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HortiFootprint Calculator fully FloriPEFCR-compliant summer 2024

Interest in the HortiFootprint Calculator continues to grow. We are therefore pleased to announce that by the third quarter of 2024, the HortiFootprint Calculator will be fully FloriPEFCR-compliant. The FloriPEFCR model is now ready and will start making accurate calculations using customer data. In the coming weeks, the model will be implemented in xhe own MPS environment. The HortiFootprint Calculator is an innovative software tool that measures the carbon footprint of horticultural production and helps growers make more sustainable choices.

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Anniversary Exhibition Keukenhof Turns 75

Keukenhof Flower Exhibition is holding a special anniversary exhibition to celebrate this famous flower park’s founding 75 years ago. The exhibition Keukenhof Turns 75 brings stories from the past to life with memorabilia, nostalgic items and video fragments. Visitors can learn what goes on behind the scenes at Keukenhof, from 1949 to the present day, and see what’s in store for the future.

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EUROFLORA 2025, BACK TO THE FUTURE

Euroflora: 58 years and counting (the first edition was held in 1966)! Euroflora is the only Italian plant and flower show among those recognised in Europe by AIPH – International Association of Horticultural Producers - in the category International Horticutural Show 2025. From 24 April to 4 May 2025, Genoa will once more be pervaded by its magic, says the organising Porto Antico di Genova Spa.

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MPS supports new direction of Royal FloraHolland: on the path to 100% certified ornamental horticulture

On 28 March, Royal FloraHolland announced that from 1 January 2026 the majority of members and suppliers of Royal FloraHolland will be certified in accordance with the requirements of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI basket of standards), working towards being fully FSI compliant in 2027. MPS supports this initiative as a key step in making the ornamental horticulture industry more sustainable.

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Spring Fair Aalsmeer 10 en 11 April

On 10 and 11 April 2024, Royal FloraHolland is organising the Spring Fair in Aalsmeer. The Spring Fair Aalsmeer is the trade fair of spring! Suppliers will present a diverse top assortment of garden plants and this year's trends. For buyers, it is the place to place orders for spring and summer. You are therefore cordially invited to attend.

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Keukenhof Concert, a journey through 75 years of music Wednesday 8 May

Celebrate Keukenhof’s 75th anniversary with us and go on a journey through 75 years of music with the Metropole Orkest jazz and pop orchestra. On the evening of Wednesday 8 May, the day before Ascension Day, the historical Keukenhof Estate and its thousands of tulips will provide an enchanting setting for a unique anniversary concert.

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Yuverta Digital Nomad: "We follow education everywhere

That following education can also be done differently, the Yuverta Digital Nomads prove during their third edi-tion. 25 Yuverta mbo students travelled through several European countries from 26 February to 28 March 2024 with the aim of showing that learning can be done anywhere. The students discovered a way of learning that gives you much more than just knowledge.

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Royal FloraHolland, after one-off major loss of 17 million euros, expects black figures in 2024

The year 2023 was difficult and unpredictable for many growers. Volume was 3.2% lower than in 2022. The average price, at 2.2%, was slightly higher than in 2022, but well below the inflation faced by the whole sector. Margins were under pressure throughout the floriculture chain. Royal FloraHolland's operating profit, after tax, was a loss of 17 million euros. At the same time, this was the year with many successfully implemented milestones and historic cooperative changes. This made 2023 a year with two faces.

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Dynapods provides energy optimisation at Oostvogels Nursery

The energy transition is in full swing and more and more companies are opting to install solar panels. 'However, the disadvantage of solar panels is that they are switched off by the grid operator when the grid is in danger of being overloaded,' is the experience of nurseryman Luchiard Oostvogels in Achtmaal. 'That's why we recently invested in a new battery storage system and associated software from Dynapods. As a result, we now have our own power plant on our nursery.'

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Celebration marking the end of the planting season a great success

Stichting de Nationale Boomfeestdag celebrated the closure of the planting season on Wednesday 20 March 2024. In Zundert, a festive event was organized, which turned out to be a resounding success. A total of 154 children planted over 4,000 trees and plants at the Business Centre Treeport location, both in the seed orchard and in the area surrounding windmill E4.

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FRENCH ARBORICULTURE SECTOR MOVES MORE ABROAD

Production in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark has always far outstripped domestic demand, and these countries have long been forced to find outlets outside their own markets. This is why producers in northern European countries have for decades established effective commercial and logistical links with neighbouring countries. but French tree growers are now turning their attention somewhat abroad, writes our French correspondent Brand Wagenaar.

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Preparations of Nationale Boomfeestdag in full swing

Preparations for the Nationale Boomfeestdag (National Tree Day) are in full swing. On Wednesday 20 March, 154 children will arrive by coach at the Business Centre Treeport to plant more than 2,000 plants and trees. Part of the planting will be done beneath the wind turbine, and on top of that there will be an additional 2,000 square meters in the seed orchard using indigenous materials.

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València celebrates its title of European Green Capital 2024 in style

In this article, we pay attention to greenery in the city. And our correspondent for Spain and Portugal, Chris Vos looked at Valencia before that. The European Green Capital award, presented by the European Commission, recognises a city's efforts to improve the environment and quality of life for its citizens and visitors. It takes into account factors such as the many green spaces and sustainable mobility initiatives a city's residents can enjoy.

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Numerous novelties at well-attended Florall spring fair

At the spring edition of Florall, which took place at Waregem Expo on 5 March, 67 producers and 13 supply and export companies presented their spring offerings. This consisted of a fairly complete range of green and flowering indoor plants, in addition to all kinds of visually attractive plants with applications in the garden, on the terrace or in the living room.

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Nature restoration regulation: hefty task; long-term gains

A strengthening and broadening of current policy is needed to meet the objectives of the European Nature Restoration Regulation. This is the conclusion of a so-called impact assessment, an external independent advice in preparation for the implementation of the regulation. This is in line with what many other reports already showed, namely that major steps are still needed in the Netherlands in the areas of nature, nitrogen, water and climate, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture reports.

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MPS and Fairtrade sign co-operation agreement

Last edition of the IPM Essen in January, MPS and Fairtrade signed a cooperation agreement. The cooperation is aimed at better understanding the climate impact and other environmental performance of floriculture growers participating in both MPS-ABC and Fairtrade. It further explores how it can become easier to obtain both Fairtrade and MPS certificates.

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More participants and more visitors at MyPlant&Garden2024

With more participants, more visitors and an increase in foreign buyer delegations and more exhibition space, the organisers of MyPlant&Garden 2024 look back with satisfaction on a successful trade fair for ornamental horticulture. The fair was held from 21-23 February at the RHO exhibition complex in Milan

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Italian nursery stock organisations sign historic agreement for joint European approach at MyPlant&Garden

On 22 February, the Associazione Nazionale Vivaisti Esportatori and the Associazione Vivaisti Italiani at Myplant & Garden signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly promote the development and appreciation of Italian and European nurseries.

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Optimistic mood at Myplant&Garden 2024

The main italian floriculture trade fair MyPlant&Garden, held in Milan from 21-23 February, has got off to a good start. The first two days have already greeted mer bexoeker than last year and there is generally a positive mood among the participants

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Tree planting campaign in Frankfurt city forest: 'Mother Earth is our religion'

400 people plant new trees in the Frankfurt city forest near Zepplinheim. For a healthy urban forest and to combat the effects of climate change.

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The Countdown to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is Now On!

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) returns to celebrate the vibrant world of horticulture this year. The show will run from Wednesday 20 March and Sunday 24 March. For 2024's event, NGIV will unveil several exciting activations highlighting the diverse landscape of our dynamic industry.

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Florall wordt alweer 30 jaar

The Belgian trade fair for ornamental plants and nursery stock is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the spring edition of the Flemish Florall will be held on 5 March from 9am-6pm at the Expo in Waregem.

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All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau announce organizational merger

National Garden Bureau (NGB) and All-America Selections (AAS) have merged the two nonprofit organizations into one, with NGB the parent organization and AAS the plant trialing program under NGB.

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ENVIRONMENT TAKES THE LEAD IN DEVELOPMENTS IN NURSERY STOCK TECHNOLOGY

Technology is rapidly advancing in the nursery stock industry, with the environment playing a crucial role. This includes aspects like energy generation, specialised machinery, and research into spraying techniques with a strong emphasis on reducing emissions. For this article we checked out several new innovations and asked participants of trade fair GrootGroenPlus about their vision and commitment to the development of new nursery technologies. Innovation in wind energy.

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Marco van der Sar new chairman of MPS board

On 1 April 2024 the MPS board welcomes Marco van der Sar as new chairman. With the experience he gained while working for various organisations in the green sector, he is no stranger to the industry.

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WOODLAND AND HEDGE PLANTS: AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE DUTCH NURSERY STOCK INDUSTRY

The cultivation of woodland and hedge plants in the Zundert region has a tradition dating back to the 19th century. This group includes one to three-year-old, mostly native shrubs and trees such as hawthorn, spindle, hazel, dogwood species, guelder rose, oaks, alders, as well as conifers like Scots pine and Douglas fir used for planting forests, hedgerows, or woodlands. It is a crucial crop group for the nursery stock industry.,

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Wet winters and dry summers

2023 was undoubtedly a year of weather extremes. Until September we had a precipitation deficit of 120 millimetres, and then we ended the year with a precipitation record of more than 1,100 millimetres. It was the year of a super El Niño, and the fall of 2023 was extremely wet.

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YEAR-ROUND IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH GROOTGROENPLUS 2024

A new year also means a lot of fresh ideas for a new edition of the GrootGroenPlus trade fair, the relationship fair for the nursery stock industry, that is traditionally organised in the fall. On 2-4 October 2024, the BCT terrain in Zundert will transform into an epicentre of green innovation and inspiration. And even though it’s not October yet, the PR machine is already running at full speed. This is all due to this year’s theme: In The Picture. More than ever before, this year we will focus on showcasing all participants and the industry as a whole.

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ARE TREES TRULY INDISPENSABLE?

Trees are indispensable. We hear it regularly. And while it will undoubtedly be challenging to find someone who doesn’t love trees, it’s certainly interesting to take a closer look at what trees really yield, beyond providing a pleasant view. In this Nursery Gazette, we explore the (in)dispensability of trees, not limiting ourselves to sentiment but also delving into hard numbers.

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Unlocking the Potential: Challenges Faced by Greek Nurseries in Europe market

Greece has always had a tradition of growing and producing a wide range of plants (trees, ornamental plants, etc.). Weather conditions are favourable for plant growth, both outdoors and in a greenhouse. Let us take a look at the current 'state of the art' in the Greek nursery industry

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KVBC Awards for 4 new plants

Four KVBC Awards were presented at the KVBC General Members' Meeting on 6 February. These were three new cultivars of Aster ageratoides and one new cultivar of Hydrangea paniculata, which were awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze KVBC Award after field inspection in 2023.

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Production value of nursery stock in Italy up almost 5%

How is the italian nursery stock sector currently doing. Italy is not only a leading ornamental plantation country but also an important trading partner. According to the ISTAT report included in the dossier for the 'Legge sul Florovivaismo' (Law on Ornamental Horticulture) to be approved by the Italian Parliament in the near future, the production value of the ornamental horticulture sector in Italy reached €2.8 billion in 2021, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year, and represents 4.6% of the production of Italian agriculture.

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Climate-resilient plants took center stage at IPM ESSEN 2024

The 40th edition of IPM Essen 2024 was attended by over 36,000 (over 40,000 in 2023) trade visitors from 23 to 26 January 2024. The number of participants was 1403 exhibiting companies, over 70 higher than last year, from 43 countries. A nationwide railway strike unfortunately fell in the middle of the exhibition period. This, IPM reports, certainly affected the number of visitors, many German trade visitors keen to come to Essen by this means of transport.

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Greenwood Plants wins AIPH International Grower of the Year Award

Greenwood Plants from Yapton, Arundel, UKw on three awards, including overall ‘International Grower of the Year’ at the annual AIPH awards, held at IPM Essen, Germany on 24th January 2024. The sustainable nursery was entered into the international award following its HTA ‘Peat-free Grower of the Year 2023’ win back in October. Greenwood was shortlisted for the prestigious AIPH awards alongside nine other global commercial growers, from countries such as China, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

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Myplant approaches, with 50,000 square metres dedicated to greenery.

From 21 to 23 February, Myplant, Italy's largest ornamental plant trade fair, will transform 4 halls of Fiera Milano-Rho into a 50,000-square-metre mega-garden. "Green, sustainable and smart: this is the future we are outlining for companies, the sector and the country," explains Myplant & Garden, which is entering its eighth edition.

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Already many applications for GrootGroenPus 2024

From 02/10 to 04/10, around 260 participants welcome you to the 34th International tree nursery trade fair GrootGroenPlus in Zundert, which will again be organised at the Business Centre Treeport in Zundert.

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IPM ESSEN donates over 1,000 trees to its exhibitors for anniversary

For the 40th edition of IPM ESSEN, the Essen Trade Fair has come up with something special for exhibitors at the world's leading horticultural trade fair: Each booth received a voucher for tree planting on the first day of the fair. The codes can be redeemed online on the Treedom web platform, which collaborates with small farmers in Africa, Central and South America, as well as South Asia.

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Pyracantha coccinea ‘Orange Star’ wins IPM Novelty Award 2024

Two new introductions represented by Plantipp were awarded Best Plant at IPM Essen 2024: Pyracantha coccinea 'Orange Star' PBR, the world’s first thorn-free Pyracantha, and Mangave Mad about Mangave 'Praying Hands' PBR, the latest addition to the Mad about Mangave series.

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Climbing rose Rosa Hybrid Plant’n’Relax from Roses Forever wins Show Your Colours Award 2024

Climbing rose Rosa Hybrid Plant’n’Relax from Roses Forever became the winner of the Show Your Colors Award at IPM 2024. Second place was awarded to the cherry tomato Pick-&-Joy from Vreugdenhil Young Plants in the Netherlands. The 3rd place went to Baily Nurseries International for the Hydrangea macrophylla ’Bailmacseven’.

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MPS and Certifeye make growers’ sustainability efforts more visible

Over the past few months, a lot of work has gone into creating a link between MPS and Certifeye. With both organisations in attendance at IPM Essen 2024, this was a good opportunity to confirm the cooperation on MPS’s stand.

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Ornamental plant market shrinks - German production tends to remain stable

The overall market for flowers and ornamental plants in Germany shrank again in 2023, by just under 4% to around 8.6 billion euros (at retail prices). This is just below the pre-coronavirus level. According to estimates by Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH (AMI), almost all market segments recorded declines compared to the previous year 2022.

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Local celebration Nationale Boomfeestdag is approaching

It's almost time for the local celebration of Nationale Boomfeestdag, which is scheduled for the closure of the Boomfeestdag Planting Season on 20 March 2024. On this day, the planting of the seed orchard will be completed.

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NL Plants places Wernhout prominently on the map

A jubilant mood prevails in Wernhout and the surrounding area, as the renowned tree nursery Lodders has opened the doors of the state-of-the-art trading company NL Plants. This gives the company a very prominent position in the essential tree nursery region.

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16 nations present typical plants and technoloy at IPM Essen

As the world's leading trade fair for horticulture, IPM ESSEN will offer its visitors a comprehensive overview of innovations and market trends from January 23 to 26, 2024. The international joint stands play a special role here. And ss an international meeting place for the green sector, IPM ESSEN 2024 will show its trade visitors which trends and products will be particularly strong sellers.

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Highest point Rootz celebrated

In January 2024, a new milestone was reached in the construction of the new tree nursery innovation and knowledge centre, Rootz, located at Business Centre Treeport (BCT) in Zundert. Construction started in October 2023 started and the highest point was already reached in January. This was celebrated on 16 January 2024.

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Polish joint booth at IPM Essen 2024

At the IPM Essen, which brings together representatives of the horticultural industry from around the world, Poland will be present as usual. Among the exhibitors from the country, a joint booth under the auspices of the Polish Nurserymen Association and the Agencja Promocji Zieleni (Greenery Promotion Agency) will stand out.

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IN PARMA THE FIRST GREEN AGORA OF GREEN ITALY IN 2024

"Green Agora" by GREEN ITALY, the usual seminar and networking format on the topics of green and natural landscape, organised by Fiere di Parma as part of the Flormart 2024 trade fair, is kicking off again in Parma.

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Native Tree Nursery near Limavady receives £93,414 in funds over two years

Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) have been awarded the Dormant Accounts Fund of £93,414 to continue developing the native tree nursery based at HM Prison Magilligan. The initiative started in November 2022 with a one year funding by the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEARA). HMP Magilligan hosts the only tree nursery in the Northwest Region.

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MPS introduces MPS-GreenerGrown

More and more growers are substantially reducing the amount of crop protection agents they use. Those who are at the forefront of reducing their use of these products are keen to differentiate themselves. Now they can, with the new MPS add-on: MPS-GreenerGrown.

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MyPlant & Garden, 50,000 square meters of exhibition dedicated to the excellence of horticulture

Italian (ornamental)horticulture is a heritage of the “made in Italy” concept. It involves knowledge, research and products admired around the world. Italian horticulture is characterized by tradition and innovation, science and culture, passion and business, spread over 45,000 hectares of land. It's a reality that finds and showcases its best at Myplant, the trade faur which wille be held form 21-23 January in Milano.