February is time for Helleborus Days!

'Winter Flowering Plants' Special

During the entire month of February, Belgian based Het Wilgenbroek celebrate their 'Winter Flowering Plants' Special.

The Helleborus' is the specialty of this nursery and central to its month-long promotion. This winter flowering plant is currently one of the most popular garden and terrace plants. It is currently part of a both beautiful and extended exhibition in their Oostkamp greenhouses.

Unique to this nursery collection are Helleborus Breeding and the production of Helleborusplanten and World Summit.

Helleborus Floral Award 2019

During these open days, there are also floral exhibitions including on Saturday 16th February, a workshop with Ann Desmet and on Sunday 17th February professional florists will take part in the Helleborus Floral Award. In this, participants undertake a floral arrangement using Helleborus, under the theme 'Hope'.



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Ornamental Citrus Plants in Pots

Sicilian based Giambò Piante will be showing their production of ornamental citrus plants in pots at MyPlant & Garden (Milan) this week. They are a leading nursery which exports their plant material across the European market. See them in Pavilion 16 (Stand K30).

A Fantastic Display of Beauty, Creativity and Genius

This week (February 20-22) sees the annual Myplant & Garden in Milan. Aside from a varied selection of Italian specimen trees, there will be an infinite show of creative and commercial ideas for the worlds of floristry, decoration and accessories with a spectacular arena for wedding trends.

'Green Producer' Caporalplant  

Caporalplant will form part of the list of 'green producers'  at MyPlant and Garden in Milan. See the 'Beauty of Nature' on stand 16D19-E20. 

Business Booms for 'Glee at Spring Fair'

The second Spring Fair to incorporate 'Glee' report strong levels of orders and new leads at a key point in the spring sales season.

Woodlodge, a leading supplier of pots, containers, furniture and garden ornaments, said Glee at Spring Fair had helped to generate leads in retail sectors that did not usually have a presence at Glee in September.

Woodlodge Sales Manager, Ian Flounders, explained: “It has been an absolutely fantastic show. We met with lots of companies that we wouldn’t normally see at Glee, including floristry, DIY, high street retailers and independents.

New Buddleja Butterfly Tower

Genesis Plant Marketing have confirmed that their New Buddleja Butterfly Tower is being released this Spring, in both the U.K. and Europe. Mail order will be via Thompson & Morgan and also Baldur in Germany as well as via general commercial release.

Stunning New Brochure

Innocenti & Mangoni Piante chose IPM Essen to launch their new 36 page brochure. They also confirmed their presence later this year at the Four Oaks Trade Show in September. Here they will promote 'young plants' as an extension to their established specimen plants.

Groen-Direkt Spring Fair 2019

The annual Groen-Direkt Spring Fair took place this month in Hazerswoude-Dorp, Holland. This provided a complete survey of what plant material is available for the coming season.

On top of the sample fair featuring 5000+ products, there was also the PP Plaza with around 150 exhibitors.


Agrocoop Make History at IPM!

History was made last month when the first nursery from Albania to exhibit at IPM Essen took their place amongst the world's finest! 

Agrocoop are based in Shkoder, this nursery specialise in Cupressocyparis Leylandii and other varieties for the landscape and retail sectors.

'Flower Market' for Portugal

Lusoflora aims to create the 'flower market' of flowers and plants for Portugal. Their annual event takes place in Santarem next week from February 22-23. http://www.apppfn.pt/

Biobest’s Biocontrol Strategies

Biobest chose IPM Essen, the world’s leading horticultural trade fair, to promote its multi-pronged IPM solutions for thrips, mealybug and sciarid control in pot plants. A wide range of ornamental crops are highly susceptible to damage from these three challenging pests. 

Eco-friendliness is the Theme

At IPM, Desch Plantpak presented a complete range of eco-friendly products, each of which responds to demands from retailers and consumers.

Recover is Desch Plantpak's answer to the requirement for better separation of plastic products during waste processing. Recover products destined for Germany have a striking blue colour, while those for the English market are in a distinctive taupe grey.

Pot Roses with Enchanting Fragrance

The Queen of Pot Roses, Rosa Eskelund from Roses Forever presented a brand new series of long lasting fragrant pot roses with large flowers at IPM Essen. 'Stop and Smell the Roses' drew many visitors during the four day event. 

'A Horticultural Jargon Buster’

Palmstead Nurseries are holding a series of mini-workshops from February 2019 onwards through to May. The theme of their February event next week (February 20th), is centered on 'Horticultural Terms'. This follows their recent Soft Landscape Workshop held in January.

Joint Association 'Post-Brexit' Conference

Three of the leading trade associations in the garden and leisure, pet product and home enhancement sectors are joining forces to host a joint conference on The Future for International Trade, ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Gardenex, PetQuip and BHETA will host this one day event on March 12th, at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. www.gardenex.com

Chilean Production Site Opened by Benary

At the beginning of November 2018, Benary opened its new production site in Chile in the presence of the main shareholder Klaudia Benary-Redlefsen. Benary has been producing flower seeds in Chile for decades.

Hijuelas offers the perfect climate for the production of some of their most important crops. www.benary.de

Inaugural Biopesticide Summit

Bionema Limited and Swansea University are to host the inaugural Biopesticide Summit and exhibition in Swansea University, United Kingdom on July 2/3 2019. This will address the pressing need to develop alternatives to chemical crop protection.


'Flowers to Live'

The International Floralies held in Nantes, is a major worldwide plant and ornamental event that takes place only every 5 years.First held in 1956, the 12th edition takes place this year from May 8 to 19. 'Flowers to Live' is the chosen theme to launch the 2019 event.



'City of Flowers'

Guangzhou is the main flower production base and supply centre in China for potted ornamental plants. It is also the main distribution centre for imported flowers and has a wealth of its own flower varieties.

Guangzhou vows to highlight the charm of flower city and to create the brand of being the 'City of Flowers'. This will be reflected at the China International and Floriculture Trade Fair (Flower Expo China) held from March 17 -19 in Guangzhou.

7th Season for Dubai Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden is one of a kind in the world for it's unique display and its extravagant outdoor destination. It's 7th season is now open until May 5th 2019.

This is a huge & exclusive flower garden which occupies an area of 72,000 sq.m. There are around 109 million flowers planted and 100 million of these bloom in the garden each season.