Living Wall 'Symphony of Foliage' 

Living Wall 'Symphony of Foliage' 

The Music Centre frontage at Nottingham Trent University has been enhanced by a majestic 38 square metre bespoke living wall.

Installed in Autumn 2019 and pictured here in its February 2020 flushes, the new Music Centre’s living wall not only adds a splash of natural beauty but will encourage biodiversity in its proximity.

Mobilane Cassette System

The LivePanel living wall cassette system was supplied by Mobilane and expertly affixed by plant design specialist installers Oasis Plants alongside the traditional buildings at Shakespeare Villas on the City Campus.

A Summer of Natural Colour

The University facilities team wanted to make a bold and vibrant statement on the exterior of this refurbishment project. The living wall was the finishing touch on a two-phase project on the site that saw the University Hall extended and the addition of the Music Centre.

The new building sits alongside the buildings originally constructed in 1854 and accommodates dance and music studio, dining facilities and is linked by a glass vestibule.

A Concerto of Campanula

The arrangement of plant varieties will create a concerto of colour in the warmer spring and summer months. Conducted by the Oasis team, the plant choice encompasses a blend of foliage and flower in over 1700 individual plants including ivy (Hedera Helix) and Euonymus, grasses (Carex) and Pachysandra.

The green wall will reach a crescendo with the full visual impact of striking blue Campanula flowers in the summer.


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Flormart 2020 in Padova, Italy (Sept 23-25).

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ICL Launch Fibagro Advance

Manufactured in the UK from home grown FSC sourced wood, Fibagro Advance is a new, improved, highly consistent woodfibre substrate.

This is available exclusively from ICL for the Professional Horticultural market.

GreenTech Amsterdam Switches to the Autumn 

The annual GreenTech exhibition is switching from June to 20th-22nd October this year.

The expected duration of the global situation, due to the spread of COVID-19, has resulted in this decision. RAI Amsterdam, as organiser, has complied with the explicit wishes of both exhibitors and visitors to reschedule the event.

Garden Trials and Trade 2020 is Latest Victim

The annual Garden Trials & Trade Fair is the latest event to fall victim to COVID-19.

Jan van Lint on behalf of the organisation: “These past several days have shown us the health risks that are present. It would therefore be irresponsible to allow an event such as Garden Trials and Trade to take place at the beginning of June. We wish everyone strength and health during this challenging time.”

Campanula Chosen as Houseplant for April 

Flower Council Holland have chosen Campanula as their Houseplant Promotion for next month.

Campanula is a plant with a fresh look, mainly in shades of blue, purple and white.

41st Edition for Flora Bratislava 2020

April 2020 sees the 41st edition of Flora Bratislava.

This International Fair of Flowers and Gardening will be held in the Incheba Expo exhibition Centre, Bratislava, Slovakia from April 30th – May 3rd 2020.

Growers Band Together for Plantarium and Groen-Direkt

As a continuation of their excellent collaboration, the August 2020 Plantarium and Groen-Direkt events will bring together all of the grower exhibitors onto one exhibition floor.

Plantarium 2020 will be held from August 26-28. The Groen-Direkt Autumn Fair 2020 runs from August 26-27.  /

4th Holland Dahlia Event Confirmed

The fourth edition of the Holland Dahlia Event has been confirmed for 2020.

This will take place from August 26-28 in various locations in the Netherlands.​

Flormart Roadshow To Outline 2020 Programme

The 71st Edition of Flormart is being enhanced by a fresh new marketing approach.

This will include a series of roadshows across Italy in the next few months. During these, the Fiera di Padova will present its new philosophy to the horticultural supply chain.

Sharing Green City Initiatives

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) recently brought together key industry players in the beautiful city of Miami, Florida – the cargo gateways of America.

The three-day event, entitled ‘Growing The Industry’ was co-ordinated by the association as part of its Spring Meeting, and supported by AmericanHort, to enable knowledge exchange and facilitate discussion on growing the ornamental industry.

Immense Ramifications for Euro Trade Events

I am sure we have all monitored the developing news concerning the Coronavirus in recent weeks. This virus has now landed right on the Plant Sector's runway and shows no sign of any departure date.

The suspension of Myplant & Garden only served to tell us that the management of our trade fairs is now being presented with an even greater challenge. For Garden, scheduled for late March in Prague, was suspended for the same reason, together with two major events in the Netherlands in June, Greentech and the Flower Trials.

Myplant & Garden have now re-scheduled their event for September 21-23. This will overlap with Flormart in Padua (Sept 23-25).  

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Van den Berk Opens U.K. Nursery

After the establishment of Van den Berk Limited in 2019, this leading nursery have announced the establishment of a nursery in the U.K. 

The decision for this location was made due to a strong demand from their clients and specifiers of their specimen trees.

Plantarium 2020 are also looking ahead to the themes of their next edition, which takes place from August 26-28, 2020.

35 Years at IPM Essen!

Laurica Plants enjoyed their 35th consecutive year exhibiting at the world's top plant fair.

Stunning Display

Belgian based Mentens Tree Nursery cultivates some 70 different types of plant material. This nursery provided a stunning display for the Landscape Professional at IPM Essen. 

It specialises in multi-trunk trees, solitary shrubs, large hedge plants and topiary plants such as Box, Taxus, Prunus and Osmanthus.

Danziger Founders Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

A truly outstanding and well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Zehava and Ernest Danziger, founders of 'Danziger Dan Flower Farm', at the Israeli Agricultural Committee in Jerusalem.

They established Danziger more than 65 years ago. At that time, they could not have imagined that in 2019 their farm would produce and sell half a billion cuttings worldwide, adding colour to many places in the world.

Future Co-operation for Floriade Expo 2022!

Floriade Expo 2022, AVAG and GreenTech – RAI Amsterdam have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on their future co-operation.

This MoU offers an excellent starting position for Floriade Expo 2022 to strengthen co-operation with the innovative Dutch greenhouse and technology sector.

'50 Years of Four Oaks!'

In September 2020, the U.K.'s leading Ornamental Plant Trade Fair will celebrate its 50th Anniversary! 

We intend to mark this occasion throughout 2020 with a series of news articles on the history and developments that have made Four Oaks such a phenomenal story. will be looking for exhibitor news going back 50 years!

Prepare Yourselves for Expo 2020!

October 20th 2020 should already be in your diary! This will mark the opening of Expo 2020 in Dubai which will run for 6 months into 2021.

There will be a series of pavilions representing a huge number of countries from around the globe. The Belgian 'Green Ark' pavilion includes a host of sustainable innovations and will include 10,000 plants.

Direct Purchasing from China 

China Direct UK is a joint venture which will facilitate the direct purchasing from Chinese manufacturers. The company was jointly formed in 2019 by Frank Sandford, well known industry consultant, Neville Stein and Head of the China Horticultural Association, Larry Lee.

Production and Markets for Ornamentals to 2030!

The latest initiative of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) - the International Vision Project (IVP) is the very first of its kind in ornamental horticulture. This sets out a forecast for the future of the global industry until 2030.

The second in the International Vision Project report series has now been published and is entitled ‘Production and Markets, the future of ornamentals’.