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Keukenhof director Bart Siemerink about the different types of tulips

Because you cannot visit Keukenhof right now, the organizaton of the flower park decided to bring Keukenhof to you. In this video Managing Director Bart Siemerink shows you all the different types of tulips. He also takes you to the tulip where it all started with 400 years ago. For more information:Keukenhofkeukenhof.nl

Houseplant of the Month, Spring in the Garden & Easter

During these unprecedented times, the Flower Council will continue to share a message of hope and continue to inspire consumers with our wonderful products. They will continue to herald in the spring, share plant-filled content, tips and DIY projects, and inform readers of the Houseplant of the Month…

Virtual garden and museum tours you can take from home

Cooped up at home and want a change in scenery? Now you can enjoy stunning sights from the comfort of your own couch. From the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. to the Highgrove Gardens in the United Kingdom, you can visit botanical gardens, flower conservatories, and museums around the world with…

Seasonal workers arrive in Canada

The following updates from OFVGA and FARMS provide clarity around worker isolation, pay, and an update on arrivals. Please be aware that Ontario’s Ministry of Health released…

#FlowerBoostChallenge crosses borders

The #FlowerBoostChallenge crosses borders! The initiative to support floricultural growers started in The Netherlands and found its way to Belgium, UK and Canada. Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, the prices for cut flowers and potted plants have decreased dramatically. This week many flowers and plants…

Reinventing the Spring Trials experience

It’s another year of innovation for the Proven Winners brand, and they're delivering the California Spring Trials experience directly to you in a new way this year.                               New this year, they are debuting Proven Winners OnDemand. Through online video content, they will provide helpful tips for brokers to learn how to position products to fit customers’ needs, and in-depth content on a wide range of topics from knowledgeable propagator partners. On May 4th…

5 years of Westland Horti Tours ambassadors for Dutch horticulture

Westland Horti Tours celebrated its 5th anniversary on April 1st. 5 years ago, Aad Verduijn started guiding mainly foreign visitors in greenhouses and companies in the…

Kenya: Flowers of Hope to save thousands of farm jobs

On 30th March 2020, KEPSA launched a campaign dubbed “Flowers of Hope” under its Economic Framework for COVID-19 response. The campaign will be implemented through KEPSA members as follows: Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Elgon Kenya, Kenya Airways and Jambojet with…

Norwegian borders to open for entry by some EEA nationals

Norway is opening its borders for seasonal workers from EEA countries in the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors and the food industry. The Ministry of Justice and Public Security…

How to sell flowers during the coronavirus

Coronavirus has changed the world. People have been at home social distancing, and the flower market has been one of the most affected. In the news, we have seen flowers being discarded due to the declining demand and limited commercial flights. However, we must bear in mind that this is something…

Ornamental Trade Associations of Colombia:

"The market has crashed, but we are working to transform our competitive position"

The determination of many governments to prioritize the food chain in the midst of the crisis caused by Covid-19 has affected many agricultural producers around the world, and Colombia - the world's second largest exporter of flowers - has been no exception. Caproflor, Geffa-Fenalco, and Colviveros came…

Campanula: Houseplant of the Month April 2020

Campanula is a plant with a fresh look, mainly in shades of blue, purple and white. The name bellflower suggests a plant with bell-shaped flowers. This is also reflected in the scientific name: Campana means ‘bell’, and Campanula is the diminutive: little bell. There are also varieties that have…

US growers find alternative distribution channels

Cindy Bench is a co-owner with her husband, David at Bench Farms on Route 2, and they say they're doing things a little differently this year. Something they've never done before: an online ordering process. Opening day is April 1st. Cindy tells 13abc, "We always open up April 1st which is April Fool's…

UK: AHDB 2020/2021 Horticulture levy rate agreed

Levy rates applied to growers by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) for next financial year - from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 - have been approved by…

US: House passes third coronavirus relief bill

The House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the third piece of legislation to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.                                            The legislation follows H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18, and H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6. “The American people are depending on the government to provide every resource necessary for a strong federal, state, and local response to the coronavirus pandemic,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita…

Virtual Keukenhof:

Gardener André takes you to the lake garden

Because you cannot visit Keukenhof right now, the park decided to bring Keukenhof to you, showing the most beautiful places of the park. In this video, gardener André takes you to his favorite place in Keukenhof: the lake garden. Everything comes together there: ancient trees, a big lake and beautiful…

Kick-off huge art installation #flowers4oxygen at Keukenhof: who's next?

The first flower and plant artwork by #flowers4oxygen on the grounds of famous Dutch flower park Keukenhof is ready. Photos and drone images can now be seen online using hashtag #flowers4oxygen and at www.flowers4oxygen.com. The movement calls similar creative initiatives around the world to share them…

Garden Center 911: Instant online revenue — no tech required

As garden centers across the United States are ordered to shut their doors to comply with shelter in place and social distancing measures in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19, Little Prince of Oregon Nursery has launched a new online referral program to help businesses maintain service to customers…

A video of Flowers of Colombia

Colombian flowers share their story

"Dear world, can you see us?" With this sentence, the recently launched video of Flowers of Colombia starts. In less then one minute, they tell the story out of the perspective of the flowers grown in Colombia and nurtured by 140,000 Colombian workers. "Allow us to bring smiles and harmony to the world."…

Virtual Keukenhof:

Gardener Michael in the Willem-Alexander Pavilion

Because you cannot visit Keukenhof right now, they decided to bring Keukenhof to you. In the upcoming weeks they will show you the most beautiful places of the park. In this video, gardener Michael takes us to the Willem-Alexander Pavilion. For more information:Keukenhofkeukenhof.nl

A positive floral message filled with hope

Flower Council launches ‘Let hope bloom’

COVID-19 is having a major impact on the floriculture sector. The Flower Council of Holland is working hard to find a way to maintain consumers’ interest in flowers in a positive and appropriate way. That is why the consumer campaign ‘Let hope bloom’ will be launched on Friday 27 March. The campaign will…

The gift of flowers

Passion often leads to purpose, and this month, that purpose came in the form of giving the Gift of Flowers. by Diana Roy, Resendiz Brothers We love flower farming here in California, especially in the springtime when there are so many varieties to choose from and the colors are amazing. Our farm's shipping department was…

Ontario enabling financial relief for businesses

The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19. The measure, which will run through…

Dealing with disaster may be the last thing on your mind, but are you prepared?

The COVID-19 posts asking if your business could survive if you, as owner/operator/key manager, got sick, reminded me that we never ‘plan to fail, but to often fail to plan’!…

InstantHedge announces new distributor program, innovative MiniHedge line, and green industry award

InstantHedge launches a new distributor program, a MiniHedge line to complement its existing boxwood and full-sized hedges, while also winning industry recognition for its outstanding European Beech InstantHedge. Increased availability through distributor partnersTo make its high-end line of hedges more…

More financial relief for Canadians

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that the House of Commons has passed an emergency bill, which is now before the Senate, for the government’s COVID-19…

What motivates sales of pollinator-friendly plants?

An analysis out of the University of Georgia details the relationship between consumer awareness and the attentiveness and care given to pollinator-friendly plant purchases. Benjamin Campbell and William Steele studied the decline of pollinators, the factors that can be recognized as potential…

UK: HTA launches campaign to create a ‘million planting moments’ this Autumn

The HTA is encouraging the UK to get planting this Autumn with its ‘million planting moments’ campaign. Taking place between 19-27 September 2020 the aim of the week is to encourage everyone young and old, expert and novice to take the opportunity to plant at the traditional ‘natural’ planting time of…

Spanish growers in trouble due to state of alarm

The Spanish primary sector continues working every day to keep supermarkets supplied. Nevertheless, the state of alarm’s constrains are causing major difficulties in their daily lives and leading to significant economic loses.Day laborers are not arriving from MoroccoIn Huelva, where the strawberry…

UK: Tesco and Lidl giving away free flowers to NHS workers on Mother’s Day

Tesco and Lidl are giving away free flowers to NHS workers on Mother’s Day to say thanks for all their hard work during the coronavirus epidemic.  Tesco gave away the free blooms during its one-hour slot for NHS workers on March 22. The supermarket is currently allowing only NHS staff to shop during its first…

UK urges residents to buy Kenyan flowers to save sector

UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott has called on Britons to buy Kenyan flowers to rescue the industry from collapse in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Noting that 70 per cent of rose flowers in the UK are from Kenya, the High Commissioner on Saturday said that 85 per cent of the flowers…

Flowers and plants: Soothing in times of crisis

With the COVID-19 crisis entering another day, and many people spending their time at home, perhaps in uncertainty, the ornamental industry is rallying to bring some sunshine into our lives, emphasizing the healing qualities of flowers and plants. Here's an overview of some of the initiatives undertaken…

South Korea: A series of Flower Bucket Challenge to support floriculture farmers in public sector

Fear of the novel coronavirus is causing a negative impact on consumerism. Flower businesses have also taken a direct hit among all the others. Many elementary, middle and high schools, as well as universities, canceled their entrance and graduation ceremonies that were planned to be held in February to…

Royal FloraHolland supply regulation continues and clock presales up to 75%

On Monday 16 March, Royal FloraHolland announced an emergency measure in connection with corona as a result of the high throughput percentages on the auction clocks in recent days. Supply measures relating to corona for Thursday 19 March: A maximum of 30% of last Thursday's supply volume may be supplied for…

Earley Ornamentals colour trends 2020-21

As a UK young plant producer, Earley Ornamentals likes to share colour and trends insight with growers and retailers. Gathering information from across the sector and beyond, they’ve created four key colour trend groups for UK garden planting in 2020-21. For each trend, they show a selection of products…

British Columbia declares state of emergency

COVID-19: Canadian government announces aid package

On March 18, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the government is introducing an economic aid package to help Canadians and businesses cope with the COVID-19…

Explore new plants from home with CAST | Mobile app

The decision is official: The California Spring Trials has been cancelled amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). But as we all stay safer and practice social distancing, there's no need to give up on learning about new plants. Explore the latest through CAST | Mobile app, the annual…

US (CA): COVID-19 travel restrictions complicate farm shipments

Border closings by some countries and travel restrictions meant to curb spread of the novel coronavirus have created less belly capacity on passenger airplanes to carry highly…

8 keys to getting funding

Figuring out financing is one of the big challenges every new indoor farmer faces. Like death and taxes, its nearly inevitable. According to research from software provider Artemis, indoor farmers’ greatest challenge is finding funding. Contain’s mission is to change that, and in their work using tech to better connect growers…

US (CA): Tournament of Roses announces new community relations and foundation lead

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced the selection of Carlos Illingworth as the new Senior Director of Community Relations for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses…

Effects of the corona-measures on research carried out by WUR

On March 15th, in response to the spread of COVID-19, the Dutch authorities took additional severe measures with major impact. It is very likely that these measures will be even further strengthened in the coming time. Wageningen University & Research is following these measures strictly in order to…

Game of Thorns – Round #3 voting

Round 2 in DVFlora's Game of Thorns Rose Tournament is now in the books and the Sweet 16 is set. In the Purity Division, Toffee narrowly edged 3D to advance, but now faces a tough challenge going against Free Spirit. While some expected Aspen to make it far, others had already envisioned a Playa Blanca/Mondial match-up. The…

How to watch outside of the U.S. – J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom, Season One

J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom has been airing on public television stations (PBS) nationwide in the U.S. market since April of 2019. The show is a half-hour lifestyle series in that’s all about flowers, and the positive impact they make on daily life. J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom also streams for free online…

Dutch horticulture sector puts heart and soul into care with unsold flowers

The Dutch horticulture sector will start a joint action on Tuesday morning to give aid workers a helping hand. In cooperation with the Association of Wholesalers in Flower Nursery Products (VGB) and Bloemenbureau Holland, employees of Royal FloraHolland flower auction at hospitals and nursing homes in…

COVID-19: What does it mean for your seasonal labor force?

The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 could not come at a worse time for Michigan specialty crop producers. Many are in the early phases of starting their production cycle and…

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): latest updates from the Government of Canada and CFIA

In an effort to ensure the continued health and well-being of employees and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shares the…

Canada: Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative enters Phase II

The purpose of the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII) Phase II is to help maintain the competitiveness of the Ontario greenhouse sector in global markets and its leadership position in developing and adopting innovative technology, to encourage future investment and growth in the…

Bank of Canada cuts interest rates by another half point in surprise move

The Bank of Canada made a surprise interest rate cut on Friday, trimming its key overnight lending rate by another half point. With the cut – attributed to the worsening economic fallout from the coronavirus and plummeting oil prices - the Bank rate now stands at just 0.75%. It is the Bank’s second…

The gerbera is on the Flower Agenda in April 2020

Playful, cheerful colours and shapes, available all year round and unscented: the gerbera matches every personality. The flower’s symbolism is also linked to cheerfulness. For example, the Celts believed that a gerbera would diminish the burden of daily life. The flower also symbolises the joy of…

UK: Sustainability a top gardening trend for 2020 at the Garden Press Event

Kicking off the 2020 gardening season, over 100 exhibitors showcased their new products and stories in front of the garden media at last week’s Garden Press Event, which took place at the Business Design Centre in London on Wednesday 4 March. Around 300 journalists, bloggers, feature writers and other…

Green industry experts join forces to benefit independent garden centers

A new coalition of green industry experts plans to help independent garden centers (IGCs) reap the rewards of the millennial market. Centered around Smart Plant Home, an app designed to track customers’ plant purchasing habits and provide expert growing advice—with the ability for retailers to link directly…

Leveraging trends for your green business

As a green industry professional, your clients look to you for the best advice, whether creating an outdoor living room or installing seasonal containers. And, when you're well-versed on the latest horticultural trends, it's easy to leverage your expertise to increase sales and expand your customer base.…

Spring Meadow Nursery releases video series featuring Proven Winners ColorChoice 2020 introductions

Spring Meadow Nursery is bringing 27 new cultivars of Proven Winners ColorChoice shrubs to growers for the 2020 season. As a way of introducing a few of these new varieties, Spring Meadow Nursery public relations specialist, Natalie Carmolli, has created a series of seven short videos highlighting 11 of…

New edition of Anthurinfo online

The first signs of spring are a fact and Anthura's novelties, the Anthura Warsaw and Joli Pulse, fit in well. The March edition also pays attention to the difference we can make in the market by…

The difference between the free Floriday platform and the Insights and HortiHeat apps

Floriday has been around for 2.5 years. Numerous functions such as direct sales, clock presales and the creation of a delivery note for the clock have been rolled out. Two apps have also been launched in Floriday: Insights and Hortiheat. However, what exactly is the difference between the free Floriday…

Four strategies for marketing your garden center or nursery

Marketing your garden center or nursery is an ongoing initiative which requires commitment and little know-how. By following the four marketing tips outlined below, you can be assured that your continuous efforts will reap profitable rewards. Understand your customers firstBusinesses which make…

Edinburgh hotel swaps single-use plastics for Scottish wildflowers

The largest independent hotel in Edinburgh has removed single-use plastic toiletries from their bedrooms, instead offering guests the gift of Scotland’s natural beauty. Guests…

Chrysal analyzes carbon footprint with Ecochain

Chrysal has fully analyzed their carbon footprint through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The company Ecochain has measured the impact of all of the company's products and…

J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom, season one recap: Flower farms

J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom is a half-hour lifestyle series that’s all about flowers, and the positive impact they make on daily life. The show has been airing on public television station (PBS) nationwide in the U.S. market since April of 2019. The show included visits to 9 flower, foliage, or plant…

New eBook reveals secrets to cultivating parents and kids as new plant lovers

From garden business owners to green marketing professionals, the garden industry is embracing the importance of cultivating parents and kids as new plant lovers. These new…

Codema appoints three new salespeople

On March 1, 2020, Codema welcomed two new Account managers and a new Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is the new Account manager Software, Remco Meewisse is appointed as Account manager Water solutions and Amanda Liu is Commercial Representative APAC. Martijn Egberts is 34 years young and has…

UK: Over 70,000 “Little Daffodil” pots donated for children

As part of the Centenary celebrations during 2019, Taylors Bulbs teamed up with nearly 250 garden retailers across the UK to get more children gardening through their “Little Daffodils” initiative. Children were given the opportunity to plant daffodils during September and October donations of daffodils…

Game of Thorns – Round #2 voting

DVFlora has officially tallied the results from the first round of voting and are ready to announce the next round in their tournament of roses, which they dubbed Game of Thorns. The field of the top 64 varieties has now be reduced down to only 32. There were a few surprises, like Faith beating out Sweet Eskimo or Sweet Unique…

Danziger, A.M.A. and Bosman Van Zaal feature stories for Women's Day

Industry's women in the spotlight

Yesterday, on March 8, International Women's Day was celebrated, a day that provides a designated time each year to identify and celebrate the successful achievements of women. In honor of this year's theme - #EachforEqual, Danziger featured the individual stories of some of the world’s most influential…

UK: Provender Nurseries host launch of PlantBox by Biotecture

Last week at Provender Nurseries saw the launch of PlantBox - a brand new, innovative product for vertical planting and creating ‘living walls’ produced by industry experts Biotecture. Provender Nurseries is the first trade supplier of PlantBox in the UK.  Over three days, Matt Lindsay, Project Manager, was…

US: Minimum hourly agricultural wage rates highest in Washington and Oregon

The H-2A Temporary Agricultural Program provides a legal means to bring in foreign-born workers into the United States on a short-term basis. Workers employed on an H-2A visa may remain in the U.S. for up to 10 months at a time. Employers must demonstrate and the U.S. Department of Labor must certify…

Dendrobium: Houseplant of the month March

Dendrobium features a sturdy stem with scales and leaves from which emerges a candle of idiosyncratic flowers, which may also have a light scent depending on the variety. The structure means that this orchid has an attractive full look: it’s a houseplant that really does offer value for money. Credit:…

Aldi launches Fairtrade rose bouquet for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fornight takes place across 24th February – 8th March. Aldi is the largest Fairtrade retailer in the UK for flowers, and, as part of its commitment to Fairtrade, supports the ‘Dignity for All’ project, to which the supermarket has pledged £200,000 over four years. The local project supports…

$300,000 each for Den Haan and Forest Glen

Canadian government invests in Nova Scotia greenhouse businesses

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, announced $600,000 in investments for two greenhouse businesses in Nova Scotia to position them for accelerated business growth. Through Nova Scotia's Agriculture Business…

Tulips for volunteers in Shanghai

What better harbinger of winter’s end than spring flowers? From Thursday, 300,000 potted tulips are being sent to people working on the epidemic frontline, enabling them to appreciate the warmth and splendor of a Shanghai spring. Tulip FestivalThe annual tulip festival in Jing’an District is one of the most…

Merger HilverdaFlorist captured in new identity

On March 1 2020 the merger between HilverdaKooij and Florist Holland is legally a fact. Since 1 September 2019 both organizations have been operating together under the name…

The tulip: In the March Flower Agenda

Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk are celebrating the month in which spring begins with the tulip. The flower from the Tulipa genus exudes freshness, sturdiness and colour, and helps to bring spring a step closer. Growers therefore do their best to supply the flower as early as possible by forcing the tulip to…

DVFlora's exclusive tournament of roses

Game of Thorns announcement and first round voting

Here’s an opportunity to participate in an interactive rose version of March Madness, to help determine the most popular variety in the market. DVFlora have taken the most sold varieties from 2019 and categorized them by color to create a bracket of matchups. Some may appear easy for you to pick a…

US (CA): Carlsbad using flowers to hook more tourists into springtime stays

Every year, Carlsbad hosts more than 4 million visitors, thanks, in part, to its Legoland California theme park, its golf courses and resorts, its seven miles of beaches and The Flower Fields, which will open March 1 for the spring season. Because the flowers are such a boon for drawing tourists — an…

UK: NFU elects officeholder team

Minette Batters has been re-elected as President of the NFU to represent the interests of more than 46,000 farmers and growers across England and Wales. Mrs Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, will serve as President for another two years alongside Stuart Roberts as Deputy President and Tom Bradshaw as Vice President. The…

Disruption in freight from Italy could impact on European supply chains

“News of the Covid-19 virus striking in Italy brings more problems for Supply Chain Directors. Northern Italy is an industrial heartland, a key manufacturing hub for Europe…

2020 is the Year of the Lantana

Lantana has a rich history of being utilized in the garden for long-lasting, colorful blooms, superior heat tolerance and the ability to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Featuring clusters of bright colors, solid as well as multi-color, Lantana can be used in containers, landscaping and hanging baskets. In the 18th…

Flower Bulb Day to blanket San Francisco’s Union Square with 100,000 tulips

Flower Bulb Day 2020 is a celebration during which 100,000 colorful varieties of American-produced tulips grown from European bulbs will take over San Francisco’s iconic Union Square on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Presented by Royal Anthos, with additional backing and support from the European Union, the…

US (HI): Greenhouse construction bill passes third reading in House

If you own ag land in Hawaii and want to build a greenhouse or expand an existing one, you may soon have your chance. A bill expanding the permitting exemption for greenhouse construction on agricultural land passed its third reading in the House of Representatives Tuesday. HB 2192 HD1, introduced by…

HRI celebrates the Gunter Mecking Memorial Scholarship Fund

Hans Gunter Mecking was one of those people in the green industry who, if you knew him, you knew he was salt of the earth. He knew the meaning of hard work and valued the relationships he built over a lifetime working side by side growers. Gunter had an impeccable reputation and his commitment to honesty…

UK: NFU concerned about proposed immigration policy

NFU President Minette Batters has expressed serious concerns about the government’s failure to recognise British food and farming’s needs within its proposed immigration…

March 23, Builth Wells

Welsh flower farmers’ PR workshop

Tyfu Cymru has organised a Welsh Flower Farmers’ PR workshop on Monday 23 March 2020. This course is 100% funded and will be held at Lantra Wales, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3WY. The Trainer for this workshop is Liz Anderson who works as the PR and Marketing…

Why do we gift flowers on International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a beloved annual March 8 tradition, but did you know this long-celebrated day is not a made-up consumer driven holiday to ramp up flower sales like some elude… but instead features a storied century-old history of women fighting for their rights? One of the lasting traditions…

UK: George Eustice appointed as new Defra Secretary

George Eustice was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 February 2020. He was previously Minister of State at the Department for…

J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom debuts second season in April 2020

Living the flower life on public television

J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom is a half-hour lifestyle series that’s all about flowers, and the positive impact they make on daily life. The series returns to public television for a second season, with thirteen all-new episodes highlighting the positive effect that being creative with colorful blooms can…

SAF asks CNN, Country Living to nix negativity

CNN and Country Living magazine are among the companies that the Society of American Florists has reached out to recently, asking them to nix negative floral references in…

Australian consumers go for local Valentine's Day flowers

Aldi Australia is selling a dozen roses for just $19.99 but the bargain buy has some shoppers riled up on social media, Yahoo Finance reports. One concerned social media user asked: "Where are they grown? How long have they been cut by the time they reach the store?" Some other shoppers pointed out the…

US: "A story behind every rose"

Whole Foods Market and Amazon will celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing back a special discount for Prime members on sustainably sourced roses from Feb. 7-14. Prime members can purchase two dozen…

Proven Winners ColorChoice embarks on seventh year of Shrub Madness bracket competition

It’s lucky seven for the world’s only plant bracket competition, Shrub Madness. Each year this thrilling contest pits shrub-against-shrub in a fierce single-elimination tournament. Based on the March college basketball playoffs, 64 Proven Winners ColorChoice shrubs will compete in a no-holds-barred…

James Stevens (a.k.a. Mr Roses) makes Valentine’s Day a truly Greek love affair

Mr Roses, a.k.a. James Stevens, is the Greek-Australian entrepreneur responsible for creating a global roses brand that has everybody, including Ellen DeGeneres, talking. Jame’s father was born in Kalymnos and his mother was born in Leros. They arrived from Greece to Australia in the 1950’s and opened a…

The Plant Based Podcast episode:

Make a living from a love of plants

Anything that can be traced back to plants. That is what Plant Based Podcast of Mr Plant Geek (Michael Perry) are all about. He started his podcast series last year and continues publishing new episodes this year. In his most recent episode (published on February 2), he delves into career changes in…

US (AK): Over-promotion of peony farming leads to mixed success

In the last decade, peony farms in Alaska have increased tenfold. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there were 100 peony farms in the state. The growth has been propelled by headlines like these: “Alaska’s peonies are the state’s new cash crop,” “‘The industry’s about to explode’: Peony…

February 23-25

Dutch trade mission to Dalat, Vietnam

The Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam is organising a trade mission to Dalat city for Dutch Exhibitors of Hortex Vietnam 2020 or any other interested Dutch horticultural and floricultural companies.The Hortex Vietnam 2020, a specialised exhibition and conference for Horticultural and Floricultural…

"National Garden Bureau’s 2020 product programs are bigger and better"

For 100 years, National Garden Bureau (NGB) has been showcasing and promoting their member’s products to fulfill a mission of providing information to home gardeners. Over the years, NGB’s first foray into this area, the New Varieties/New Plants program, has proved to be one of the most popular and…

British Columbia prepares for heavy snowfall

Environment Canada included Delta in a special weather statement issued for Metro Vancouver that notes anywhere from 5 to 20 cm of “heavy, wet snow” could fall, beginning Tuesday morning. “The highest amounts are likely over Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley where the snow will persist the longest,…

Stars for Europe is celebrating its 20th anniversary

Back in the year 2000, Stars for Europe was founded with the aim to promote and secure long-term poinsettia sales in Europe. Since then they've grown enormously, to cover 16 countries. "With thanks to our partners and colleagues as well as valuable support from the EU", they state in a press release.…

The Netherlands, a significant partner in Canada’s greenhouse industry

Canada and the Netherlands have a successful collaboration in the greenhouse industry which has made it a mutually profitable and thriving sector for both countries. The total greenhouse area in Canada has steadily increased by approximately 1,000,000 square metres a year. Many partners from the greenhouse…

Professor Richard Wilding OBE on Coronavirus outbreak:

"This is a major disruptive event with global implications for supply chains"

Commenting on the effect of the Coronavirus outbreak on the global supply chain, Professor Richard Wilding OBE, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of…


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