Spotlight on Four Oaks : Edition 49!

In the coming months, 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.

7000 Container Trees

Covering a total area of 130 acres, J. A. Jones specialise in field grown trees ranging in size from transplants to multi-stems and semi-mature trees. In addition to this, the nursery also grows over 7000 container trees and air-pot trees in peat-free compost for planting outside the traditional planting season.

100+ Varieties of Plumeria in Production

Messina based Italian grower Oro Verde will show some of their 100+ varieties of Plumeria. This is a tropical plant, famous for its coloured and perfumed flowers. It's a succulent shrub with pulpy trunk at first, becoming woody with the passing of time. It's at home both as an indoor or outdoor plant.

'Floral Fanfare'

Whetman Plants International will be launching 3 new Alpine Pinks and Buddleja lindleyana ‘Floral Fanfare’ this year. This is a stunning new generation of single flowered, scented, hardy dianthus. Buddleja lindleyana ‘Floral fanfare’ is a stunning double violet flowered sterile form of this popular garden landscape plant. This flowers from mid July-October.

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Expression, Glamour & Togetherness 

Danziger were the Official Flower Sponsor at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The final took place in Tel Aviv on Saturday May 18th with the Netherlands winning on the night. 

“As one of the world’s biggest celebrations of creative expression, glamour and togetherness, we have much in common with the spirit of Eurovision", said Ori Danziger, Deputy CEO of Danziger. They provided bouquets, table decorations and a host of other floral creations.

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.

Hishtil set for Flower Trials

Hishtil are a world leader of seedlings and young plants of herbs, ornamentals and vegetables. Hishtil have established a global nurseries network with a yearly production that totals well over one billion young plants.

See the new Gaura ‘Summer Star' ℗ at the MNP Flowers location (Aalsmeer region) during the Flower Trials next month.

70th Edition of Flormart!

The 70th edition of Flormart, (the International Exhibition of Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Green Infrastructures) will be held in Padua from September 26th-28th, 2019.

The organisers are offering exhibitors the incentive of participation discounts with a closing date of May 31st 2019. Contact here to discover the various options!

European Promotion for Syzygium australe Etna Fire® 

Plantipp and Piante Faro have reached an agreement to collaborate in the promotion of the Syzygium australe Etna Fire (‘Crysyred’PBR) EU 49179 to the European market.

The Syzygium australe Etna Fire is a great Mediterranean bush made interesting for its glossy, dark red foliage colour. Etna Fire is a perfect plant for evergreen hedges in Mediterranean countries. 

A Must-See in Week 24!

During Week 24 (11th to 14th June), 62 breeding companies in the Westland and Aalsmeer areas (The Netherlands) and Rheinland Westfalen area (Germany) will open their doors.

The annual Flower Trials is held at 31 separate locations to show the latest assortment in pot and bedding plants to growers, exporters and buyers from across the world.

Pictured above is Sakata’s FlowerTrials location in Honselersdijk.

'Productive Gardens' is the Theme

The Radicepura Garden Festival in Sicily opened last month (April 27th) and continues to October 27th. The theme of the 2019 edition is 'Productive Gardens'.

Inside the park you can visit 14 gardens and 4 installations, in addition to the Mediterranean Diet Garden. The festival includes the most original plants cultivated by Piante Faro Nursery. 

There are 800 species and over 5,000 varieties, thanks to the activity carried out for over 50 years by leading Sicilian nursery, Piante Faro

Schneider to Showcase Petchoa 'BeautiCal'

At the 2019 Flower Trials in Holland, Schneider youngplants will showcase 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. 

Groen-Direkt Weekly Fairs 

The weekly series of Groen-Direkt plant fairs continue in Hazerswoude-Dorp, Holland. Held each Tuesday, this provides a complete survey of what plant material is available for the spring season and beyond.

The event will host its Autumn Fair from August 21-23

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.

'Autonomous Technology' is the Chosen Theme

GreenTech will open its doors for the fourth time at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre from 11th - 13th June. The theme of the 2019 Summit will be ‘Autonomous Technology' – a formula to accelerate business, professional horticulture 'beyond the green thumb’.

Book now for Inaugural Biopesticide Summit

Bionema Limited and Swansea University will 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.

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.

A Modern Wonder of the Gardening World 

The Plant Pyramid returns to the Floral Marquee at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in June, with four new satellite pyramids. The Pyramids will play host to a monumental display of up to four thousand plants, all new introductions for either 2018 or 2019.

Blooming Times for Maryam Flora!

London based Maryam Flora supply some of the most popular flowers including Tuberose, Anthurium Rose and Alstroemeria. They report a major growth surge in less than a year of trading in the U.K. They are again set to exhibit at the Kent Flower Show from May 25-27.

Maryam Flora have the potential to export from Iran, up to 50,000 stems of Tuberose, 30,000 stems of Anthurium and 10,000 stems of Alstroemeria per month, with guaranteed freshness, delivered to your chosen location within the UK. They will again exhibit at the Kent Garden Show in May. 

Green City Principles

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) will demonstrate and promote Green City principles through an AIPH garden at ‘Expo 2019 Beijing’. (This is now open until October 7th).

The garden, entitled “The Rewilding Garden”, has been designed for the AIPH approved world horticultural event by UK and Singapore based Landscape Architects Grant Associates. 

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.