Massive Growth in Plant Sales!

Positive Year of Change

Bernhard’s Nurseries report on an extremely positive year of change. General Manager John Marsden says ‘We have enjoyed a massive growth in plant sales during 2018 and look forward to more success in 2019’.

This Rugby based wholesale grower, have expanded their range and team with Lewis Normand heading up the Southern sales region. The company produced hundreds of thousands of show quality plants for over 20 show gardens in 2018, including the Paul Hervey-Brookes’ Gold medal winning RHS Chelsea garden.

Futurescape 2018

Bernhards Nurseries will be exhibiting at the Futurescape show on the 20th of November, and will be happy to discuss your requirements. See them on stand number 181 (Esher Hall).


'Free to Access' News!

Welcome to this exciting news platform for the Professional Plant sector. Having just celebrated our 5th Anniversary, we are regarded as THE trade website for all the latest news from Growers, Nurseries, Breeders and trade events around the globe (plus product manufacturers). Our news is FREE to access! The Garden Retail and Book Review pages have enhanced the coverage we offer and have contributed to a significant rise in 'page views'.

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From the Potting Shed....

Flormart Confirms Date for 2019

The organisers of Flormart, held in Padua, Italy have confirmed their dates for 2019. These are September 26-28th which is one week later than 2018. A wise move given the growing number of trade events during this month.

The following week is GrootGroenPlus in Zundert so the choice is simple: Spend the weekend in Venice or Amsterdam?

Vimy Oaks Legacy...101 Years On...

Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy in 1917 became a reality last week (November 9). 300 Oaks Trees were planted on different memorial sites in the area of Vimy, North of Paris, including the plantation of a new centennial park. 

The contract to grow these Oak Trees has been completed by L’Orme Montferrat nursery, a member of the export group Les Pepinieres de France. They were chosen for this task because of both their specialisation in trees and shrubs, and close proximity to the site.

Nemesia Sundae Lavender Sherbet

This is part of a new range of a fragrant, British bred bi-colour Nemesia. Look out for this series in the Ball Colegrave Spring Additions catalogue. Other colours and ranges will follow in the UK and across Europe in 2019.

2019 Summer Showcase Dates Confirmed

Banbury based Ball Colegrave have confirmed that their 2019 Summer Showcase will be held from 15 July – 2 August 2019. Pencil the date in your diary. This is an event certainly not to be missed!

Authentic Festival of Plants, Flowers and Landscape

The fifth edition of Myplant & Garden (February 20-22, 2019) will be an authentic festival of plants, flowers and landscape.

45,000 sqm in the halls of Fiera Milano-Rho will transform into a huge greenhouse. In this, urban forests, colourful lawns, flower-fashion runways and advanced robotics placed within green-living ambiances will host visitors from all over the world. 

Sneak Preview!

Plantipp's Peter van Rijssen shares a sneak preview of the 2019 Perennial Plugs and Liners Catalogue from the Newey Group. This features Sedum SunSparkler® Lime Twister from breeder Chris Hansen. Contact

Compendium of Bedding Plant Diseases and Pests

APS PRESS, the publishing arm of The American Phytopathological Society, have announced a new book: Compendium of Bedding Plant Diseases and Pests, by A. R. Chase, Margery L. Daughtrey, and Raymond A. Cloyd.

Show Your Colours Award IPM 2019

With less than three months to IPM Essen 2019, the annual 'Show Your Colours' Award has been announced.

All IPM exhibitors with woody plants and perennials can submit plants or plant concepts for this award. The Award is organised by Messe Essen, in co-operation with BIZZ Communications.

Garden Trials Sequel Confirmed

The successful first edition of Garden Trials and Trade will have a sequel in 2019. At this event in Boskoop (11 to 13 June), the focus will be on new ranges from the tree nursery sector.

AIPH/COA Community Garden Opens in Style

The AIPH/COA Community Garden at the 2018 Taichung World Expo opened in style with a style on 2nd November. AIPH President, Mr Bernard Oosterom gave a speech to launch the event.

The 2018 Taichung World Flora Expo runs for six months (3rd November 2018 – 24th April 2019) and expects to host over eight million visitors from around the world. For further information visit 

Rhipsalis Chosen as Houseplant for November

The Rhipsalis plant is actually a cactus, but without the spikes. This houseplant is a fast grower that hangs down in long messy tendrils or grows upwards in a bushy form. It has been chosen by Flower Council Holland as its Houseplant for November. This is an on-going initiative to promote the benefits of houseplants across the retail plant sector.  

Flowers & Plants Yearbook

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), in association with Union Fleurs – the International Flower Trade Association, has released the 2018 edition of the International Statistics - Flowers and Plants Yearbook.

This latest volume contains the current available data on the global production and trade of ornamental plants and flowers.


Box Office Open for Floralies 2019!

After a five year wait, the Floralies 2019 box office is now open. This is available both for groups (+20 people) and individuals who wish to get tickets to attend the 12th International edition in Nantes during May 2019.

Ground Cover Solutions

Trends in landscaping are moving more and more to low maintenance designs. However in many circumstances this has resulted in paving over green areas! 

Covergreen exhibited at GrootGroenPlus and provide a roll-on ground cover that is quick and easy to install. It also delivers on the requirements for low maintenance, attractive greenery, and permeability. (More to follow on news pages.)

'Green Cities for a Sustainable Europe'

A new website ‘Green Cities for a sustainable Europe’ was launched last month. is an initiative of the ENA (European Nurserystock Association). This is in collaboration with branch organisations from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

'Purchasing in the South' Fairs confirmed for 2019

This year saw the January launch of a combined series of Plant Fairs in the South of Holland. The dates for next January are confirmed as 16th - 22nd January and a new logo has been created to support this promotion for 2019. These are an extension to the annual GrootGroenPlus trade fair held this month in Zundert.

Which Trees Should We Plant?  

The 2018 edition of GrootGroenPlus took place last month. This annual Tree Fair for the Zundert region continues to gain in stature. It continued the dialogue from Flormart on the subject of the Green City programme and how, as an industry, to address climate change.

A major aspect of this challenge is 'Who is advising the nursery trade as to which trees to plant in response to climate change?' 

Latest Ranges for 2019 

The Earley Ornamentals 2019 catalogue features their latest bedding, basket and patio ranges. Their 2019 Perennial catalogue shows their expanded range. Both are packed with products that have been selected to help you stay ahead!

T​uscan Giant at Flormart!

Over 500 hectares of land serve Giorgio Tesi Group, one of the Tuscan giants of ornamental nursery.  They exhibited at Four Oaks Trade event this year and followed this with a major presence at Flormart in Padova (pictured).

Giorgio Tesi produces many species and varieties of plants for both the European and other global markets. These range from young plants to large specimens. Next stop is IPM Essen in January 2019.