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Understanding heat risks for horticultural and floricultural workers

The United States, as much as Europe, is experiencing hotter days earlier and later in the year than in decades…

Brussels to roll out its iconic flower carpet between 15-18 August 2024

Brussels’ iconic flower carpet will once again be ‘rolled out’ on the cobblestones of the city’s Grand Place this August.…

Paardekooper launches flower sleeves made from 70 per cent post consumer recycled content

Dutch based horticulture packaging manufacturer and supplier Paardekooper has made a significant step towards sustainability by transitioning from virgin OPP flower sleeves…

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Understanding heat risks for horticultural and floricultural workers

The United States, as much as Europe, is experiencing hotter days earlier and later in the year than in decades…

Labeau hails the company’s inaugural Open Days a resounding success

Orchid breeder and propagator Labeau, which emerged in February 2024 when Hark/Sion and Microflor joined forces, concluded its first Open…

Turfvrij Nederland: ‘Peat bogs are Europe’s rainforest, so we have to preserve, protect and restore them’

Philipp Gramlich and Karin Bodewits, leading figures in the community network Turfvrij Nederland, are at the forefront of the battle…

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Belgium

In Flanders Fields, where ornamental trees and plants grow – Episode 3

The Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) invited FCI to see a cross-section of ornamental horticulture in the province…

Belgium

In Flanders Fields, where ornamental trees and plants grow – Episode 2

The Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) invited FCI to see a cross-section of ornamental horticulture in the province…

Belgium

In Flanders Fields, where ornamental trees and plants grow – Episode 1

The Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) invited FCI to see a cross-section of ornamental horticulture in the province…

United Kingdom

‘Sustainability increased capital costs in the short-term but reduced running costs over a longer period’

Allensmore Nurseries reigned supreme at AIPH International Grower of the Year 2023 at IPM Essen, winning gold for…

Italy

How is the Italian garden centre sector faring?

Founded in 2012, Italy’s national garden centre association, the Associazione Italiana Centri Giardinaggio (AICG), is the voice of…

Switzerland

How is the Swiss garden centre sector faring?

Episode four of our ‘Exploring Europe’s Garden Centres’ series takes us to Switzerland, where we interviewed Erwin Meier-Honegger,…

Erwin Meier-Honegger holding soil up shaped like a heart.
Netherlands

Lush lilies in the limelight

The Dutch lily industry ran its 11th open house in the second week of June when it opened…

United States

‘There’s an emotional disconnect between end users and larger scale commercial producers’

FCI had a great one-to-one with plant enthusiast and plant convention organiser Kenny Kiet Nguyen from Houston. We…

Lady looking at plants during Plantcon International
World

Smart plants or the magical interaction between flowers and pollinators

The interconnectedness of everything in nature is astounding. Plants have evolved side by side with their pollinators creating…

Close-up of bee on a yellow flower.
Taiwan

‘We believe that the ornamental business will become more closely linked to the regional economy’

Royal Base Corporation from Chinese Taipei scooped Gold in the Cut Flowers & Bulbs category of AIPH’s 2023…

selfie picture of Robert Wang with the The Royal Base Corporation team posing at the TIOS orchid show.

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Paardekooper launches flower sleeves made from 70 per cent post consumer recycled content

Dutch based horticulture packaging manufacturer and supplier Paardekooper has made a significant step towards sustainability by transitioning from virgin OPP flower sleeves…

The UK’s Horticultural Trades Assocation urges the government to prioritise a plant health agreement with the EU

Today, in the King's Speech alongside the State Opening of Parliament, the new Labour government's legislative priorities were set out…

The UK and EU plant and flower industry sound alarm over the mounting cost crises of imports

In an open letter ahead of the General Election, the UK’s Horticultural Trades Association and sister associations from across Europe…

Small-scale flower and plant growers closer to 100 per cent sustainability certification

The board of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) defined the revenue definition for small-scale growers in the ‘Global North’ on…

Novelties

Verbena Fuerte makes promising debut at FlowerTrials

At the recently held FlowerTrials in the Netherlands, Beekenkamp Plants' presented its new Verbena Fuerte series. Cutting-raised Fuerte Verbenas are versatile annuals and are perfect for hanging baskets, bedding schemes,…

FlowerTrials continues to be an unmissable open-house event for bedding plant industry (1)

FlowerTrials, the annual open days for the global bedding plant industry, was back in bloom from 11-14 June 2024, attracting 5,300 green professionals. Interest in the event is stable, with…

It’s ‘Grandtastic’! A filler and accent flower in one

Breeding the new Gypsophila variety ‘Grandtastic’ was, as Selecta Cut Flowers calls it, a masterstroke, “a creation worth an art gallery”. Beneath the ornate prose lies a new filler flower…

Digitalis purpurea Apple Blossom wins Best in Show at HTA National Plant Show 2024

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company’s Digitalis purpurea Apple Blossom has been recognised as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), at this…

Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pretty in Pink’ wins Best in Show Award at Groen-Direkt’s Summer Days

Boskoop’s Royal Horticulture Society (KVBC) awarded Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pretty in Pink’ submitted by Compass Plants B.V.  and Hans van der Meer Potplanten from Nieuwe Wetering (Netherlands) with the Best in…

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Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Euro Plant Tray rolls out further partner incentives

Euro Plant Tray (EPT) has inked strategic partnerships with service providers HB RTS , Inotec and EECC for logistics solutions.…

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and China Cargo Airlines agree to strengthen Block Space collaboration

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and China Cargo Airlines have inked a new hard block space agreement, marking a significant…

German competition watchdog green lights rules for Euro Plant Tray

The German competition and markets authority, Bundeskartellamt, has given the green light to horticultural companies that team up with Euro…

One Air commences Boeing 747 freighter operations at East Midlands Airport

One Air, the British cargo airline, has commenced operations at East Midlands Airport (EMA). The central UK airport will now…

Tech

Tech

Tech

Tech

John van Santen joins Metazet’s management  board

Metazet, a manufacturer and supplier of a variety of metal products for the horticultural sector, has appointed John van Santen…

Signify plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent across its entire value chain

Signify has released its plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 90 per cent across its entire value chain…

Interest in GreenTech is stable, with this year’s attendance up 5 per cent from 2023

The GreenTech 2024 show, held in Amsterdam between 11 and 13 June, proved that, from a global perspective, there’s an…

Priva celebrates its 65th anniversary and presents groundbreaking new products at GreenTech 2024

This year, greenhouse automation supplier Priva celebrates 65 years in business. At this week's GreenTech show in Amsterdam the company…

Events

Brussels to roll out its iconic flower carpet between 15-18 August 2024

Brussels’ iconic flower carpet will once again be ‘rolled out’ on the cobblestones of the city’s Grand Place this August. The  Brussels carpet  spans an area of 1,600m2 and will…

Autumn edition of Plantarium|Groen-Direkt sells out

With more than 220 booths, the exhibit floor at the autumn edition of Plantarium|Groen-Direkt 2024 is sold out, but space in the show’s novelty showcase remains available. Running between 21-22…

Bookings for CHA UK exhibitor pavilion at IPM Essen coming in thick and fast

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) has confirmed that it is currently organising the UK exhibitor group. Many exhibitors have already signed up. Following a busy and productive event in 2024,…

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People

People

Pistoia Nursery District re elects president Francesco Ferrini for second three year term

The Ornamental Nursery District of Pistoia (Distretto Vivaistico Ornamentale di Pistoia) has re-elected president Francesco Ferrini for a second three-year…

PBR pioneer Ronald Korenstra dies after short illness

It is with great sadness that CIOPORA, the international association of breeders of asexually reproduced horticultural varieties, announces the passing…

Memorial Tribute established in memory of William “Bill” J. Gouldin

American industry friends Buzzy Heroman, Steve Neubauer, Greg Royer, and Ken Young have established a memorial tribute through the American…

Steve Reed is the UK’s new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In the first round of Cabinet appointments after winning the UK’s General Election, Prime Minister  Keir Stamer has named Steve…

Opinion

Insights from Marrakesh and a Look Ahead to Kunming

After this year’s successful Annual General Meeting in Marrakesh, the next CIOPORA AGM in 2025 will occur in Kunming, China,…

CNLA’s ‘Plants Love You’ Initiative: Cultivating A Greener, Healthier Future For All

Plants Love You’ is a movement initiated by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) aimed at increasing awareness of the…

‘Private Equity in Horticulture’ themed webinar leaves attendees with more questions than answers

On Tuesday, 16 April, Dutch-based World Horti Center hosted its seventh I-Grow Inside webinar, this time around discussing the pros…

Gardening on the wild(er) side on Knepp Estate

A historic garden in Southern England aims to radically boost its biodiversity in an experiment that pushes at the boundaries…

R&D

World Horti Center grants replication privilege to Shandong province authorities

World Horti Center has struck a partnership agreement with the Chinese province of Shandong, which will see the building of a second World Horti Center outside Europe. The Lord Mayor…

Electromagnetic energy stimulates crop growth

Dutch-based Wageningen University & Research (WUR) found that electromagnetic (EM) energy encourages crops to grow faster. The research was recently published in the report 'Effects of the ParXtra modulator on…

Trademarks and Variety Denominations are two different concepts that should not be confused

When buying a Pink Lady®, Kanzi® or Jazz™ apple in the supermarket, few consumers will know they are purchasing a ‘Cripps Pink’, ‘Nicoter’ or ‘Scifresh’ apple variety. The fruit industry,…

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