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Passion for breeding splashes off the screen in new Hem Genetics corporate video

Nature brings us many beautiful flowers, which the breeders of Hem Genetics can handle very well. Being active in flower seeds as a family business for more than 100 years, Hem Genetics knows how to select and combine the best traits of plants. And they are proud of it. In order to draw attention to their…

Denis Dullemans and Nico van der Houwen bid farewell to Agrolux

As of 1 October, Agrolux will have a different look. Denis Dullemans and Nico van der Houwen, two well-known faces of the company, are saying goodbye. "We started small and grew to be a market leader. Now it is up to others to build on that position." Nico van der Houwen and Denis Dullemans Simple and…

Muller Bloemzaden opens new commercial building in Lisse, The Netherlands

In the presence of employees, suppliers, and customers, the new premises of Muller Bloemzaden were opened with festivities last Friday. Together with the mayor of Lisse, Lies Spruit, owner Wim Zandwijk released balloons, symbolizing the many seeds that fly out of the company to many countries around the…

Analyzing historical data to improve crop performance

During the growing process, growers analyze actual and historical data to determine the best plant strategy for their crop. But what would happen if you had a tool which analyses the historical data for you and advises settings to improve performance and achieve your maximum potential.          Pylot has created this tool and proudly shares that they have…

PATS receives investment

Rollout and further development of smart insect monitor and bat drone

PATS, a Delft-based company that uses vision and AI to detect insect pests and then fights them with small drones, has received an investment. The funding will be used to put the first commercial module of the technology on the market on a large scale. The new investors are Jaap Korteweg and Kees van…

Visiting the Flamingo group business

Ken Murphy, Tesco Group CEO, visits Flamingo. In this article, he describes the visit. In July, Flamingo had the honor of hosting a visit to our Stevenage and Sandy sites with Ken Murphy, Group CEO of Tesco. During the visit, we gave an overview of the Flamingo group business: our history, strategy, and…

New additions to the UK homegrown committee

BPOA is delighted to announce that, following a management committee meeting, Derek Jarman has been co-opted as a committee member and will become chairman designate. His position will be confirmed at the AGM in January next. Derek has been a Director of Hayloft Plants Ltd since 2007. Hayloft is a…

A smart indoor greenhouse for consumers

Seeing a beautiful plant in a shop or on a neighbor's windowsill and thinking how amazing it would be to grow it at home. Yet two weeks after you bought it, it is already dead. We all lived through this experience. But was it due to lack of light? Underwatering, overwatering? Perhaps the wrong air…

Leon Delhez, new financial controller at Peter Dekker Installations

NL: "When a company grows, it is important that the organisation grows too"

As the new financial controller at Peter Dekker Installaties, Leon Delhez is unlikely to be bored. He is taking over the tasks of financial director Gabriel van Oostenbruggen, who is set to retire in the near future. Leon Delhez and Peter Dekker International developmentsBe it a major project in America,…

California fires getting dangerously close to California Peony Company

US (CA): “We cut the peonies down in case the fire gets closer”

“These past two weeks have been nerve-racking with the fire getting so close to our farm,” says Brent Hilton of California Peony Company. “We were especially worried about last Friday, as strong winds from the South West direction were predicted, meaning that the fire would be pushed even closer to us.…

Dutch chrysanthemum cooperative content with seperate booth at flower auction

A year ago, VannoVa sent out its first orders from its new distribution center in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. Now, this service is indispensable for this Dutch chrysanthemum cooperative's customers. Reaches clients fasterThe VannoVa growers had long wanted their own distribution center. A box became available…

Jaap van der Meij new Managing Director at Gebr. Alkemade (NL)

Jaap van der Meij has been appointed Managing Director of Gebroeders Alkemade commencing 1st July 2021. Following the acquisition of the company in 2020 by the Polish Vitroflora and the intention of the founders and previous owners Theo and Wil Alkemade to step down from the daily running of the…

Gediflora's anniversary

Belgium: 70 years of breeding and propagating chrysanthemums

Today, Elien is the third generation of the Pieters family who runs Gediflora. It all started with the tomato-growing business of grandpa Georges. Dirk Pieters, Elien's dad, turned the company into a global leader, cultivating ball-shaped chrysanthemums, together with his right-hand man Wim Declercq, who…

Ball SB launches chrysanthemum line

“We were the newest breeders of chrysanthemums at the Chrysanthemum Week in Colombia”

“We immediately had great feedback from our current and prospective customers,” says Carmen L. Márquez, Marketing Manager for Ball SB. They launched their line of chrysanthemums during the Chrysanthemum Week (August 30 – September 3, 2021) in Colombia. Positive feedbackThe new chrysanthemum line consists…

Labreco Europe

NL: Agriverco and Robert Wijsman take lavender breeding to higher level in new company

Agriverco has entered into a partnership with tree nursery Robert Wijsman to breed lavender for the European market. This will combine the knowledge of breeding with the cultivation knowledge of the grower, which will hopefully result in new and improved varieties. Lavender Stoechas Dark Night Agriverco…

First Dutch rainwater basin fitted with “Genap Energy Cover”

The Dutch company, Genap, has a rich 70-year history in water projects. Dick van Regteren has owned the company since 2007. But he has been part of its history since 1999. That is when he joined Genap. He was a field salesman for land, road, and water construction projects. That provided him with more…

Hoffman Nursery expands team with new operations manager

Hoffman Nursery has energized its team with the addition of Craig Reynolds as Operations Manager. He joined the nursery in June 2021 and works closely with David Hoffman, Senior Director of Sales and Operations, to oversee daily operations and manage production, growing, and logistics. Hoffman Nursery is…

FloraHolland installs 25,000 solar panels

Royal FloraHolland has taken a huge, new solar roof into use. That is at its headquarters in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. In total, there are now more than 25,000 solar panels on their roofs. These are spread across three locations in the country. All these solar panels generate about 7.5 GWh/year. That is…

New producer of seeding and cuttings media presents 100% peat-free plug

Organic Shapes BV is a new producer of stabilized substrates for seed, cuttings, and tissue culture applications for professional horticulture. The company already has well over 25 years of experience in substrates and their stabilization, as well as the propagation of young plants. Organic Shapes was…

Dutch palm nursery to relocate

"New greenhouse will save us 25% in energy"

Hartog Palmen nursery is to relocate soon. It will be moving to a former Gerbera nursery. This is close to its current location in the Netherlands. The main reason is their desire to grow their Kentia palms more sustainably. That isn't easy in the existing greenhouse, which is 45 years old. At 2.8…

Record number of GCA members awarded Highly Commended certificates

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has recently (September 2021) revealed that a record number of members have received Highly Commended awards after its annual inspections, which have helped drive standards and profitability. One-hundred-and-two garden centers were Highly Commended, which is awarded to…

Vreeken Bouvardia celebrates 125 years of existence

Vreeken Bouvardia is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. In 1896, great-grandfather Dirk started the basis for the family business that is still in existence today. Now that four generations have passed, Vreeken Bouvardia will celebrate this anniversary in the coming months under the motto 'meet…

Bosman Van Zaal container system:

New eucalyptus pulp mill for UPM Uruguay

Bosman van Zaal realizes the cultivation system for the new eucalyptus pulp mill nursery of UPM Uruguay, a world supplier of specialty and communication papers, and more. UPM and a future beyond fossilsUPM is a producer of northern softwood, birch, and eucalyptus pulp. They deliver renewable and responsible solutions…

NL: Contractor hopes for rain, but does not count on it

"Coffee?" Dennis van Veldhoven is calm. There is time for a Westland cup of coffee at the moment. But it is just the calm before the storm. Because 2021 presents us with a wonderful Indian summer; these temperatures are very pleasant. And yet ... this weather has advantages and disadvantages. Dennis van Veldhoven…

NPM Capital acquires minority share in KUBO

Investment company NPM Capital has acquired a minority share in KUBO, developer of high-tech greenhouses for horticulture.  "A year and a half ago we realized that we could use some help to further develop our leadership in state-of-the-art greenhouse concepts. We carefully looked for a partner that really…

Flora Toscana celebrates 50th anniversary

Italy: “Our mission is to create the shortest link between growers and the market”

“We have grown into one of the biggest Italian floriculture companies, and are excited to celebrate this milestone,” says Tommaso De Angelis, Marketing Manager of Flora Toscana, a cooperative of growers based in Pescia in Tuscany. Over the years, Flora Toscana has reached over 250 members and its core…

Craig Oulton on their road to gold

Kisima Farm certified with Kenya Flower Council’s highest accreditation

“The accreditation covers various important standards, from environmental to social sustainability. At our farm, we are continually working on being the best that we can be. Not just for ourselves, but for our environment and community as well,” says Craig Oulton, General Manager Floriculture at Kisima…

Valoya appoints Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as new CEO

"We provide LED-solutions to help customers consume fewer resources"

Valoya, the research-driven manufacturer of horticultural LED lighting solutions announces the appointment of Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Parviainen will take on the CEO role starting from October 1st, 2021. “Tuukka is an experienced leader with a strong track record of…

Suntory Flowers names new general manager for North America

Gearing up for growth, Suntory Flowers has named business partner T. Jay Higgins general manager for North America. T. Jay is president and owner of Sun-Fire Nurseries in Sarasota, Florida. In addition to being the top producer of Sun Parasol mandevillas, Sun-Fire’s offering has expanded to include…

Eason Horticultural Resources hires new IT support specialist

Eason Horticultural Resources is pleased to announce the addition of Aidan Castori as IT Support Specialist. Prior to coming to EHR, Aidan spent 12 years in the Horticultural Industry, where he was responsible for systems updates and managing vendor data. During this time he pioneered data translation tools,…

Desch Plantpak presents new edition of Colour Your Story

"Tiny gardens in crazy times"

Desch Plantpak presents Colour Your Story #13 for spring and summer 2022. This edition is once again full of inspirational color topics, and they have also highlighted the ‘Tiny Garden’, a new concept developed by their very own Desch Design Studio. As always, Colour Your Story #13 is full of inspiration, surprising colors, the…

“The journey to get to where we are today was challenging.”

Floriday recently spoke to Guido Zwart of Mount Elgon/Rose Handling Services about digitalization in the floriculture industry, the start of Floriday, and the current working method.  Mount Elgon cultivates 43 hectares of roses, 200 hectares of avocados, and 2 hectares of summer flowers at the foot of Mount…

Xavier Renaud will be leading Danziger’s presence in France

For many years, Danziger, as a breeder, has a presence in the French market mainly through distributors. As the market changes, the company took the initiative to reinforce its presence in all markets and in particular in France. The person chosen to lead this move, who will be in charge of promoting the…

Dekker Chrysanten at FlowersExpo Moscow 2021

Today marks the start of one of the most important flower expos of Eastern-Europe: the Flower Expo Moscow 2021. For three days, over more than 200 exponents from all over the world can be visited and Dekker Chrysanten is one of them. For every visitor of the Flower Expo Moscow 2021 it is quite obvious:…

After over 40 years in the industry, Ruud (Rudy) Westenberg retires

After a career spanning more than 40 years in the flower seed business, Ruud has decided that it is time to enjoy his well-deserved retirement. As per tomorrow, Tuesday 14 September, Ruud Westenberg will officially retire. Ruud joined Hem Genetics in 1998 as commercial director and through his efforts Hem…

Chrysal joins the Circular Plastics Alliance

"Our focus is reducing waste and water use in every phase of the chain"

Chrysal is very proud to announce they are now part of the Circular Plastics Alliance.  Sustainability is important to Chrysal. “Sustainability is part of who we are and how we work. It is important to know our impact on the environment, to create a pleasant caring workplace for our employees and to add value…

Flores El Capiro receives secure trade qualification

Colombia: "We are proud of our work in favor of transparent and secure trade"

Flores El Capiro is very proud to receive the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) qualification. The qualification AEO is an international customs control initiative, whose essential pillars are agile, transparent, and secure trade.  The Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) is a global accreditation granted by…

"Strengthening our positions, while maintaining our focus"

Strategic collaboration between United Selections and Könst Alstroemeria

United Selections and Könst Alstroemeria have officially partnered in their pursuit to meet evolving needs of their clients. The two companies are strengthening their positions in the market by joining forces, but at the same time, they both maintain their focus on their specific product(groups). Being…

New chief executive appointed at World Horti Center

Since 1 September 2021, Puck van Holsteijn has been chief executive of World Horti Center. As director of their partner HortiHeroes, Puck is familiar with the building and its organization. "The potential is enormous,” according to Puck. "In the near future, we will once more show that a visit to WHC is…

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Floward earns Theqa e-commerce trust mark

Floward, the online flowers and gifts delivery destination in MENA and UK has earned the “Theqa” e-commerce trust mark by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Qatar in August 2021.  The government-owned not-for-profit "Theqa” program was established and designed to with the primary objective of…

EconSeeds has taken over Hm.Clause’s flower mixtures activities

Since July 29th. 2021 EconSeeds has taken over the activities related to the Hm.Clause’s flower mixtures. The flower mixture activities of Hm.Clause have developed strongly…

Italian singer promotes the plant of the year

In addition to her delicate voice, the Barbian singer Sophie Rabanser also has the right knack for handling plants. The plant of the year “Amazonia White with Eye” clearly feels at home on her balcony, because it bloomed profusely throughout the summer. Several gardeners have visited the young singer and…

Two branches of plant immune response closely linked

Like animals, plants need to be on a constant lookout to recognize and respond to invasion by microbes. Plant immunity consists of two branches – the initial defense begins with the detection of invaders by receptors at the cell surface, while a second alarm pathway is triggered by receptors within the…

Boekestyn Greenhouses & Flora Pack (BFP)

"Taking the next step in our expansion plans"

The Boekestyn family has a rich history throughout the horticulture industry in Ontario, Canada, dating as far back as 1962. Since then, there have been 3 generations of growers, 3 production greenhouses, and 70 acres of land propelling their growth along the way.  In 1977, the Boekestyn family united as a…

Leadership change within Svensson USA

After 18 years with Svensson, Mauricio Manotas has decided to pursue a new opportunity. "During this time, Mauricio has built a strong team and business in the Americas.…

Hans van der Salm new COO Havecon Horticultural Projects

Due to the growing size of the company and the increasingly larger projects they are involved in, Havecon has decided to expand their management team. Hans van der Salm (48) will join the international greenhouse builder as COO as of August 2021. "The developments in the sector call for a solid…

Ferry-Morse launches Fall Plantlings collection

Extending the gardening season with cool weather products

Ferry-Morse, a US-based home gardening seed packet company, is helping extend the gardening season with the introduction of its Fall Plantlings Collection. With Fall offerings for both warm and cooler-climate gardeners, over 40 varieties of flowers, succulents, vegetables, and herbs are now available for…

Orchios and Ter Laak Orchids

Dutch growers combining forces and launching The Orchid Growers

From 1 January 2022, Orchios and Ter Laak Orchids are combining their offer on the market. These orchid growers are launching The Orchid Growers, an organization to take care of the sales, marketing, and product development for both companies. This will allow The Orchid Growers to put a wide-ranging and…

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Sheffield's Botanical Gardens named as 'one of the top 5 most popular places in UK'

Flying Flowers has used search volumes to rank the UK’s top gardens, revealing which of these floral hotspots the UK public are most interested in for that perfect summer day out.Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Picture: Scott Merrylees Experts at Flying Flowers said: “The UK is home to some of the worlds…

ScottsMiracle-Gro names new Chief Financial Officer

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, as well as indoor and hydroponic growing products, announced today that Cory Miller…

A grower's experience with Floriday

Digitization in the floriculture sector

Esperit Plants is a one-stop-shop cultivation partner for young plants, mature plants and plants in arrangements. Esperit grows many exclusive plants. After their start, the young plants grow quickly and make a career at Esperit Plants, the specialist in green and flowering plants. Esperit Plants sets…

Meet Anthura's new sales managers

NL: "Implementing orchid and anthurium specialization in our sales team"

A few years ago Anthura decided to implement specialization for Orchid and Anthurium in their sales team. This makes their account managers better discussion partners and advisors for their customers. With the departure of Rick Kroon, they are giving further substance to the specialization by splitting…

Stepping up the IPM game: Biobest invests 10M CAD in ecoation

Biobest and ecoation today announced stepping-up their initial  commercial collaboration. Biobest invests $ Can 10 Mio in ecoation. Biobest’s CEO, Jean-Marc Vandoorne, and COO, Karel Bolckmans, join ecoation’s board of directors. Furthermore, the parties join forces to develop new IPM related technologies…

Midland College

US (TX): Florist donates $10.000 to computer students

As COVID-19 variants might once again be forcing us to be apart, it is becoming increasingly imperative that the information technology keeping us connected works properly. Keeping technology in working order is exactly what Midland College Computer Information Technology students are doing this…

Utah Business

US (UT): Fertilizer startup raises $400K pre-seed

Krado is a Salt Lake City-based plant care startup using data from sensors, guidance from expert growers, and growing support (fertilizers, pest control, soil conditioners, etc.) sent to consumers’ doors. It’s also a startup that has seemingly cracked the code on winning pitch competitions. The company…

Hishtil introduce their new UK representative

“Organic production and new genetics; we have much to achieve in the UK market”

“After more than two decades as our UK representative, Peter Collins will be succeeded by Bob Askew,” says Israeli propagator Hishtil. “Because of Peter’s wide knowledge and network, his work has contributed to making Hishtil a dominant vegetative herbs supplier in the UK.” The UK market has become…

PMA and United Fresh announce industry officers of new association

Future Co-CEOs Cathy Burns of PMA and Tom Stenzel of United Fresh have named the Executive Committee that will serve as officers for the new association. Bruce Taylor, CEO of…

6 - 8 October 2021

Trade fair GrootGroenPlus 2021 just around the corner

The preparations for a safe, new, live edition of trade fair GrootGroenPlus are in full swing. The trade fair, which was held completely online last year, will be hosted live this year in Zundert, from 6 - 8 October 2021. It promises to be a special edition; all available spots are booked with over 200…

Surna Cultivation Technologies

Surna Cultivation Technologies continues to expand its line of curated HVACD products portfolio

Surna Cultivation Technologies has expanded its HVACD product portfolio. “We’ve seen code requirements in several states where variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technologies are required. To serve customers in these states, we have added this technology to our portfolio. Surna has truly become the leader…

Globe Plant

Dutch growers celebrate 60th anniversary - with a treat

On 15 September 1961 Albert Grootscholten started propagating vegetable plants. Initially this was planting material for cold crops (leafy plants such as lettuce, endive, etc.) and later for hot crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Sixty years later, his children Johan, Paul and Vera continued the…

Robert Wu, Founder of Oboya:

“After Oboya Horticulture Industries Sweden’s bankruptcy, we are focusing on improving our services”

When Oboya Horticulture Industries Sweden announced its bankruptcy on August 16, 2021, the company was met with lots of questions and uncertainties from customers, says Robert Wu, Founder and Chairman of Oboya. “In the last 15 months Oboya has gone through an extraordinarily turbulent period, but we are…

PerfoTec gets new commercial director

As of September 1st, PerfoTec welcomes Martin van Lier as its Commercial Director. Martin has many years of experience working in a wide range of jobs within the fruit and…

Theo Sanders says goodbye after 18 years at Alcomij

On the 1st of January 2022, Managing Director Theo Sanders, of his own accord, will be saying goodbye to Alcomij after 18 years. Theo will pass the baton onto Marco Koese. The…

UK: Garden Centre Association's South Thames area award winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the South Thames region are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening on Tuesday August 31, 2021 at Haskins Garden Centre – Snowhill in Sussex.GCA inspector Phil McCann with staff from Haskins Snowhill Garden Centre and their…

Juniper Level Botanic Garden

US (NC): Botanic garden hits the big screen - maybe

Contacted by members of the production team, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery supplied forty-five specifically requested plants for The Starling, an upcoming Netflix film starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, and Timothy Olyphant. A comedy-drama, The Starling…

Havatec boosts global growth with Rabo Investments as new investor

Rabobank Group becomes a co-shareholder in Havatec B.V. through its investment company Rabo Investments (Ri). This investment marks the next phase for the innovative manufacturing company from Nieuw-Vennep, the Netherlands. With this investment Havatec can enhance the international expansion and…

Islandplant celebrates anniversary

Dutch growers share their 12.5-year journey

Exactly 12.5 years ago the Van den Bos brothers started their company Islandplant. The brothers were introduced to the trade from an early age, the business that their father once started was expanded and optimized and has now grown into one of the absolute giants in hydrangea cultivation. In short, time…

US: Eason Horticultural Resources welcomes Kevin Lawler to the Nursery division

We are excited to announce that Kevin Lawler has joined the EHR team as Nursery Sales and Logistics Specialist.  Kevin spent his last few years as assistant nursery manager at McHutchison. Prior to that, he was a supervisor for a large commercial landscape company and worked in garden center sales as well.…

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Chanel buys up more jasmine fields to safeguard famous No. 5

Wary of disappearing flower crops used in its best-selling perfumes, fashion and beauty firm Chanel has bought up more land in southern France to secure its supplies of jasmine and other varieties, harvested by hand in a delicate annual ritual.The luxury group said it had bought up an extra 10 hectares…

Extension of the Colours of Nature assortment

First stems of Mistral mini gerberas on the market

Since 1 July 2021 Mistral has been an official member of the Gerbera Colours of Nature Cooperative and since then a lot has changed in the 4 hectare greenhouse in Bleiswijk. 46 large-flowered varieties have been exchanged for 4 varieties of mini gerberas and the processing area has been fully adapted to…

NDSU

US (ND): NDSU greenhouse complex renamed

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) has a new name. The greenhouse, located on the west side of the campus, is now called the Jack Dalrymple Agricultural Research Complex. It was renamed during a ceremony Aug. 20.…

Hancock Natural Resource Group acquires two eucalyptus plantations in Brazil

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG), a company of Manulife Investment Management, has made its second Brazilian timberland deal for the year so far (third for its timberland…

Inca Orchids introduces 'Bouquesh'

Inca Orchids has presented its new product line: 'Bouquesh'. It is a luxury line of orchid bouquets, in which all branches are selected by hand. Therefore, each creation is unique, and the splendour of the orchids is perhaps best expressed. Inca Orchids is a family business in Nootdorp and grows orchids.…

Thermo King to deliver all-electric, zero-emission solutions for end-to-end cold chain by 2023

Thermo King, a brand of global climate innovator Trane Technologies, has announced that it will invest more than $100 million over the next three years to deliver a fully…

NL: "Hein Boon is going to strengthen Responsibly Produced Peat"

As of January 1st 2022 Hein Boon will stop as director of RHP. He is going to be fully committed to Responsibly Produced Peat in the new year. The Supervisory Board of the RHP foundation commissioned Ceres Recruitment for recruiting a suitable successor. Marco Zevenhoven remains the deputy director and…

US: San Diego County Flower & Plant Association installs 2021-2022 officers and board of directors

The San Diego County Flower & Plant Association (SDCF&PA) is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 slate of officers and board of directors. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the association’s Annual Dinner Meeting July 22.  “I am very excited about our group of officers and board members for the coming year,”…

James Kapombe, Cocogrow:

Kenya: "In addition to coco peat, we are producing ropes to reduce waste"

The high amount of coconut husk waste in Kenya and the need for coco peat among horticulture growers is what made James Kapombe establish his own company Cocogrow in 2018. Cocogrow produces coco peat locally, which is not the usual route to follow as 99% of coco peat in Kenya is still imported from other…

Scaling in horticulture enables custom products increasingly often

Twenty years ago, growers asked Bato Plastics for custom requests for 20,000 pots, but nowadays we’re talking much larger numbers. An order for 200,000 pots, clips or other customer-custom requests doesn’t surprise sales manager Hans Luijkx and his teammates anymore. Hans Luijkx That’s why Bato is focussing…

Last physical auction cart of plants donated to historical garden Aalsmeer

It was not hugely spectacular, the last physical auction cart of plants at Royal FloraHolland last Friday. Nor was it a moment to get excited about. After more than 100 years of physical auctions, however, you do not let such a moment pass unmarked, thought Henk Spaargaren of trading company Florink…

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society promotes Tamela Vieira to new role of Executive Vice President

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is pleased to announce that Tamela Vieira has been promoted to the newly-created role of Executive Vice President of PHS. In Vieira’s new leadership role, she will oversee the portfolio of programming work previously led by Chief Operating Officer Don Fox. Fox…

EHR’s 2021 New Varieties Report is now available

Eason Horticultural Resources announces the release of their 2021 edition of the New Varieties Report. Previously they released this publication strictly to cover the…

Co-founder of Aldershot Greenhouses

Meina (Menk) Clazina Vander Lugt has passed away

"Peacefully at home, our beloved wife, mother, Oma and Great-Oma, Meina (Menk) Vander Lugt (née Kuijvenhoven) passed away and went to be with her Lord and Saviour in her 92nd year. Menk was born in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, the youngest of 10 children, and passed away in Burlington, ON, Canada. Menk is…

US (FL): Zachary Sweat joins Syngenta as ornamental territory manager

Syngenta has announced the appointment of Zachary Sweat as ornamental territory manager for Florida. In this role, Sweat will work with nursery and greenhouse growers to implement trusted solutions for insect, disease and weed management.“We are excited to welcome Zach to the Syngenta Professional…

Family Tree Nursery

US (KS): Take a look inside this growing third-generation flower and tree nursery

Jonah Nelson, manager of the Overland Park operation and part of the family’s third generation, said that, even with the growth in retail, Family Tree has never lost its roots in producing flowers for its customers. Watch the full video to learn about this blooming company in Kansas, US.For more…

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US (OH): Flower shop purchased to employ those with special needs

Jim and Laura Sniff never intended to own a flower shop. They never intended for their farm to become a concert venue. Then again, when you have a child with autism, life can lead you down unanticipated paths.Jim and Laura Sniff of Blue Ridge Community Farm bought the Picket Fence floral shop to employ…

Garden Center Association reveals Scotland and Northern Ireland winners

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members in Scotland and Northern Ireland are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Klondyke Mortonhall Garden Centre.Staff from Simpsons Garden Centre, with (right) GCA inspector Colin FarquharIn Scotland,…

Results of 'We Need More Flowers' campaign

"Two in three consumers encouraged to buy more flowers"

Research agency Motivaction has evaluated the ‘We Need More Flowers’ campaign. The campaign ran in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom in May, and in France in June, and the results are impressive! We Need More Flowers was given high ratings and resulted in increased interest in (buying)…

Helix Australia's segment on 'The Garden Gurus'

"We are promoting our Boronia varieties on Australian television"

"In addition to our progressive breeding programme of Waxflower, Helix Australia also specializes in the breeding and licensing of Boronia." In conjunction with its breeding partner King’s Park & Botanic Garden, Helix Australia has so far released two varieties of Boronia – Plum Bells and Majestic…

Syngenta Group reports strong financial results for sustainability-enabling products

"Demand was strongest for products that help farmers combat ongoing drought conditions"

Syngenta Group today reported strong financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2021. Group sales in the second quarter were $7.4 billion, up 28 percent versus Q2 2020 (+20 percent at CER). EBITDA increased in the second quarter 25 percent (+21 percent at CER) to $1.2 billion.…

Sian Roses rebrands to Sian Flowers

Kenya: "Revamped assortment, new brand identity, same vision"

“For over 20 years our core business has been the production and export of roses but we have recently decided to diversify into summer flowers,” says Yvonne Chelagat, Business Development and Marketing Manager of Sian Roses, which is now rebranding to Sian Flowers. “Due to this diversification into…

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Allambee Flower Farm

Australia: “We are adding 20 ha as the demand for native flowers is definitely up"

In the green hills of Gippsland, amid the flamboyant colours of the Allambee Flower Farm, the coronavirus pandemic feels a long way distant. It’s how Neil and Quynh O’Sullivan like it; living their family life on a small farm surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of Australia’s native waratahs, proteas,…

Belgium’s flower sector in full bloom after difficult year

Belgium’s floriculture sector is thriving after demand for ornamental flowers and plants has risen sharply, which is welcome news after the difficulties faced during the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. The production value of the ornamental plant and tree nursery sector in Belgium amounts to…

NL: Butterfly Candy Little Ruby wins Best Novelty of SVB 2021

Buddleja davidii 'Botex 006' (Butterfly Candy Little Ruby) has been named as the Best Novelty of SVB 2021 by the Nursery Trade Fair Foundation (SVB). The plant was submitted by Van Son & Koot bv from Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands.Van Son & Koot bv submitted a series of compact Buddleja, the Buddleja…

Collaboration between Royal FloraHolland and transport companies approved

After extensive enquiries into the market situation and RFH’s position in the floriculture industry, the ACM has approved the collaboration between Royal FloraHolland (RFH) and the transport companies De Winter, Van Zaal and Wematrans. This means the companies now have the green light to set up…

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Belgian grower shows minister the best of Flemish roses

On Monday, the Flemish Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden visited Wim Scheers' company in Kontich, just south of Antwerp. At the invitation of the Boerenbond (Farmers' Union) and thanks to the hospitality and enthusiasm of the grower, she was given the opportunity to become acquainted with a…

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Emerald Coast Growers releases new Resource Guide featuring Fresh Picks section

Emerald Coast Growers has released an updated version of their popular Resource Guide. The 2021-22 edition features a section called Fresh Picks, which highlights all…

"New horticulture technical representative a welcome addition to Southeast region"

Devin McCaffrey joins the BioSafe Systems’ team as a new Technical Sales Representative for the Horticulture Division. He is in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, and will serve the surrounding regional states including NC, SC, GA, VA, WV, KY, and TN. "Devin will be working with the rest of the…

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Australia: Lynch Group flowers again after lockdown strife

Australia’s biggest seller of cut flowers, Lynch Group, says there has been a partial rebound of its business after the “initial shocks” of the Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns, and the long-term trends are working in its favour as people spend higher amounts on better-quality bunches of flowers and pot…

Magical Hydrangea Jewel

"Danish introduction of our new indoor hydrangea has gone unexpectedly well"

Magical Hydrangea presented its newest indoor hydrangea during the trade fair Formland last week: the Magical Jewel. At the Scandinavian design event, the plant could look forward to enthusiastic reactions from visiting stylists and designers. The new indoor hydrangea will be available for European…

Takii, bloomon and Van Gogh Museum present bouquet

An ode to Van Gogh's sunflowers

Together with bloomon and the Van Gogh Museum, Takii is proud to present this collaboration in the form of the luxurious flower bouquet “Atelier – Van Gogh Museum edition”. This modern version of Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers will be available to consumers in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and the United Kingdom in…

Nino Venezia, Dutch Graphic Group:

"Turnover isn't growing this year, it's exploding"

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the labels, cards, and other graphics markets. "Turnover isn't growing; it's exploding this year. Last year was already a top year. But, this year's sales are much higher," says Nino Venezia, the Dutch Graphic Group's patriarch. This company is located in a new…

Doug Cole, D.S. Cole Growers:

“Adding houseplants provides growers with a good profit margin”

“For 2022 we are expanding our house plant section with over 25 new varieties, as we have found a big resurgence of interest in house plants of all shapes and sizes,” says Doug Cole, owner of D.S. Cole Growers. “At our recent Open House many customers were excited to add these to their program, as this…

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US (DE): Mt. Cuba to add high-tech, sustainable greenhouse

Hockessin’s Mt. Cuba Center is breaking ground on a new, sustainable greenhouse and plant production space. The organization plans to use the space to conduct native plant research, propagation, and production. Mt. Cuba’s current greenhouse was completed in 1962 to produce floral plants for Pamela and…

US (MA): Picking their passion: Chelsea couple create flower farm

The barn in Chelsea, along with a 6-acre farm, belong to Bill and Rebecca Rowley, who have been Chelsea residents since 2006. After spending seven years in Brazil working as…

Sprayrose growers worldwide unite in The World of Sprayroses

The World of Sprayroses is a new foundation of sprayrose growers with the ambition of showing the endless possibilities of sprayroses worldwide. United as global partners, The World of Sprayroses facilitates a platform for the promotion and support of Sprayroses worldwide. The demand for Sprayroses has…

State approves tax credit for business expansion

US (OH): Oberlin Green Circle Growers to add 250 jobs in $125M expansion

Green Circle Growers Inc. expects to create 250 full time jobs with a $125 million expansion at its greenhouses in Camden Township outside of Oberlin.On Aug. 23, the company and state agencies announced the project to generate $15 million a year in new payroll and keep $36.8 million in existing pay…

Royal Van Zanten's Charmelia available through US eCommerce

"21-day vase life, unique, and now available for American florists"

According to Royal Van Zanten, the availability of Charmelia is being expanded for good reason. "Elegant, feminine and just a little bit different. Charmelia has it all! She’s absolutely stunning and covered with flowers. Charmelia is known not only for its enchanting beauty but also for its…

Bacto-Zyme

Enzymatic degreaser loosens biofilm within seconds

“While biofilm degradation occurs naturally over time, Bacto-Zyme expedites the process to happen within minutes,” says Royal Marty, chief executive officer and owner of Substrata.   Substrata is a Nevada-based biochemical manufacturing company that specializes in the production of enzymatic solutions for industrial…

NL: Looije Agro Technics is building for the future

Since last year, the management team of specialized consultancy bureau for the greenhouse horticulture sector Looije Agro Technics (LAT) no longer consists of one but of three members. In addition to the familiar face of Martin Looije, who has been at the helm since the company's establishment in 1999,…

Kunming International Flower Auction Exchange Center joins hands with FreshHema

China: Partnership to establish a flower supply chain company

Recently, Kunming International Flower Auction Exchange Center (KIFA) and FreshHema have strategically cooperated to establish a flower supply chain company. This also means…

Consumer website launched to promote Kitchen Minis tabletop vegetables collection

"We want to increase consumer awareness of the joy of growing food on your windowsill"

To provide further consumer awareness, and help greenhouse and retail customers sell the Kitchen Minis collection of edible potted vegetable plants, PanAmerican Seed has launched a shopper-friendly website www.kitchenminis.com. The mobile-optimized site lets consumers browse the full assortment of…

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Grower of exotic houseplants reaping what she sows

A beloved hobby has grown into a new business for one Sarnia woman – literally. Like many of us, Nicole Warner, 33, found time on her hands during the pandemic lockdowns and looked for a creative outlet. “I’ve always loved house plants, especially exotic ones that I import from overseas,” she said. “I’ve…

AFE's 60th anniversary fundraising campaign

Record-breaking amount raised in support of floriculture research

"We are pleased to announce that a record-breaking $161,080 was raised through industry sponsorships and donations in support of the $100,000 in 60 Days Virtual Fundraising Campaign. 2021 marks the 60th Anniversary of AFE’s existence, and while an in-person event wasn’t feasible, a 60-day peer-to-peer…

US (NY): Nassau County to provide on-site COVID-19 vaccines at Hicks Nurseries

Hicks Nurseries, Long Island’s largest garden center and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran have teamed up in an effort to vaccinate Long Islanders. The Nassau County…

"We are the only Lilac germplasm resource bank in China"

At the time of the "flower season" on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Mrs. Li Yanping came to the clove base in Guide County, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai…

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British Protected Ornamentals Association joins British Growers Association

British Growers is pleased to announce that the British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) has chosen British Growers to take over their administration and official office. They will be joining 13 other specialist crops associations which make up the British Growers membership. The British…

New partner JB Hydroponics helps Atrium Agri grow

"Now that our customers are getting bigger, we want to be closer to the source"

It was time for Atrium Agri’s growth strategy to take the next step. JB Hydroponics, a specialist in cultivation systems and substrates, is now the seventh partner in the partnership of Henk Verbakel (Havecon), Edward Verbakel (VB Group), and Koen Brabander (PB tec). "With the added value of JB…

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Kenya: Karuturi Flower Farm assets' sale begins

The sale of Karuturi Flower Farm assets has kicked off following the ruling by the Supreme Court allowing Stanbic Bank to dispose of the property to recover over Sh1.8B debt. The receiver-manager has issued a quit notice to more than 3,000 former workers of the once flourishing Naivasha-based flower farm…

Marianne Koper has passed away

Marianne Koper has passed away. Marianne, who worked in the inside sales department at Zantingh CV-groothandel, was 55 years old. The management and colleagues of the company from Rijsenhout shared the following obituary. On Monday 16 August, we received the sad news that our beloved colleague Marianne Koper had passed away at…

Bloomin’ Easy introduces six new varieties for 2022

“There is a growing demand for new and improved flowering shrubs”

“Season after season we clearly see the demand for new and improved flowering shrubs growing,” says Bloomin’ Easy about their new varieties. This is why they are adding six new and improved flowering shrub varieties to their collection for spring 2022. “From extended flowering and improved natural form,…

Fromm's strapping machines gaining ground in horticulture

Crates, boxes, and kegs - in the fresh produce sector, millions of them are lugged back and forth every day. They also need to be stacked and sealed. The logistics process is becoming increasingly automated. Yet, things like packing, wrapping, and strapping are still often done manually. Fromm's fully…

“Foliera is building towards a strong future with their latest greenhouse”

Sometimes, the best way through uncertain times is to take advantage of other’s hesitancy towards risk. This at least is the opinion of Lisa and John Kouwenberg, the owners of Foliera, an Ontario-based Tropical and Potted Plant producer/wholesaler, who are not afraid of taking big steps.    In 2019, Foliera purchased a 5-acre…

DSV Panalpina A/S completes DKK 30.2 billion acquisition of Global Integrated Logistics from Agility

All conditions and requirements for the acquisition of Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business (GIL) have been met, and DSV Panalpina A/S (DSV) is now formally taking…

Oboya Horticulture applies for bankruptcy

On 16 August 2021, the board has decided to submit an application for bankruptcy for Oboya Horticulture Industries AB. During the past year, Oboya has undergone a long and…

NL: Nursery Bernhard on the way to fossil-free

In 1972 Bram Bernhard senior took the big step to the Dutch village Luttelgeest. Twelve years earlier, as a 17-year-old boy, he joined his father's company in Amsterdam. They grow parsley, cucumbers, endives and other vegetables there, under flat glass. Bram is ambitious, switches to freesias in standing…

ITC Wilches celebrates 25th anniversary

"We are leading the commercialization of flexible packaging for perishables"

A family business founded by Mrs. Carmen Wilches in 1996 oriented to the flower market manufacturing of bouquets packing, for more than one decade. They have automatized and adapted its processes not only for flowers but also for fruits, aromatic, vegetables and others; using high-quality material and…

Newly released: model for dynamic simulation of crop competition

Compete is a dynamic simulation model developed to simulate the competition for soil nitrogen (N), soil moisture, and solar radiation between the main crop (e.g., maize (Zea…

Germany: Floragard appoints new Sales Director

Floragard Vertriebs-GmbH had appointed Aidan Campion as Head of Raw Materials Sales (Peat). Aidan Campion has over 20 years of experience in the horticulture industry, in particular, as Global Business Development Manager for Bord na Mona Horticulture in the past 14 years. In addition, he has a strong…


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