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HTA launches ‘Keep Britain Growing’ campaign

There is no doubt that coronavirus has had a devastating impact on British ornamental horticulture. However, lockdown has created an unexpected upside for the industry – which is that many more people have been encouraged into their gardens, creating a legion of novice gardeners who want to improve their…

Cactus: Houseplants of the month for August

Shapes that speak to the imagination, rare exotic flowers and virtually maintenance-free: "a cactus brings mould-breaking greenery into ones home". The Flower Council announces the cactus as Houseplant of the month for August.  The range of cacti is enormous and extends from tiny sleek shapes through to bizarre massive…

Flower Circus

Flower Circus talks with Yes! Exclusive Flowers from South Africa

The latest episode of Flower Circus Talks features Sylvia and Elfi of Yes! Exclusive Flowers from South Africa, telling about their company, the projects they have done, and of course about the African flower market. This and much more in this episode: For more information:Flower Circusinfo@flowercircus.nlwww.flowercircus.nl

CAN (GQ): Implementation agreement of Peat and Substrate Cluster signed

Québec Peat Moss Producers Association (APTHQ), in collaboration with the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI), is proud to announce the signing of the implementation agreement of the Bas-St-Laurent Peat and Substrate Cluster for the 2019-2024 period. Resulting from the ACCORD approach…

World Horti Center

Virtual trip from Hungary to the World Horti Center

Agri-innovation is not just a buzzword: it is the key for profitability and sustainability in agriculture. The Hungarian Business Council for Sustainable Development was introduced to the Triple Helix approach. Photo: WHC. On July 9, a virtual delegation of thirty Hungarian representatives of the…

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…

DVFlora

It’s American Grown Flowers Month

For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Senate has designated July American Grown Flowers Month, recognizing the economic and cultural impact of America’s cut flower and greens farmers. Consumers can look for the iconic logo in the American Grown Flowers displays from retailers participating in the annual…

CCFC

California growers look back on successful June campaign

This year has been interesting to say the least. The California Cut Flower Commission has been always looking at ways to increase demand for California Grown flowers and greens and the June campaign has continued to be a great success. I have spoken with a couple of growers that saw growth in June sales…

British Flowers Week announces windows competition winners

For British Flowers Week 2020, the UK was invited to take part in a competition to decorate their windows with British Flowers. New Covent Garden Market based florist, Ruari McColloch of Pinstripes and Peonies was delighted to judge the competition, “This was a really tough job but one I totally enjoyed.…

Royal Van Zanten

Admire the lilies from your own desk chair

If you follow Royal Van Zanten on Social Media you have probably seen the short Lily videos. The original idea behind these videos is: a greenhouse full of beautiful Lilies – from the newest to existing varieties – but few to no visitors to see them. The Dutch Lily Days event – for which these lilies…

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UK topples US, Netherlands to become 3rd largest buyer of Kenyan products

The United Kingdom has elbowed the Netherlands and the US to become the third-largest buyer of Kenyan goods. The latest data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that Kenya earned Sh13.29 billion from exports to the UK in the first quarter of the year, representing a 12.22 percent…

Agritecture

2nd Annual Global CEA Census announced: CEA amidst COVID-19

Autogrow and Agritecture Consulting have launched their 2nd Annual Global CEA Census, focusing on understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on controlled environment agriculture (CEA) operations around the world. “We’re all operating in a unique situation right now and what’s required is a reality check.…

American Grown Flowers

University of Kentucky puts spotlight on American Grown Flowers month

July is American Grown Flowers month, and a new episode from the University of Kentucky show From the Ground Up explains just what that is, with Mercer County Extension horticulture agent Jessica Bessin. Listen to the feature here.

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U.S. Senate passes bipartisan resolution supporting American flower industry

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) designating July as “American Grown Flower Month” and encouraging consumers to buy “Certified American Grown” flowers. American consumers spend $27…

Operational Director (COO) Antoine Kapteijns on Codema's approach to securing quality in customized horticultural solutions

Developing horticultural expertise worldwide

How does the Dutch specialist in horticultural solutions ensure that the same high-quality customization is provided worldwide? Codema's COO tries to standardize processes and components as much as possible while remaining room for customization. Though still maintaining people at the centre. In this…

Season 2 of J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom is coming to Create TV

“We are happy to see season two of our public television show J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom has joined the Create TV schedule for stations across the U.S. beginning July 7,” says J Schwanke, creator and host of the show. “The reach of Create TV is significant in U.S. market – the result is that our show is…

Anthura

Anthura looking up after uncertain months

After a few turbulent and uncertain months Anthura has entered somewhat calmer waters. This new reality requires adaptability and flexibility. This also creates new initiatives, such as the webinar AnthuraNXT goes digital as an alternative to the AnthuraNXT event. These summer temperatures include summer…

Pheno Geno Roses

A new ice cream flavour with Serbian roses

PGR bred Edible Rose ‘Theo Clevers’ was used for making a new flavour of ice cream at the famous Ice cream parlour Moritz Ice. Moritz Ice follows innovative trends of the slow food movement with respect for tradition and cultural heritage. "We are truly delighted that they have recognized the potential…

The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks unveils birthday gift to the NHS in front of Buckingham Palace

In celebration of the NHS’ 72nd birthday, The Royal Parks charity has created two special flowerbeds in front of Buckingham Palace, containing 45,000 white and blue flowers. Measuring 12 metres by 5 metres, each flowerbed spells out NHS in giant letters that can be enjoyed by park visitors, and even…

Mayer establishes central marketing department

Since 1st June Katharina Eitel has been a new team member of the Mayer Group. As part of the newly established central marketing department “Mayer Marketing Solutions”, she will be working with Florian Läpple to design and drive forward the Mayer Group’s marketing initiatives for the company’s Steel- &…

NARO

Data shows that viewing a flower promotes recovery from psychological stress

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) of Japan has demonstrated that viewing a flower image affects the brain activity and thereby induces psychological and physiological reaction, which supports recovery from psychological stress. The experiment put the subject group under a…

Flower Circus talks with Italian flower promotion godfather Charles Lansdorp

Last Friday, Flower Circus spoke with the godfather of flower promotion in Italy. Charles Lansdorp joined them as a guest in the Flower Circus Talks. He told them about the current situation and his expectations of the flower industry in Italy. Flower industry depends a lot on weddings in the summer,…

UK growers seek views on ‘outdated’ compulsory levy body

A group of professional growers based in Lincolnshire is organising a ballot to obtain views on the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The three growers collectively grow potatoes, vegetables and flowers across 2,025 ha (5,000 acres) of land, and 5.6 ha (14 acres) of glasshouses;…

"The grey ground cover remains significantly cooler when exposed to high solar radiation"

Six months after the introduction of PhormiCool 200GK the growers are very enthusiastic. It was launched in November 2019 and in the meantime the weaving looms at Phormium - the Belgian manufacturer of ground covers and screens -  are running at full speed to keep up with the demands. “Since the launch, a large…

Community Plant Variety Office

Updated plant variety guidance on Brexit

In the context of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the European Commission and the Community Plant Variety Office have published updated guidance for stakeholders regarding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the EU rules applicable in the field…

Dutch horticultural exports down in April

In April 2020, Dutch horticultural exports were 11 percent lower than in April 2019. The export of cut flowers saw the sharpest drop at 35 percent. This is reported by Wageningen Economic Research (WUR) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of joint research commissioned by the Ministry of…

Selecta One

Selecta One offers Assortment, Marketing Concepts and Tech Talk videos

With COVID-19 limiting the options of travelling worldwide, many turned to digital options to present their new products. Also German Breeder Selecta One. For several weeks,…

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"Give your greenhouse curbside appeal"

With spring in full swing, greenhouses, nurseries, and florists are eyeing more opportunities to keep business growing. As businesses gradually reopen, some may allow customers to browse in person—remember to stay up to date on your own state’s changing restrictions and mandates. But with customer…

Slow Flowers Journal

Slow Flowers Journal – Volume One book release

Seattle-based author Debra Prinzing founded the Slow Flowers Movement after the publication of her 2013 book, Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm, inspiring thousands of gardeners and floral enthusiasts to adopt a seasonal approach to growing and…

US (CA): Report details pandemic losses to farms and ranches

Pandemic-related losses to California farms, ranches and agricultural businesses will range between $5.9 billion and $8.6 billion this year, according to an economic study…

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U.S. limits visas for temporary workers, exemptions for agrifood

President Trump on Monday expanded a measure restricting visas to the United States to target many more temporary foreign workers, limiting immigrants from coming to the country for employment in industries including technology, academia, hotels and construction. The order primarily affects H-1B visas,…

Yomiuri Land

A look inside the most flowery Starbucks ever

Tokyo’s newest Starbucks outlet has finally opened inside the Hana Biyori greenhouse, which is part of a larger garden managed by the popular amusement park, Yomiuriland. Especially during the rainy season, when the weather is unpredictable and sudden downpours are not uncommon, this new café is a great…

British Flowers Week

Faces Behind Flowers with Simon Lycett and Shane Connolly

To celebrate British Flowers Week this year, the event's organizers look at some of the people behind beautiful British flowers, foliage and plants in the UK. In the first video interview of the week Simon Lycett chats with Shane Connolly all about their careers, love for the Flower Market and their…

Market study on greenhouse industry in Russia

The last few years have been rather successful for Russia's greenhouse industry. In the coming period, further expansion and modernization of the greenhouse area is expected.…

American Flowers Week at the grocery store

Town & Country Markets, a six-location chain of neighborhood grocery stores in the greater Seattle area, has been one of the most consistent partners for celebrating American Flowers Week each year. Led by Melanie Cherry, floral category manager, each floral department across the company put their…

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"British flower growers are rekindling knowledge"

It’s British Flowers Week and three Flowers from the Farm members are in the July edition of the RHS magazine so I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and bang the drum for British Flowers, because there’s no doubt that what we can grow in this country in terms of scent, shape, freshness…

Pipley Flowers

The benefits of buying locally grown flowers

Many of us are now making the effort to buy more of our food locally but why should you buy locally grown flowers? by Pipley Flowers Doing my bit to help the environment has always been a priority to me throughout my life. One of the things I love and am proud of is that my job contributes to helping to…

WALI

Mexico temporarily stops temporary foreign workers from going to Canada

There are news reports currently circulating that state Mexico is halting temporary foreign workers travelling to Canada. The governments of Mexico and Canada are currently meeting to discuss the situation and will provide an update when more information is available. "This is a temporary pause in order…

BioBoost

Residual flow tulip growing proves interesting for the cosmetics sector

With the support of BioBoost, it was investigated whether residual flows from the bulb sector contained substances that can be used in cosmetic products. The result is positive and a cosmetics manufacturer is now interested in using an effective extract as an active ingredient in a new product line. During the…

Annie Tidyman (Columbia Road Press)

British Flowers Week 2020: Floristry industry insight

British Flowers Week 2020 will in years to come be remembered as the year that this annual celebration took place virtually. Starting Monday 15th June, the launch of British Flowers Week not only coincides with the re-opening of New Covent Garden Flower Market, but it’s also the day that florists are…

Social media in South Korea and its marketing power

Social media is well integrated in the Korean culture. That explains why it is the essential piece of marketing strategy for almost every Korean business. By using social media the companies raise consumer awareness about their products and services, boosts their sales, while at the same time connecting…

Beth Caldwell

American-grown blooms for American Flowers Week

Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore and The Floral SourceKelly created the “American Grown at Home” weekly floral delivery subscription program to help flower lovers and florists familiarize themselves with botanicals from U.S. flower farms. Every two weeks she features a curated collection of stems from…

Celosia: July Houseplant of the Month

"Celosia is an eye-catching plant with an almost sensual look. The plant comes in various forms: with flaming torches, narrow spikes or a fairytale comb that looks like a brain, and their colours are dazzling." On trendCelosia’s colours and shapes fit perfectly with a trendy urban vibe. For a contemporary,…

Mohonk Mountain House

US (NY): Canceled tulip festival donates hundreds of flowers to senior living community

After a few long months spent sheltering in place, the residents of a New York senior living community got a sweet surprise. Earlier this year, the nearby Mohonk Mountain House had planted 20,000 tulips in 70 different varieties in anticipation for the venue’s second annual tulip festival. When the…

Flower Circus

Flower Circus Talks: Top livestreams with flower experts in May

Flower Circus spoke with flower industry experts from around the world and are sharing what they found out. Here are the highlights of the interviews they did in May: Gerben Ravensbergen, Lilies of Life Steef van Adrichem, Ansu Alison Bradley, Fusion Flowers Wim Bos, Special Orchids Dennis van der Lubbe,…

CAN (BC): Deferring quarterly premium payments for an additional quarter

WorkSafeBC announced that it is extending the deferral period for quarterly premium payments for an additional three months, without penalty or interest. In order to ensure…

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US: Florists, people are ‘petal-ing’ their way through lockdown with flowers

Flower sales have bloomed during the lockdown. As millions of flower-aficionados nationwide have discovered, flowers are an excellent way to brighten up your day during seemingly dismal times. Soaring salesAs a matter of fact, flower sales have soared as a direct result of COVID-19. On Mother’s Day…

SBM Life Science reinvents marketing strategy, announces key appointments in Europe

The global transformation of the gardening market, coupled with an unprecedented situation that has deeply changed the daily lives of European consumers to seek the benefit of gardening and home activities, leads SBM to reposition its marketing strategy. The group aims to reinvent the consumer experience…

Marginpar

Copenhagen wrapped in flowers

The pandemic has enveloped our world in a shadow of uncertainty, and the world’s metropolises, streets and alleys have been deserted and lonely. Without hope - sad and gray. May 25th that changed, due to a marvelous project with giant floral designs and installations to surprise the people of Copenhagen. Celebrate lifeBehind the initiative are two…

The most popular houseplants across the UK

With many Brits working from home right now, a good way of ensuring motivations are kept high, is by transforming your temporary workspace into a calming sanctuary of some sort.  One of the ways in which you can do this is by stocking up on the houseplants. Not only do plants have the ability to help you feel…

Heather Poire joins Bailey brand management team

Heather Poire is joining the Bailey brand management team in the newly-created role of Brand Representative, supporting Bailey’s consumer brands: Endless Summer Hydrangeas,…

Jet Fresh Flowers

June is National Rose Month

June is national rose month. All month-long Jet Fresh Flowers is celebrating this classic flower and dedicating Deals of the Day to all things roses.  Jet Fresh Flower Distributors imports and distributes a variety of wholesale cut roses from all around the world including standard roses, garden roses, spray roses and even preserved…

Bergamotte

How Mother's Day is celebrated in France

Mother’s Day - Fête des Mères - will be celebrated by families in France on Sunday, June 7. Since the concept of a special day for mothers was introduced in the early 20th century to honour women with large families, the nature of the day has changed with the emphasis on offering a special gift to your…

Symphonie des Roses

Canadian eternity roses company donates flowers to elderly COVID victims

Symphonie des Roses has donated over $10,000 worth of roses to the residents and staff of the Lynn Valley Care Centre in Vancouver, Canada. For almost 60 years, the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, British Columbia has been a pillar of the community, championing quality of life for their…

Flower Council of Holland

Calla lily and lily take the spotlight in June

In June the 'Houseplant of the month' is the Calla lily which is officially called the Zantedeschia. It is characterised by the pitcher-shaped bract (spathe). The actual flowers, on the spike, are tiny and less eye-catching. The Calla lily grows in periodically saturated swampy spots, which only exist…

CCFC

CA Grown Flowers Month is here

The first day of June marked the start of California Grown Flowers Month. Perfectly timed for the peak production of California blooms and foliage, June is the month to continue to support flower farmers and purchase flowers for life’s celebrations. Consumers are encouraged to look for the California Grown logo at participating…

International Flower Festival in New York praised the work of Elmhurst Hospital

Flowers of Colombia paid tribute to a New York Hospital

“Flowers of Colombia continues to pay tribute to those who through effort and dedication have contributed to the well-being of society during the pandemic. On this occasion, we wanted to support the emotional and mental well-being of the Elmhurst Hospital staff in New York, one of the institutions that…

Shanghai floral market slowly recovering

Worldwide the floral industry is hit hard by Covid-19. As one of the first countries to control the virus, China’s economy is gradually recovering, Mr. Austin Gu from Cydiance, went to the Shanghai Jinhui Road floral market and made a small video report on the current conditions there. Austin said: “This…

Monrovia

"Living Walls create natural social distancing"

More emphasis is being placed on creating safer public spaces as we navigate living in a COVID-19 world. Using structure in design is not only a feature of aesthetics. It…

Mayesh

Mornings with Mayesh: The Big Flower Fight interview

Have you watched the new Netflix series, The Big Flower Fight, yet? The show is filled with a plethora of plants, beautiful flowers, larger than life designs, and a vibrant mix of contestants. One of the design duos from the show, Sarah Campbell & Jordan Marx, joined Yvonne for a special episode of…

Royal FloraHolland

Extra campaign for flowers and plants under development

The Flower Council of Holland is developing a new campaign to create an extra turnover boost for flowers and plants. The efforts enjoy broad representation from the sector,…

WorkSafeBC announces additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19

WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or…

PHS to engage 100,000 people to help combat food insecurity around Philadelphia

PHS Launches Harvest 2020 Initiative

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) believes all people can play a role in combating food insecurity. PHS is launching Harvest 2020, a multi-faceted initiative aimed at mobilizing 100,000 gardening enthusiasts and other individuals in the Greater Philadelphia region to grow food for themselves…

Sarah Anderson (Florists' Review)

Unveiling the American Flowers Week 2020 “Botanical Couture Collection”

In its sixth year, a social media campaign like American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) is one important tool that returns the floral marketplace to its roots. At its heart, American Flowers Week focuses on the origin of each beautiful stem, where it comes from and who is the grower behind that bloom. The…

Promo video showcases Dutch horticulture sector to the world

Dutch industry organization Topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen has presented a video in several languages, to get more people acquainted with the horticulture industry.…

Peace Boat

Roses cultivated by A-bomb survivor gifted to actress promoting peace

Roses of a new variety cultivated by a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, or "hibakusha," were sent as a gift to peace-promoting actress Sahel Rosa in the Japanese capital from a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on May 23. Sahel Rosa, an Iran-born actress based in…

AIPH

AIPH and ICLEI announce partnership to stimulate Green Cities and build CitiesWithNature

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), through its Green City initiative, and ICLEI, through its Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC), announce a global partnership to collaborate on the CitiesWithNature partnership initiative. CitiesWithNature provides a shared global platform for…

Let Hope Bloom wins Europe's hearts

In a world that appears to have been turned upside down overnight, there is a need for hope. That is why the Flower Council of Holland developed an international campaign filled with hope in March in collaboration with businesses from the sector. They created it in record time, aimed at a wide target…

US (NY): Horticulture and landscaping operations permitted to reopen statewide

As New York State begins to reopen under Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward plan, the horticulture industry, which includes greenhouse operations, nurseries, sod farms, and…

360 degrees of tulips

As coronavirus began its relentless march across Washington state and the rest of America, Governor Jay Inslee issued a sweeping stay at home order. That directive forced Skagit Valley’s 36-year-old Tulip Festival to be canceled, and Tulip Town was simultaneously shut down to visitors. “If tulip lovers weren’t able to…

AgroIran

A Mini-Keukenhof in Iran with Dutch tulip bulbs

With 2.1 million tulips planted in just over 3 hectares, the ‘Kondor village laleh (tulip) festival’, at just one hour drive of Teheran, has become a tourist attraction on its own for its multicolored tulips carpeting the rocky hilltops. A man by the name of Mr. Pahlevani, meaning ‘hero’ in Persian, has…

Royals share favorite flowers as Chelsea Flower Show goes virtual

On the first day of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show, members of the Royal Family are taking part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing a selection, visit of their…

Celebrate ‘Mother’s May,’ support California Grown Flowers month

"Help keep the momentum going"

Thanks to wholesalers, florists and consumers who supported California cut flower farmers, Mother’s Day overall was a floral success. In fact, in many areas, the response was better than expected, with many retailers selling out of flowers and florists having to ramp up significantly to keep pace with orders. In other words, a…

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Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds

As civic leaders and urban planners work to make cities more sustainable and livable by investing in outdoor spaces and recreational activities such as biking and walking, Princeton researchers have identified the benefit of an activity largely overlooked by policymakers — home gardening. The researchers…

Rolls-Royce explores a very unique muse: a Rolls-Royce rose

This year more than ever, as we have been confined to our homes while the natural world flourishes around us, we are reminded of the wonders of nature. Spring is a time of hope and optimism, when bird song crescendos and flowers greet us with heady scent and vibrant colour. As we approach the first ever…

SAF touts importance of flowers and tackles negative publicity in run-up to Mother's Day

Flowers make us happier, according to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Never has that been more important than right now with the evolving situation of COVID-19, and SAF spread that message in the media leading up to Mother's Day. SAF responded to a steady…

€12,000 raised for the Roparun Foundation and charity projects in Kenya and Ethiopia

Cooperation Florensis and Desch for charity

Last Saturday, the day before Mother's Day in Holland, the Fancy Fair should have taken place at Florensis. This plant market is organized every year for charity and is always very well attended. Due to the coronavirus they unfortunately had to cancel it this year. Two months earlier, however, they had…

American Flowers Week

Grower’s Discount Labels joins American Flowers Week as a sponsor

For the past several years, American Flowers Week bouquet labels have been ordered from Grower’s Discount Labels. "We’ve loved working with this family-owned business with deep ties to farming and publishing", Debra Prinzing comments. For 2020, Grower’s Discount Labels is joining American Flowers Week as…

Flower Circus

Flower Circus is coming to your home

And then the Circus couldn’t come to town...

"It all began with ‘some kind of virus’ far away in China. Nobody had a clue about the overwhelming effect it would have on all of us", says John Elstgeest of Flower Circus. "We had a lot of upcoming shows and our agenda was packed. In fact, the flowers were already on their way for a show when we,…

Keukenhof

Keukenhof closes successful virtual season

22 million visitors have enjoyed the Keukenhof Virtually Open in the past 8 weeks. Because the park was not open to the public this year, an online and television campaign was launched. Under the motto ‘if you cannot come to Keukenhof, we will bring Keukenhof to you’ Keukenhof brought the tulip splendour…

Rose Bazaar

Meet the sister-entrepreneurs disrupting India's flower industry

If picking up the newspaper starts the day in most countries across the world, in India, there’s often a garland of flowers waiting to be picked up as well. They are used to make offerings during the daily puja, and many women wear them. Bengaluru-based startup Rose Bazaar attempts to modernise this…

Mila Mirkovic

Serbians are going back to gardening

The production of veggies (tomatoes, peppers and spices) in the back gardens has become a real hit among city folks in Serbia. Strict measures implemented in Serbia to combat the coronavirus (daily curfew and locked down weekend) resulted in the discovery of this new hobby among many residents of big…

Courtney Denning

US (OH): Ohio Native Plant Month offers benefits to green industry businesses

April 2020 was Ohio's first official Ohio Native Plant Month. The organizers behind the annual promotion have built a year-long platform for consumers to learn about the plants that support all our native bees, birds, butterflies, insects, and Ohio wildlife Ohio Green Industry Businesses are encouraged…

Honest Communications

The three Ps of the Chelsea Flower Show – Plants, Planning and Press

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show might not be taking place this year but, as the most famous flower show in the world, it’s still a cause for celebration. Honest Communications is an agency that supports gardening brands and companies (like The Plant Based Podcast) with their PR, marketing and communications.…

Keukenhof

Virtual Keukenhof posts last video in series

The last video has been posted in the Keukenhof Virtually Open series. Together with all employees, the staff tried to bring Keukenhof to your home this year. They're hoping to welcome visitors again next year at the flower park. For more information:Keukenhofkeukenhof.nl   

podcast CropTalk host Kyle Barnett:

"AgTech Industry leaders always hit on the same thing: get hands-on experience"

“When asking industry leaders for advice, people always hit on the same things: get hands-on experience, educate yourself and get a network in the field that you can talk to.…

Slow Flowers

How two floral models are changing and adapting

The latest episode of the Slow Flowers Podcast features two guests sharing their stories from different parts of the floral equation — and both hugely relevant to the Stories of Resilience series. "I believe that now, more than ever, the message of sustainability and seasonal and locally-available…

Connecting with customers through the power of marketing

Marketing means different things to different people. It’s a broad discipline which can mean everything from big TV commercials, to search engine optimisation. But one nursery marketer has a much simpler definition: customer relationships. For Carole Fudge, sales and marketing manager at Benara…

Capogna Flowers

"It’s not sustainable," says flower grower of online, curbside sales

Fans of Capogna Flowers in Kingsville may be disappointed after the producer shut down its gardening centre to the public. Owner, Andrew Capogna told BlackburnNews.com government rules during the pandemic are throttling his means to sell the millions of dollars worth of flowers and plants he has been…

Turkish Flowers

Turkish flower growers eye Italian and Spanish markets

Turkey’s flower growers are looking for new foreign markets as demand has dropped significantly because of the global pandemic. The industry’s exports stood at $107 million last year and growers had initially set a higher revenue target of $125 million for 2020, however the coronavirus outbreak shattered…

European Commission

European Commission adopts package of measures to further support the agri-food sector

The Commission published the latest package of exceptional measures to further support the agricultural and food sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis. The exceptional measures (announced on 22 April) include private storage aid for the dairy and meat sectors, the temporary authorisation to…

Netflix

Netflix launches flower design show

If you're currently staying at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, chances are you've been doing a lot of binging on Netflix. Soon you can actually designate that streaming time as business hours though, because the streaming platform is releasing a show that's all about flowers. In 'The Big Flower…

PHS

US (PA): PHS to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the organization that contributes year-round impact to the Greater Philadelphia area in the form of community gardening, tree plantings, jobs training, vacant land stabilization, and public landscapes, is participating in the global May 5, 2020…

La’i L.

US: Plants to the Rescue! Plant Mash-Up contest winners announced

Seed Your Future announced the winners of their Spring 2020 Plant Mash-up contest and sweepstakes — a fun and educational element of their BLOOM! “Plants to the Rescue” campaign. In collaboration with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, BLOOM! provides free…

SpongeBob at the Keukenhof

Are you ready, kids?

Normally, he lives in a pineapple under the sea, but for special occasions, SpongeBob comes on shore. In this case, he visited the Keukenhof to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his own tulip, which is, of course, yellow. For more information:Keukenhofkeukenhof.nl  

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan)

Netherlands gives 3,999 tulips to Taiwan’s medical workers

The Netherlands Trade and Investment Office presented a gift of 3,999 tulips to Taiwan’s medical workers on Monday, King’s Day, the Dutch National Day. The office delivered orange tulips and stroopwafels, a quintessential Dutch delicacy, to 35 places, including hospitals that are caring for COVID-19…

Andrew Neel

Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to U.S. agricultural businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue applauded the announcement that agricultural producers, for the first time, are now eligible for the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. “America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers need…

Jennie Love

Practical advice on what’s working to replace lost business

Selling hope and convenience

I knew Love ‘n Fresh Flowers for their long-standing farmer/florist work, so I was excited to hear from owner Jennie Love about what has been working for her business through the current COVID disruptions. Since most of her business comes from weddings, it has taken several different strategies to sell the stream of flowers…

GreenTech

What's in store for the horticulture industries after COVID-19?

Mariska Dreschler (GreenTech) and Annie van de Riet (AVAG, Association of the Dutch greenhouse construction and technology industry), discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the greenhouse sector, and what is the outlook for the industry. The current status of the several horticulture industries…

WUR

New investment fund for WUR start-ups

Emerging entrepreneurs that launch their start-up under the wings of Wageningen University & Research can apply for essential funding from a new fund: SHIFT III. This so-called multistage fund, provides start-ups with financing over a more extended period of time, to support the various stages of their…

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Australian sunflower grower raises $25,000 for cancer research

A Queensland farmer's sunflower crop has become a social media sensation after surprise crowds of thousands flocked there over the recent Queensland long weekend to admire the flowers. Peter Foxwell decided to sell some of the sunflowers he grows on his Alton Downs property, near Rockhampton, to raise…

First Bulgarian-Dutch Serdika tulips in blossom

On a chilly day in late November, just before the Bulgarian winter truly set in, three ladies planted some special tulips in the park next to the parliament in the centre of Sofia. Since last week, the citizens of Sofia can enjoy the blossoming of this friendship tulip, called the Serdika. The tulip…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland launches 100% Digital information campaign

On Friday 1 May 2020, Floriday will kick off an information campaign for growers and customers about the 100% Digital programme. All direct transactions at the Royal FloraHolland marketplace will only be concluded digitally by the end of 2020 at the latest. With the information campaign, buyers and…

New partnership benefits green buying groups, retailers, vendors, and brands

A new partnership between green industry experts offers a revolutionary system for buying groups, retailers, vendors, and brands to simplify and improve the ordering process. OrderEase (formerly LinkGreen) and Marketing Garden, the distributors of The Perfect Plant, join forces to create a seamless,…


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