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Two green-fingered CAFRE students have made it to the final of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Talented florists Eilis Quinn and Clare McAuley crafted beautiful hand-tied presentation bouquets to secure their places in the Final of the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition in May.

Read more: CAFRE duo set to blossom at Chelsea Flower Show


John Deere has introduced two cordless battery powered models to its extensive range of petrol and electric walk-behind mowers for residential customers.

Thanks to the latest Lithium-Ion battery technology, there are no cables, petrol or pollution to worry about.

Read more: NEW battery walk-behind mowers from John Deere

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Have you ever asked yourself any OR all of the following questions:

  • Just what is the primary purpose of business?
  • How can our enterprise create value beyond just making profits?
  • How can we create value that benefits all our stakeholders?

Read more: A new narrative on Business for a Better Life

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With under a week to go, Westland Horticulture and the Rising Stars Programme are getting ready to exhibit at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
A total of 3 Rising Stars will be taking part and have created a specially planted container to exhibit, which will be seen by members of the public, journalists and perhaps even royalty!

Read more: Rising Stars at Chelsea Flower Show


According to new research launched by Bord Bia today, Ireland’s next generation gardeners will be younger, more eco-aware, GYO (grow your own) advocates, with a desire for easily maintained, compact gardens.

Read more: Bloom research: Bord Bia survey shows 1.3 million of us love to garden!


Greenmount Horticulture graduate, Adam Ferguson, has secured one of only two places on the UK Team that will compete in the final of the WorldSkills Landscape Gardening Competition in Abu Dhabi in October.

Read more: Greenmounts Adam goes from Euro Gold to World Final

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With a nice international group of participants, both in the main hall as in the new growers' square, Plantarium 2017 is taking its definitive shape. On 1 June, the layout will be defined during the participants meeting. Apart from the stand holders, five Houses of Inspiration will be prominently present at the trade fair.

Read more: Plantarium 2017 Takes Shape


A new report from the Royal Horticultural Society highlights the challenges and opportunities of gardening in a changing climate.

Read more: Threat to UK gardening from Climate Change

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1. 60+ home, gift & clothing suppliers all ready and willing to do business. Glee’s dedicated Home, Gift & Clothing section has witnessed significant growth in recent years, reflective of the changing trends in garden retailing. Over 60 home, gift and clothing brands will be making their home at Glee 2017, bringing with them a wide selection of products, from seasonal gifts to garden and outdoor clothing that has found its influence from future high street and catwalk trends.

Read more: 10 Reasons Why Home & Gift Buyers Should Visit Glee 2017

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Biostimulants are substances and microorganisms applied to plants and root zones to enhance plant growth, and root zone microbial activity. Historically the diversity of biostimulant products available was limited but in recent years a plethora of new products have come to the market in response to an increase in demand and interest.

Read more: Vitalnova Blade: A Proven Biostimulant


The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), has underlined its continuing confidence in the strength of SALTEX by committing to its own dedicated area at the show, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 1 and 2 November 2017.

Read more: The BALI Zone comes to SALTEX 2017


Trade show GrootGroenPlus will stay at its current location in Zundert (NL) from 2018 to 2020. 2017 is the final year of the five-year agreement concluded with CLTV Zundert. After consultation, it has been decided to prolong that agreement with three more years. This prolongation comes with a few advantages.

Read more: Trade Show GrootGroenPlus Stays at Current Location for Three More Years

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With a rich 40 year plus history, it’s safe to say that Glee – the leading annual trade exhibition for the garden and outdoor living retail industry – has witnessed somewhat of a style evolution over the last four decades. Now, as we head towards the 2017 show, the show’s branding and creative and has been updated once again, creating a new look that is bolder, brighter and brimming with freshness.

Read more: New look, new Glee

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It has been a flourishing year for the floriculture industry. Royal FloraHolland traded a total of 12.5 billion products in 2016, an increase of 0.3%. The company has posted a turnover of €4.6 billion, up 3.8% from last year.

Read more: Royal FloraHolland: 12.5 billion flowers and plants traded in 2016

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A familiar face amongst Glee’s marketing team has reason to celebrate as they become the show’s new permanent Senior Marketing Executive. 

Read more: Luke Murphy appointed as Glee’s new Senior Marketing Executive


Even though the 27th edition of the international trade show GrootGroenPlus, which will be held from 4-6 October 2017, is months away, all preparations are shifting gears. This is partly due to the many participants who already registered, and to the confirmation of international group visits. This shows that green professionals from all over the world know where to find the latest edition of this international trade fair.

Read more: Participants and international visitors know where to find GGP 2017


In celebration of the start of National Gardening Week, Allianz Garden Show Ireland is delighted to confirm a stellar line-up of gardening experts and truly interesting garden spaces that will entice and inspire visitors to Antrim Castle Gardens from 5th – 7th May.

Read more: Allianz Garden Show celebrates National Gardening Week


"There are diverse approaches to transdisciplinary co-production/co-design/co-creation, which all share the key features of deep and extended participation."

Read more: The Value of Co-Design /Co-Production as a Methodology for Promoting Sustainable and Just Cities


We are delighted by the recent Government policy that land and buildings at plant nursery grounds should benefit from the agricultural exemption for business rates.

The NFU, with the backing of the HTA, its expert rating advisors Turner Morum LLP, and the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable fought hard for this exemption to be reaffirmed allowing growers the security to invest in the future. 

Read more: HTA & NFU Business rates success for NI and UK Plant Nurseries

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The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), a new tool from the European Commission, aims to help the EU Member States achieve the benefits of fully applying existing environmental standards in areas such as waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, and water quality and management.

Read more: Environmental Review launched to help EU Countries achieve Benefits

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SALTEX 2017 continues to attract some of the sector’s biggest names ensuring that visitors can again expect to see an impressive line-up of world-class innovation for use by managers of pitch, grounds, landscaping, park and estates when the event opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham on 1 and 2 November.

Read more: SALTEX 2017 - Leading the way in Innovation

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The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has approved an application from the region of Hatay in Turkey to host a ‘B Class’ International Horticultural Exhibition in 2021. Expo 2021 Hatay was approved by AIPH on 23 January 2017. 

Read more: AIPH Approves ‘Garden of Civilisations’ Expo in Turkey


Teagasc has been involved with Euro-Trial since 2008 when it established its first trials. These plant trials are a collaboration between 7 countries in Europe; Netherlands, Germany, France, Britain, Austria, Finland and Ireland. An independent organization in each country grows and arranges judging of the plants.

Read more: Euro Trials at Teagasc

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Antrim Castle Gardens will be bursting with colour from 5th - 7th May 2017 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the beautiful venue for a three-day festival of flowers, food, and fun.

With a renewed focus on gardens this year there will be more to entice and inspire every level of a gardener with a warm welcome being extended to Joe Swift from BBC Gardeners World, who will be sharing his extensive knowledge during a series of interesting talks on Friday 5th May.

Read more: Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2017


As preparations get underway for Glee 2017, the show’s organizers – Ascential Events – has teased details of its latest show feature – the Retail Lab @ Glee.

Read more: Introducing the Retail Lab @ Glee, in association with the HTA

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We are delighted to introduce the newest addition to our attachment range for our CX tractors - the CityVac vacuum sweeper!

Read more: New Sweeper Attachment for Multihog

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A major scientific conference on European research into Xylella fastidiosa is to be held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from 13-15 November 2017. The conference is being organised jointly by EFSA, the University of the Balearic Islands, the Euphresco network for phytosanitary research coordination and funding, and the EU Horizon 2020 projects POnTE and XF-ACTORS.

Read more: European conference on Xylella fastidiosa: finding answers to a global problem | European Food...


Managers and geologists from over 60 European UNESCO Global Geoparks will gather in County Clare this week to attend an international meeting and to visit the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. 

Read more: Burren to host European Geopark Network Event

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We have announced today that HTA CEO, Carol Paris, will be leaving the organization at the end of April. Carol has served the HTA for seven years in total, as Vice President, President, and CEO.

Read more: Carol Paris is leaving the HTA

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Catering continues to play a huge role in the make-up of garden centers accounting for in excess of 25% of sales in many cases. Over half of all garden centers have a café or restaurant with many having invested further to increase their covers and grow their offer.

Read more: A piece of cake? HTA Catering Conference and Dinner

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It is one of the most debated questions in chemical risk assessment: can exposure to chemicals such as pesticides cause ill health in humans? Scientists currently rely on experimental toxicology evidence, such as animal or cell studies, to assess their safety. A new approach proposed by EFSA will help further our understanding by making better use of epidemiological studies on human health.

Read more: A new path for pesticide assessment | European Food Safety Authority

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