Spotlight on Four Oaks : Edition 49!

Spotlight on Four Oaks : Edition 49!

During the next 2 weeks, we will place the spotlight on a number of exhibitors showing at Four Oaks in September (3/4).

There will, as usual, be a rich mixture of U.K. Growers and those from across Europe.

40 Hectares of Production

Magni Piante operate on 40 hectares of production land in Pistoia,at the heart of Tuscany. As a leading nursery in the heart of this Italian nursery region, Magni are continually looking at the range of plants they provide.

Magni have total commitment to servicing their customers, who range from small independent retail centres to wholesale nurseries /cash & carry's to chain stores. 

See their current range at Four Oaks including topiary, hedging, screening, mediterranean plants, palms and aromatics. (Stands B63-68).

A Guide to Profitable Primroses

“Good presentation of healthy plants is the key to winter bedding plants”, says Jack Holden of Solufeed. “They are seen as simple and cheap to grow but attention to detail will pay dividends.” 

For growers in hardwater areas it is recommended to use the acid feeds, Vigil as a starter and Fleury as a later feed. For those growers who blend their own NPK he suggests Solufeed TEC to provide the correct balance of chelated trace elements and minerals. 

UK Supplier for Marconi Nurseries

Plants Galore are an Essex based nursery which provides high quality plants to the landscape and commercial industries. Some of their recent projects have included Ascot races, municipal gardens, new build housing and various hospitality industry outlets.

Plants Galore are the UK supplier for Marconi Nurseries, sustainable growers of the finest Mediterranean plants for the European market. See on stand E47-48.


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Direct Purchasing from China 

China Direct UK is a newly formed joint venture which will facilitate the direct purchasing from Chinese manufacturers. The company has been jointly formed 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’.

Extended Plant Range Boosts Sales by 20%

A mixture of high quality plant material and improved logistics have brought Innocenti Mangoni Piante a 20% increase in the U.K. This is in comparison to the same period in 2018.

Their extensive choice of plant material will be exhibited at Four Oaks Show, where Innocenti & Mangoni will be making their debut. (Sept 3/4).

23 Novelties to Present!

Groen-Direkt will hold its Autumn Fair next week.Their range of late summer and autumn plant material is unique to Europe. This outstanding fair attracts a high % from outside the Netherlands, from other European countries and those even further afield.

The plants will be presented at the Autumn Fair, from 21 until 23 August. Fair visitors will also be invited to vote for their favourite novelty.

New & Exclusive Lavender

Sold exclusively by Hishtil, the Lavandula angustifolia 'BeeZee'™ series has now been introduced. Hishtil are one of the major growers in Israel whom Marketing Sales & Logistics company Solgrow act for in the U.K.

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Enjoy this Begonia Dream!

At Four Oaks 2019, Beekenkamp will introduce the newest Dreams family member. Dreams Garden MacaRose is a beautiful vigorous outdoor begonia with a fresh pink colour and a sparkling yellow heart.

Theme for Plantarium

Anthony Tesselaar have a personal philosophy with one simple aim – to bring exceptional plants to market that provide sustainability. Their theme for Plantarium this month is quite simply to enhance this message for 2020 and beyond.

They will be previewing some new plant programmes, currently in development. See their 'Blaze of Colour' on stand 208 from August 21-23 in Boskoop.

New Introductions at Florall

Helleborus Specialists Het Wilgenbroek will introduce new varieties at Florall in Belgium this month (Aug 20). There are many new colours from the Viv-Collection, and also two new interspecific selections that will flower before Christmas.

Helleborus Viv 'Victoria'

New 'Flormart' Partnership Confirmed

The GEO S.P.A. and the public entities (Chamber of Commerce and the City of Padova) have now reached an agreement to join as co-owners of the Flormart Trade Fair (Sept 26-28).

ANVE stand at Flormart 2018

In addition, a partnership agreement with ANVE (the Italian National Association of Nursery-stock exporters) has also been confirmed. ANVE will not only be present at the exhibition, but it will also collaborate in the organisation of a conference on the new plant health regulations.

Crop Innovations and Regulations

The crop protection community will come together in Barcelona, this autumn.

Jump into the world of Synthetic and Biocontrol Crop Protection with updates from the European Commission, Member States, EFSA and leading Industry Case Studies.

Flowers and Plants Bring People Together!

Plans are well underway for Floraliën 2020. Held in Ghent, Belgium, from May 1st - 10th, you will see 1.5 ha of indoor garden and more than 500,000 flowers and plants.

Outstanding Plants from Caporalplant!

Right now, these include punica granatum bowl 60, ficus carica and much more!

Email : [email protected] for further details on their best quality green and flowering plants and special offers!

70th Edition of Flormart!

The 70th edition of Flormart, (the International Exhibition of Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Green Infrastructures) will be held in Padova from September 26th-28th, 2019. This year, there will be a 3 day seminar/workshop /conference programme to address the World of Medicinal Plants.

High 5's for Genesis!

Genesis Plant Marketing enjoyed 5 awards from their managed product portfolio at the HTA show in June.

In the Herbaceous Perennial category Salvia gregii ‘Cherry Lips’ and ‘Amethyst Lips’ and Dryopteris ‘Jurassic Gold’, all entered by Seiont Nurseries were awarded Bronze.

'Wiltil' Golden Sunset

Pittosporum Bannow Bay enter by Hillier achieved a Silver and to complete the set, a Gold and Best in the Tree Category went to the Tilla x europaea ‘Wiltil’ 'Golden Sunset' (above) entered by Frank P. Matthews.

Eco-friendliness is the Theme

Desch Plantpak continue to expand their 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. Desch Plantpak made their debut at the HTA National Plant Show in June.

Schneider Presented Petchoa 'BeautiCal'

At the 2019 Flower Trials in Holland, Schneider youngplants showcased Petchoa 'BeautiCal'. This is an intergeneric hybrid from Sakata Ornamentals which combines the best of Petunia’s and Calibrachoa’s.

Petchoa BeautiCal has a mounding habit, is very weather resistant & recovers from rain much faster than standard Petunias. 

New Webshop for Provender Nurseries

Garden Connect have recently upgraded the webshop of Plant Wholesaler Provender  Nurseries.  

Garden Connect have built this new webshop in order for trade customers to place orders. This webshop is integrated with the TopSys-IT ERP system.

City Gardening is Trending at Spoga+gafa 2019

The entire world of the garden: International trade visitors from all over the world can look forward to this and much more at Spoga+gafa in Cologne from 1 to 3 September 2019!.

Gardening in the Urban Environment is enjoying rapid growth and intensity.

Naivasha Hortifair 2019

This event is the largest Horticultural Fair in Africa and has consistently grown over the years. Industry stakeholders are aware of the fair and communication to them is already on-going.

This year, the Naivasha Hortifair will be held from the 20th - 21st of September 2019. This Fair is now in its 17th year and attracts an audience from across both the Continent and Europe.

Belgium's 'Green Ark' Set for Expo 2020!

October 22nd 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.

American Good Design Award

The Urbalive Worm Farm is a container designed for the domestic composting of kitchen waste using earthworms. Leading Czech Architect and Designer Professor Jiří Pelcl developed this for Czech based manufacturer Plastia.

Following the Red Dot award that the Urbalive Vermicomposter received in 2017, it has now landed the American Good Design Award. See at Glee 2019!