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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Prestigious Awards and Medals

Two Danish garden roses were recently honoured with both medals and honorary awards at the 67th International Rosenneuheiten-Wettbewerb 2019 in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Rosa Eskelund, from Roses Forever, who bred the roses says: “I am very happy and also pleasantly surprised that both roses won acknowledgment. This is truly a proof of the roses’ quality. (More to follow on news pages).

High 5's for Genesis!

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

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.

Agapanthus Fireworks Wins Again!

At the 10th HTA National Plant Show last week, Agapanthus Fireworks ('AMB001') was declared the winner by the RHS in the election of the 'New Plant Award'.

Agapanthus Fireworks was entered for the competition by Fairweather’s Nursery and is bred by De Wet Plant Breeders from South Africa and represented by Plantipp BV.

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 this week (June 18/19).

Clematis 'ST17333’ (Multi Pink) Wins Best Novelty 

At the Garden Trials & Trade event this month, Boskoop based Van der Starre landed Best Novelty!

Their Clematis 'ST17333’ (Multi Pink) has a unique combination of flower shape and colour in the popular Clematis genus.

Regardless of 'Brexit'....

Under the umbrella of the CHA, a British Group exhibited at GreenTech this month. Held at the RAI in Amsterdam, companies exhibiting included Agralan and Solufeed.​

Focus on Medicinal Cannabis
Globally, cannabis production is rapidly increasing as many countries are now legalizing the use of medicinal products derived from cannabis. This is why Biobest were present at GreenTech 2019, with a focus on medicinal cannabis.

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. 

'Autonomous Technology' was the Chosen Theme

GreenTech opened its doors for the fourth time at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre this month. The theme of the 2019 Summit was ‘Autonomous Technology' – a formula to accelerate business, professional horticulture 'beyond the green thumb’.

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.

Sedum Atlantis® Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019

Sedum takesimense Atlantis ('Nonsitnal') was crowned Chelsea 'Plant of the Year 2019' recently. This winner gives colour to the garden with the yellow variegated foliage. Atlantis is easy to maintain, good for biodiversity and becomes about 45 cm high.

This year, 12 Plantipp-novelties were introduced at Chelsea. There were as many as seven of these novelties included in the shortlist for the contest "Plant of the Year 2019". All introductions from Plantipp are protected by European Plant Breeders’ Rights.

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.

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.

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. 

Groen-Direkt Weekly Fairs 

The weekly series of Groen-Direkt plant fairs continue in Hazerswoude-Dorp, Holland. Held each Tuesday during June, this provides a complete survey of what plant material is available.

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.

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.

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. 

Maryam Flora have the potential to import 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.