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Dahlia Dalina Maxi Starburst Pink wins FleuroStar Award 2024-25

During Fleuroselect 2024, the FleuroStar Award 24-25 was awarded to Florensis' Dahlia Dalina Maxi Starburst Pink. The jury stated, "Dalina Maxi Starburst Pink is a unique Dahlia with striking flower shape, attractive colour and high take-home appeal".

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Switzerland, a country of specialists

As diverse as the landscapes of the country with the white cross on a red background, its nurseries stand out for their ability to adapt to the needs of landscapers, local authorities, and amateur gardeners, from the south of the country to the mountains of Graubünden. All production is destined for the domestic market, except for the Meylan et Cie nursery, a regular exhibitor at Groot Groen Plus, which exports its conifer grafts and specialities to Europe.

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Versailles opts for Betterbuxus®

The famous Versailles castle gardens have chosen Betterbuxus® for the renovation of the large boxwood broderie. Planting work has just started and it will be a big job to get everything planted before the start of the Paris Olympics. The low hybrid Betterbuxus® Renaissance, which is perfect for low hedges, was chosen for this renovation.

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Kolster BV celebrates 80th anniversary

Well-known grower and breeder of cut shrubs Kolster BV from Bokoop is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The team of 25 employees recently celebrated with a walking dinner in Boskoop. During the FlowerTrials, it is the turn of relations and visitors to celebrate the anniversary with them. Treats, bubbles and a limited edition Sportcap will be on hand from 11-14 June.

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Prunus ‘Starlight’®, winner of the RHS Plant of the Year 2024 Award

The award celebrates new plants launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and helps to bring these wonderful introductions to UK gardeners. Information and images of plants submitted by exhibitors were considered by RHS Garden Curators and over 180 experts from RHS Plant Committees and Trials Forums, taking into account the breeding journey, innovative or improved characteristics and likely public appeal.

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Trade magazine Linea Verde 50 Years

Italian trade magazine for ornamental horticulture and landscaping Linea Verde is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To commemorate this happy event, editor-in-chief Renato Ferretti and Siliva Vige were presented with a certificate on 17 May during the Coliono Fiore gardening event.

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Plantipp sends 10 entries to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

After several successful years including wins for Semponium Destiny (2022) and Agapanthus BlackJack (2023) as Plant of the Year, Plantipp again has 10 entries ready for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. These entries are presented by Hayloft, T&M, Hillier and Kernock Park Plants.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.,