award to…

Australia: Quality staff key to future growth at The Green Gallery

Quality staff is the backbone of business and the key to future expansion for first generation grower Jeremy Critchley who runs The Green Gallery, a wholesale nursery in Dural, New South Wales. The business, which specialises in premium potted plants, has grown from a bench in Jeremy’s backyard in Concord West fourteen…

UK: How a project manager became a flower grower

Caroline Onions was inspired to start growing flowers after reading an article full of beautiful flower farming pictures and trugs (however, she skimmed over the bits mentioning early mornings and hard work). In late 2016, she found herself mulling over what to do with her extra time after her youngest…

British flower farming: a very photogenic business

Flowers are great models in front of the camera, but these British flower growers aren't too shabby either. It'd be hard to find someone who knows this better than Tessa Bunney, the documentary photographer behind the FarmerFlorist series. Join us as she tells us all about this very special floral…

US (MI): Settlement reached in greenhouse manager’s lawsuit against city

A settlement has been reached in a former city of Holland employee’s lawsuit against the city. Holland City Council voted unanimously Nov. 7 to approve the terms of a settlement agreement reached in the case Shelly DeVries, former greenhouse manager, who sued the city in January, alleging she was fired for reporting…

US (CT): 38-year industry veteran on transition to MMJ

Greg Schaan's family owned and operated a farm raising small grains and turkeys in Rugby, North Dakota, a city of about 3,100 people, south of the Canadian border. "I knew that I wanted to work in agriculture," Schaan said. "But I also have a very strong interest, even when I was working on the farm, in knowing what's…

Ard Ammerlaan, Prudac

Nature, health and fun come together in potted vegetable market

"If you want to show your customers what they can have in their stores in the spring, you have to bring them here now." Ard Ammerlaan, Prudac, rents a test greenhouse in the Demokwekerij on the Zwethlaan in the Westland, and is now conducting year round tests with potted tomatoes and potted bell peppers.…

Why a Canadian flower exporter is limiting growth in U.S.

Jeffery’s Greenhouses, a third-generation flower grower and plant supplier in St. Catharines, Ont., exports 30 per cent of its products annually to the United States. So the company was watching the recent North American free-trade talks with concern. But even now that the deal has been concluded, the…

Australia: Data revolutionising R&D decisions for Jong’s Nursery

A quiet revolution has occurred in Australia’s nursery industry. Long gone are the days of growers producing plants in their backyard or running a greenhouse as something ‘on the side’. It’s a view echoed by South Australian grower Peter Jong who, together with his father Nico, operates a successful production nursery that…

New Zealand: Peony growers 'flat out' until Christmas

What started as a plan to diversify their property is now a full-time business for Rodger and Cindy Whitson, who have 10,000 peony plants on their 4ha block in Mosgiel. In 2000, Mr Whitson, originally a meat worker, and Mrs Whitson, a dispensary technician, were looking into ways they could diversify their property. After…

Merry Mott, FNGLA:

"An industry of big hearts"

Whenever we heard about natural disaster hitting our state, including the September 2017 Hurricane Irma, FNGLA members and certified professionals jump to the aid of their fellow industry members. Last month’s Hurricane Michael was no different. by Merry Mott, FNGLA's Director of Industry Certifications & Career Development This unprecedented…

Karel Bolbloemen, Ammerlaan-Sosef and Leybaert win Dutch Flower Awards 2018

Marco van Zijverden, CEO of Dutch Flower Group (DFG), announced the winners of the 2018 Dutch Flower Awards at the DFG stand during the RFH Trade Fair. “Sustainability” was the central theme of this year’s honours. Dutch Flower Awards 2018 This is now the 17th time DFG has put its supply chain partners in the…

US (CA): Iraq veteran turns flower grower

You've heard of turning swords into plowshares. How about turning soldiers into farmers? Private groups and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have launched programs intended to recruit former service members into the agricultural ranks. One private group, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, is based in Davis. It was founded in 2008…

New Zealand: Nursery industry runner up Young Hort 2018

Runner up Young Horticulturalist of the year Devin Westley is an extraordinary young man with a huge passion for his work as a nurseryman and innovator in the industry. His employer Southern Woods Nursery and NZ Plant Producers’ Industry are delighted with his win/placing as New Zealand Young…

Australian micro-flower farmers go hyperlocal

Across Victoria micro-farms are sprouting, dedicated to producing bee-friendly, no- or low-chemical botanicals for the local cut-flower industry. Hayley Connor is one such grower. For the past two years Hayley has run The Rook Blooms on the four-hectare Bullengarook property she shares with her husband, Daniel, and two children. In…

UK: New scholarships available to students

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for student horticulturists. This year sees the launch of three new scholarships providing even more opportunities to students who have a passion for trees, sustainability or research. NEW - The Majestic Trees Sponsored Travel Scholarship is offering up to £3,000…

Obituary: Mark Mattock of rose growing firm Mattock's Roses

Mark Mattock, who has died aged 89, was a talented rose grower who shared his skills across the continent. The lifelong Oxfordshire resident was the great grandson of John Mattock, who founded…

US: Kansas State horticulture student named Shinoda Scholar of the Year

Kansas State University’s Megan Haresnape is the 2018-19 Shinoda Scholar of the Year – the Foundation’s highest award. “Megan’s drive and discipline stood out as exceptional among the talented aspiring horticulturists we reviewed,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “As the first generation of her…

Spanish rose grower innovates cultivation, gears up for expansion

Eighteen months since the first rose was presented at Royal FloraHolland, Aleia Roses is once again at the Trade Fair. During the last 12 months, nearly 35 million stems have been sold, over 30 million through RFH and mainly through auction clocks. Direct channels of RFH are increasing its importance month by month…

Ugandan agriculture graduates acquire cultivation skills in Israel

Ugandan graduates who are currently undergoing agriculture training at Danziger in Israel have acquired advanced skills. The training project is fully funded by the Israeli government following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Uganda in 2016. During his visit, Netanyahu said Israel is coming back to…

Alta Sierra Roses

One of Ecuador's highest rose farms to attract ecological tourism

Growing roses on an altitude of 3100 meters, its daily reality for Alta Sierra Roses, one of the highest rose farms in Ecuador. In the heart of the province of Carchi, in the north of the Ecuadorian Andes, they grow several varieties of roses. Next year they are expanding the farm with more space to grow…

Narendra Patil, Soex Flora at the FlowersExpo in Moscow

“They couldn’t tell the difference between Kenyan and our Indian grown roses”

This year’s FlowerExpo was a popular spot for mainly South American and some Kenyan rose growers, but also some growers from other countries showed their roses in Moscow. “The Russian visitors were surprised to see an Indian rose farm at the exhibition”, Narendra Patil laughs. “They could not tell the…

New Zealand: A utopia of orchids

Utopia Orchids are professional growers and exporters of mini Cymbidium Orchids and Italian Ruscus. They grow product for the domestic and export market and you will find their cut flowers and foliage being sold throughout retailers all across New Zealand. NZ Flowers Week visited owner/operator Peter to hear all about his journey with flowers. Take a look…

Growing roses for the whole of New Zealand

Shipherd Nurseries is family owned and operated; established by Jaap and Annet van Dorsser in 1987. In 2006, their son Frans joined the business allowing for further growth. They grow standard roses, spray roses, gerberas and amaryllis which you can find at flower retailers throughout New Zealand. NZ Flowers Week were…

US (CA): Farmer hopes marijuana revenue will buoy business

A farm once known for flowers and now famous for pumpkins is at the center of the marijuana debate in Half Moon Bay, California — and the focus of a lengthy feature story in this week’s Washington Post . Tuesday’s election will determine whether Eda and John Muller, owners of Daylight Farms, will be allowed to use…

Kenyan flower industry impresses Namibian President Geingob

Namibian President Hage Geingob on his recent three-day state visit to Kenya not only committed to strengthen diplomatic ties with that country but also took time to tour some of the flourishing Kenyan commercial flower farms. The demand for Kenya flowers all over the world is rising, and the East African country is…

Will Womack, FNGLA:

"FNGLA member response to Hurricane Michael heart-warming"

I have joked I didn’t forecast well my service for the FNGLA. I failed to take into consideration “my year” was an election year and what an historic election cycle this has turned out to be!  So, please do your part and make your, our, voice heard. The older I get, the more I think, “this is the most important…

Rosa Eskelund on her Infinity roses

Potted roses: From seasonal to year-round crop

"Some years ago, we couldn’t sell pot roses in the winter and we needed to empty the greenhouses. But things changed. Now, December is a month with a filled greenhouse", says rose breeder Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever who also owns Rosa ApS. Soon, the greenhouse of this Danish potted mini rose nursery…

US (MA): Dale Deppe receives Jackson Dawson Memorial Award

Thursday, Oct. 18, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MHS) hosted their 118th Honorary Medals Dinner at Wellesley, MA, continuing a tradition of awarding medals to individuals and organizations for their contributions to excellence in horticulture for the public good. Founded in 1829, the MHS is America’s oldest organized…

"Illegal crop protection products from Danish horticultural companies ends up in nature"

During an investigation of 113 horticultural companies thirty illegal crop protection products were found in the surrounding bodies of water. Both legal and illegal crop…

Pieter Mertens:

US (FL): Deroose Plants didn't miss a beat after last year's fire

It’s the worst possible news for a grower – a fire that completely lays waste to the greenhouse. That’s what happened at young and finished plant grower Deroose Plants in Apopka (FL), USA in November 2017. After a year of hard work consisting of repairing the greenhouse and continuing their production,…

Australia: Masterclass scholarships and placements up for grabs

Are you a professional working in the horticulture industry who wants to take their career to the next level? No matter what your level of expertise, no matter what your ambition, the Masterclass In Horticultural Business is a flexible program tailored to your needs, designed by some of horticulture’s best from around…

Soaring over Sun Valley

Sun Valley Floral Farms launched a farm tour video at PMA. This video highlights their flowers, team members and farms. The new release employs drone footage to capture the essence of their California farms. Watch it here: For more information: The Sun Valley Group 3160 Upper Bay Road Arcata, CA 95521-9690 T: 800-747-0396 F: 707-826-8708 www.thesunvalleygroup.com

Jobu resolves logistics problems with Martin Keijzer

Getting Cyperus to consumers intact

It may not be part of your local florist's standard selection, but with some luck you'll find it in most garden centers. This niche product, the cyperus, is therefore not grown very much, but Martin Keijzer from Nieuwveen (Netherlands) is the exception. He has lots of experience with the decorative…

Pro Manager Mastercourse Floriculture, Jungle Talks

International managers on tour in the Netherlands

Yesterday, 16 international floricultural managers started their Pro Manager Mastercourse Floriculture. The group, now two weeks in the Netherlands to improve their knowledge level, gathered for their first meeting at the Westland Museum in the town of Honselersdijk. Later on, they visited the Certhon…

AgroMiranda at the FlowersExpo Moscow for the first time:

Prize-winning newcomer wants to bring Venezuelan anthuriums to Russia

Imagine, you exhibit for the first time in Russia, looking to expand your export, and your product immediately wins an award. That happened to AgroMiranda, a grower from Venezuela at this year’s FlowerExpo in Moscow, Russia. The team of AgroMiranda at the FlowersExpo 2018. “People are in love with the flowers and the quality of…

US (FL): Oglesby Plants International rebounding from devastation of Hurricane Michael

After a devastating punch from Hurricane Michael Oglesby Plants International will take a big step in ongoing recovery as it begins shipping again during the week of October 29. Though initial availabilities will be limited, liner supplies will increase in step with infrastructure repairs in the coming…

Martijn van Geel

NL: "Van Geel Orchids has the best shelf-life Phalaenopsis"

For over 1.5 years people have been growing without the use of chemicals and ethylene-blockers and has, as was shown in stability tests conducted by FloraHolland, the least amount of bud failure. This is told to us by a proud Martijn van Geel of Van Geel Orchids from Erica in the Dutch province of…

Netherlands: Four companies nominated for Horticultural Entrepreneur Award

The finalists for the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award 2019 have been announced. Michiel F. van Ginkel, chairman of the board at Royal FloraHolland, paid a surprise visit to Anthura in Bleiswijk, Dekker Chrysanten in Hensbroek, Opti-flor in Monster and Wim Peters Kwekerijen in Someren. All four top entrepreneurs have the…

US (IL): Growers branch out into agrotourism

Joe Heidgen runs Shady Hill Gardens near Elburn. His business consists of a greenhouse complex that grows flowers year round. He says mums are popular this time of the year. "Obviously the greenhouses that we just walked through are filled with poinsettias so those are a couple months off, and then on the other side…

A visit to one of Ecuador's fastest growing farms: Much Flowers

"Joining forces is something new for Ecuadorian growers"

"Ecuadorian growers want to do things on their own, and joining forces is something unusual and new for this country", says Juan Jose Albuja of Much Flowers. Two years ago, he merged his gypsophila farm Flodecol with another farm and established Much Flowers. Over the years, they have grown, and more…

Winners of “Get Social” Landscape Design Challenge announced by All-America Selections

All-America Selections, for the 2018 Landscape Design Challenge, went a bit out of the traditional garden comfort zone with a new theme. This year’s theme was “Get Social in the Garden” and it was left up to each garden to interpret how to carry out this theme. Using social media was certainly well-used…

UK: Reflections of a six packer at the IPPS European Conference

Thomas Everard, 19, an apprentice at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, who has ownership of his own area of the nursery, recently attended the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Thomas was one of 6 successful applicants of the 6 pack awards, which is available every year…

US (CA): San Francisco horticulture major is first recipient of new CalFlowers scholarship

A City College of San Francisco student has been selected to receive the first annual CalFlowers Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded every year to an undergraduate student who demonstrates a commitment to working in the floriculture industry. Roamie Thatcher, a San Francisco Botanical Gardens volunteer, private gardener, and community…

Colombian rose grower Milagro has been shaking things up this year

Plenty of things have changed at Colombian rose grower Milagro over the last year. Next to refreshing their brand, they became exclusive supplier of Explorer in Colombia and they started growing ranunculus. Exclusive supplier Milagro is the exclusive supplier of Explorer, “This means that we are the only ones who…

US (CA): Flower farm has deep roots in San Diego County

Now a leading cut-flower grower, shipper and wholesaler, Mellano and Co. had modest beginnings. Giovanni Mellano set up shop in 1925 as a wholesale distributor in Los Angeles. He soon expanded his business by purchasing six acres in the Los Angeles area and began growing his own flowers. Today, Mellano and Co.…

Deliciously scented roses from southern France

Every year around 200,000 new rose plants emerge in Provence, a region in southern France. All of this is done by hand by the Meilland family and its employees. After a testing period of 5 to 7 years in France, and at various locations in Europe, Japan and the USA, about 10 to 15 new varieties are…

Russia: Moscow greenhouse grower celebrates 50th anniversary

The produce of this complex is sold all around Moscow. The flowers grown here annually decorate the festival Flower Jam. The Mayor of Moscow, Mr. Sergey Sobyanin visited the enterprise and congratulated the employees. “It is a significant jubilee for the enterprise. We want to thank you for providing the Moscow dwellers…

”Growing roses is pure business”

Zelalem Messele (47) has been running a 16 hectare rose nursery in Bishoftu (Ethiopia) since 2007. After having worked as a banker in England for a while, in 2007 he came to Ethiopia, the country of his family, to start a flower nursery. He chose roses because most of the production takes place within this segment. Zelalem…

Terri Bates, Capital Caladiums Company

The pros of pre-finished caladiums

With a third generation in the company, the Bates family knows everything about caladium. In 1946, Emmet Bates started by planting a 5 gallon bucket of mixed caladium varieties, and the company has grown over the years. Now they grow 100 acres of caladium bulbs. In addition to caladium bulb production…

Anton Aarse:

“Products sell better with good photos”

A professional photography studio is not essential in order to take good product photos, but it can be useful, according to Anton Aarse from lisianthus nursery Floralis in Honselersdijk. Anton runs the business with his brother, Jan Willem. Their parents founded the business in 1966 and they still lend a helping…

US: Shinoda Foundation awards $20,000 in horticulture scholarships

The Shinoda Foundation has awarded twelve scholarships to horticulture students from across the country. “The Shinoda Foundation was created to help secure the future not only of horticulture, but of aspiring young growers, researchers, breeders, retailers and more,” says Bob Otsuka, president. “Fortunately, awarding these…

Turkey: Fluctuation in Turkish currency cut down 30 % of the profit margin of exporting growers

The growers in Antalya, the most important production region in Turkey for cut flowers, have not upped their price despite the increase of costs of their many production items…

Da!Rosa

This potted rose grower wants to become Russia's biggest

“Customers like to have more varieties from one company so that they only have to deal with a few suppliers”, says Denis Kolpakov of Da!Rosa. This Russian grower of potted roses grows several Kordana varieties (a variety of German rose breeder Kordes Roses) and is expanding their range. Their ambition is…

UK: Garden presenter visits Howard Nurseries

Ellen Mary, a British garden presenter, recently paid a visit to Howard Nurseries. In the resulting video, Christine of Howard Nurseries tells more about the grower. The video also features some cool drone footage by Shaun Lawson. Check it out below: For more information Howard Nurseries www.howardnurseries.co.uk

US: Nurseries lick wounds after Hurricane Michael

The Georgia Green Industry Association is in contact with many growers in the southern half of Georgia who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Damage ranges from overturned nursery stock to severe loss of both structures and crops. This photo from Greenbrier Nurseries illustrates the damage Hurricane Michael has…

CAN (QC): Growers launch marketing push for local flowers

More and more Quebecers are taking an interest in where their food comes from and where their money is going. They want good food, ideally from a local farmer. And they want that food to be ethically and sustainably grown. Quebec farmers like Simon White believe the time is right for a similar movement in flowers.…

Australia: Growing demand for sustainable flowers

Demand for sustainably grown flowers is on the rise thanks to a greater awareness of the effects chemicals and long-haul transport can have on the environment. And flower grower and florist Lindsey Brown says thinking local is a good start when trying to buy environmentally friendly bouquets. "The same people who are interested in…

Valeria Lobato Jarrín, Florpaxi:

Supplying Ecuadorian roses to a challenging market

“China is such an interesting market for us, because it has a large, growing population and economic power”, says Valeria Lobato Jarrín of Florpaxi, an Ecuadorian rose farm. “It is a market that is still relatively new for Ecuadorian roses and trading with this country offers us an opportunity to expand…

Tuinbouw Jongeren Oostland on a business trip

Discovering Portugese horticulture with 29 students

Recently, Tuinbouw Jongeren Oostland (TJO) visited Wageningen with 29 young horticulturists, accompanied by Stefan Hendriks and fellow board members Tijmen van den Bosch and Leon van Mil. In Portugal, perhaps not the most obvious destination for greenhouse growers, there are a number of active Dutch…

Royal Lemkes on sustainable awareness

Natural materials, own energy storage, electric bikes - Royal Lemkes clearly has a very green heart. Even the coffee cups are recycled into toilet paper. As FSI accelerator, Royal Lemkes is dedicated to making the chain more sustainable. Royal FloraHolland discussed this with Elise Wieringa, Manager…

UK: 6 pack award winner for Bransford Webbs

Thomas Everard, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, has won a place on the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference, taking place this year in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Thomas, 19, an apprentice at Bransford Webbs, who has ownership of his own area on the nursery, impressed the judging panel with…

New Zealand: Grower exports 90% of the Cymbidium Orchids they grow

Martin Nieuwenhuijsen is grower manager at one of Ruby Orchids Ltd properties. Dick Oostdam, the owner of Ruby Nurseries, has several growing sites situated in Drury and Ramarama in South Auckland, New Zealand. Martin oversees a site in Drury which covers over 1.2 hectares growing entirely cymbidium…

Australia: Orchid love affair sees couple to half a century of marriage

Passionate orchid growers John and Sharyn Frisch spent their half-century wedding anniversary competing at the Rockhampton Orchid Society's biannual show over the weekend. The Rockhampton couple married in 1968 and have spent the years raising two children, travelling the world together and fuelling their passion for…

Colombia: Turflor expands with 20 ha

The last few months were exciting for Colombian carnation grower Turflor. They are expanding their production area with 20 hectares (from 35 to 55). The construction work started last year and they expect to have all greenhouses finished at the end of 2018. Mauricio Briceño at the FlowersExpo 2018 in…

Colombia: Hydrangea farm reunites mother and daughter

Maria Eugenia Gomez and her daughter Catalina Arango are reunited because the universe wanted it that way. This is what Mariu firmly believes (as all those named Maria Eugenia are called Mariu with affection). A woman who becomes a widow in 1995 and four years later, begins a hobby that ends up forming the company…

Europe's largest greenhouse vineyard

From rose greenhouse to vineyard under glass

On Friday 28 September, Europe's largest greenhouse vineyard could be admired on television. In Dutch TV program BinnensteBuiten, chef Leon Mazairac and sommelier Lendl Mijnhijmer visited Egchel in Limburg, where a former rose nursery of 1.5 hectares was turned into a vineyard in 2015. Winemaker Joep van…

Video: Year-round phalaenopsis in Ontario greenhouse

Hoogendoorn visited their customer CosMic Plants in Ontario, Canada. Cosmic Plants is a greenhouse operation where Phalaenopsis Orchids are grown all year round. Check out the video below for a peek inside this growth operation. For more information: Hoogendoorn Growth Management T: +31 (0)10 460 80 80 info@hoogendoorn.nl www.hoogendoorn.nl

Australia: Queensland flower business for sale

From just over half an hour outside the Brisbane CBD to the state’s far north, these properties have been successfully making a living from their on-site businesses. Now you can too. These surprisingly self sufficient Queensland green homes peddle petals to pay their mortgages, come with their own igloos and a…

Richard Sonnabend, Malima:

Bringing more open flowering gypsophilas to the market

For many markets, it is something new and unusual, but Ecuadorian farm Malima has been doing it for 28 years and its customers throughout the world are pleased with the results. This farm is almost exclusively dedicated to gypsophilas and produce them outdoors in Cuenca – 500 km South of Quito – on 20…

Ecuador: Sisapamba and Divine Flowers hold special event for their clients

Sisapamba and her sister company Divine Flowers for Life (preserved flowers) held a special event for their clients on Friday September 21. It was the last day of the ExpoFlor 2018, where this Ecuadorian farm exhibited for three days.  At the end of the show, they organized two chiva buses where they took their clients around…

Kenya: Oserian responds to criticism

"We were in shock and dismayed by a story published in the Saturday Standard of September 22, titled ‘Blooms of Death; Flowers rake billions at the cost of poor workers’ lives’ with a sidebar titled ‘Doctors warned me against going back to the flower farm’", writes Mary Kinyua, Director, Human Resources…

Kenya: Farm invests 180,000 USD in water

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has called on local companies to adopt modern water technology. Speaking when he launched a Sh18 million [180,000 USD] water filtering plant at Molo River Roses in Rongai, Nakuru County, yesterday, the senator said the multi-million shilling investment that uses Israeli water technology was…

Ecuador: Magic Flowers saves species from the jungle

The beautiful, exotic flowers of the South American rainforest are under threat. More and more rainforest is being destroyed. Nursery Magic Flowers has since 1990 saved various kinds from endangered areas and cultivated them at their eco-friendly garden, near the Ecuadorian coast. Each year a piece of rainforest the size of the…

CGC Bus Tour: challenges for Canadian enterprises in a good market

Due to the switch being made by its competitors to cannabis and the gap occurring in the market, the team of plant nursery Waldan Gardens has decided to expand its company faster than originally planned. It's one example on how the cannabis industry affects the whole horticultural industry at the moment.…

US: PPA names 2018 Special Award recipients

The Perennial Plant Association has announced the recipients of the 2018 Special Awards. Seven distinguished leaders of the perennial industry were nominated by their peers…

Rosaprima:

A visit to Ecuador's largest rose farm

At Rosaprima, the largest rose farm in Ecuador, they grow 150 varieties on 136 ha in four farms. They are continuously investing in improving their crop by using new technologies, methods to reduce their environmental impact and providing the best work and social conditions for their employees. Last…

Central theme: Sustainability

Nominations announced for 2018 Dutch Flower Awards

Dutch Flower Group (DFG) has this year again nominated nine growers for the 2018 Dutch Flower Awards. This means it’s now the 17th time that DFG is putting its chain partners in the spotlight at the Dutch Flower Awards. The awards will be presented in the following categories: Cut Flowers, Plants, and…

The brothers with 100 million blooms

To deliver their ‘Blooming Joy’ brand of flowers to customers more sustainably, brothers Jarno and Dieter Baas are constantly improving their greenhouse growing processes and considering their environmental impact. Some Europeans buy flowers as often as eggs and milk. Others buy potted or garden plants with the change of the…

Kenya: Oserian Flowers wins innovation, inclusivity, workplace awards

Oserian Development Company has been awarded in three categories of the 2018 Federation of Kenya Employers awards, emerging as the only winner in the horticulture industry. The win in the innovation and productivity, responsible business conduct and inclusivity and diversity categories, rubberstamps the farm’s  commitment…


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