Genesis Portfolio Expansion

Genesis Portfolio Expansion

2019 has seen significant developments in the Genesis Plant Marketing portfolio with many new product releases planned for 2020 and beyond.

The diversity of the companies worldwide network of licensees continues to develop and spans a wide range of businesses. These include uprooted cutting suppliers, young plant producers and growers building on the sound foundations built up over the past 25 years.

Cosmos ‘Black Forest’

Diverse Range of Breeders

Commercial Director Nigel Judd said, ‘Working with a wide range of independent breeders and professional nurserymen as well as keen amateurs gives Genesis an edge. In particular, in respect of access to a diverse range of innovation that you won’t see via many of the main stream breeding companies'.

2019 – Another Great Year for Perennials

Salvia ‘Amethyst Lips' (above) continues to raise the profile of the company with a series of awards during 2019. The latest award for this plant came at Salon du Vegetal in Nantes for the Best New Innovation in Perennials.

This variety also took a Bronze award at Plantarium (below)  alongside Primula Alison Holland which won the Silver Medal in the perennial section.

Cosmos Black Forest

Two of the Highlights for 2020 are Cosmos 'Black Forest' (see top picture), a Chocolate Cosmos with a white stripe available as unrooted cuttings from Cohen Nurseries and another superb experimental bicolour Salvia whose name will be released early in the New Year.


'Free to Access' News!

Welcome to the exciting news platform for the Professional Plant sector. Our 6th Anniversary is right now and we are very much regarded as THE trade website for all the latest news from Growers, Nurseries, Breeders and trade events around the globe (plus product manufacturers).

*Image reproduced by kind permission of Boweco (Belgium)

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'.

We invite the industry to submit their plant news to us on a regular basis. Email : [email protected]


Dates Confirmed for Flormart 2020

Flormart have confirmed their dates for 2020. This plant trade fair will run from September 23-25th in Padova, Italy. 

As co-owners, the GEO S.P.A. and the public entities (Chamber of Commerce and the City of Padova) are planning some exciting developments for next year.

'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!

'Thinking Outside the Pot' 

The 2020 Soft Landscape Workshop has the above theme. This will consider how we can work both together and within our own businesses towards a more sustainable, carbon neutral future. 

Pyracantha 'Orange Glow' 

Palmstead Nurseries are proud to confirm this prestigious event will be held on Wednesday 22 January 2020 at the Ashford International Hotel.

Find Inspiration at Paysalia!

At Paysalia 2019, the Inspiration Guide will outline the current trends in garden design. On the seafront or in the mountains, in the countryside or in the city.

Paysalia will be held in Lyon, from 3rd to 5th of December.

Poinsettias Bring Christmas Magic!

With Christmas 2019 in mind, Stars for Europe are ready for the Poinsettia season!

The new point of sale materials bear the slogan ‘Poinsettias Bring Christmas Magic’ and are free of charge and available to download in PDF format from

'Unending Attraction of Nature'

A quite unique 'green project' has been on show recently in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The 'Unending Attraction of Nature” has been a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann that turned the Wörthersee Football Stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria‘s largest public art installation.

Using around 300 trees, some of which weigh up to six tonnes, Landscape Architect Enzo Enea covered the entire playing field with a mixed forest characteristics of Central Europe.

Some of the plant material was sourced and specified directly from Innocenti Mangoni Piante in Pistoia, Italy.  

Big Tree Management

During the International Press Nursery tour in Holland last month, we visited Maarten Van Overbeek in Oirschot.

They utilise specialist equipment for their tree management programme, which is manfactured by Lommers Tuinbouwmachines. This leading manufacturer exhibited at GrootGroenPlus, held in Zundert.

Seiont Nurseries Boost Sales at SWGS 

Seiont Nurseries enjoyed an excellent South West Growers show. Top favourites on their stand were Hardy Ferns, Heucheras and Grasses. They have good availability of all these items right now and are shipping them far and wide over the next few weeks.

This time of year many are used for centre-points in winter baskets and tubs or are potted to 2 or 3 litre for early spring sales.

Prunus laurocerasus Zsofia (SOFIA) Lands Gold Medal!

Bens Young Plants and Breederplants VOF were awarded a Gold Medal at GrootGroenPlus 2019, for their Prunus laurocerasus Zsofia (SOFIA).

Susanne Blom from Bens Young Plants is pictured above with the Award. Bred by Gabor Nemeth, this is a brand new type of Prunus laurocerasus.

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.

Greenest City in Europe?

As part of the European Press Core in Nantes this autumn, we were privileged to see this Green City at its best!

Their annual investment of €50 Million ensures that its 'Green' profile will both remain and be enhanced in the future. 

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. 

Desch Plantpak produced an impressive new stand display at Four Oaks 2019. 

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’.

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.