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In 1896 Arthur and Robert Bunning left London for Peth, West Australia. This was the start of a journey that started in the timber industry, grew into Westfarmers and eventually the move into hardware retailing and supermarkets.

Read more: London to Perth to St Albans… The return of Bunnings - John Stanley


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is ‘the world’s champion for the power of plants’. To serve the needs of the global ornamental horticulture industry AIPH has defined its Strategic Plan until 2020. 

Read more: AIPH Approves New Strategic Plan

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John Deere, a worldwide leader in manufacturing and services for agriculture, construction, forestry, and turf, has been named the Official Golf Course Turf Equipment Provider to the PGA of America.

Read more: PGA of America Signs Agreement with John Deere

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Glee, the UK’s leading annual exhibition for the garden retail industry, will become a biannual event with the opening of a Glee concession show at Spring Fair 2018 (February, NEC Birmingham) – complementing Glee’s main exhibition at the NEC each September.

Read more: Twice the Glee: Show to open concession show at Spring Fair 2018

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Following a hugely successful SALTEX 2016, show organizers have reported that a record number of exhibitors have already rebooked for the 2017 event.

Compared to January 2016, SALTEX has accumulated more than 50 additional exhibitors during the loyalty re-booking period – the number of SALTEX 2017 exhibitors now stands at an impressive 182, which continues to grow by the day.

Read more: Record number of exhibitors re-book for SALTEX 2017

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The first major expansion in 30 years at the John Deere Horicon Works factory in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA has resulted in a new 388,000ft2 facility for manufacturing the company’s popular Gator utility vehicles. The expansion has added about 80 new jobs – around 70 in the assembly area and 10 new salary positions – bringing the total workforce to 1100 employees during the peak season.

Read more: John Deere Expands Gator Factory to Meet Demand


The International Plant Trade Fair in Essen (IPM) has once more proven that it is an indispensable inspiration, communication and ordering platform for the global green sector. As the top speaker, the digital expert Sascha Lobo talked about the subject of digitization in the green sector.

Read more: Over 57,000 trade visitors from all over the world travelled to IPM Essen


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has welcomed new members over the last year as associations representing the interests of the ornamental horticulture industry recognize the benefit of working together for a better future. 

Read more: AIPH Grows Stronger as New Members Join Including Ireland

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On Thursday 26 January 2017, the Mentha requienii MATCH & MOSS MENTHOL® of Van Son & Koot from Kaatsheuvel has been awarded the Show Your Colours Award IPM 2017 during the trade fair IPM 2017 in Essen (Germany).

Read more: Show Your Colours Award IPM 2017 for Mentha requienii MATCH & MOSS MENTHOL®

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Imagine what would happen if the owners from some of leading Independent Garden Centres from around the globe Gathered in a  room for two days and worked together to developed ideas for the future of their businesses.

That is exactly what happened in mid-January.

Read more: Independent Garden Centres Gather in Paris - John Stanley


Bord na Móna is pleased to confirm the acquisition of one of the UK’s most successful horticulture companies, White Moss Horticulture Limited (WMH).

Read more: Bord na Móna acquires UK Green Waste company


Members of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) heard about major national initiatives on city greening from around the world as members shared their key projects and experiences during their meeting on 23 January near Dusseldorf in Germany. 

Read more: Green City and Plant Health Key Subjects at AIPH Spring Meeting

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Turf Rewards users throughout the UK and Ireland will be spoilt for choice this year after ICL and Syngenta announced that a number of new qualifying products and reward items have been added to the loyalty scheme’s portfolio.

Read more: New line-up of Turf Rewards for 2017


The best IPM plant innovations have been decided: For the tenth time, innovative breeds were honored in six categories with the Innovation Showcase. In total, 35 exhibitors submitted 61 innovations. Appropriately for the anniversary, the jury thought that one innovation was worthy of a Special Prize.

Read more: IPM 2017 - Excellent Plant Innovations at the World's Leading Fair for Horticulture

Following the Brexit vote, the decreased value of the Pound did not seem to have any immediate effect on Consumer Price Index. However, figures from this week show that the Pound’s slump has finally begun to impact inflation, which has risen to its highest rate for over two and a half years.

Read more: BREXIT VIEW: Food Prices Rise as Inflation is Predicted to Overtake Regular Pay Growth

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Retailing is constantly changing, that is part of the fun.

Over the last few years, we have seen a reduction in the number of florists and traditional garden centers, there are several reasons for this decline, one of them has been the retailer not keeping up with the consumer.

Read more: Evolution or Revolution ?….The changing face of Indoor Plant Retailing - John Stanley


Meet leading suppliers from the UK horticulture industry and receive your copy of the Commercial Horticultural Association Buyers’ Guide by visiting the UK pavilion and CHA industry information stand (10C13) at any point during the exhibition.

Read more: More Companies, New Varieties and Innovative Technology on Show from the UK Pavilion at IPM Essen...

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The SALTEX 2016 post-show visitor surveys have revealed a fascinating insight into the visitor profile of the show.

SALTEX 2016 featured three exhibition halls at the NEC packed with the UK and international visitors. It was, therefore, encouraging to see that more than 80 percent of the visitors rated their overall SALTEX experience as being either very good or excellent.

Read more: SALTEX 2016 Visitors Report a Hugely Successful Show

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POS Presentations Provide Trendy Inspirations for Raising Turnover

From January 24 to 27, 2017, the international green sector will be guests at Messe Essen. For decision makers from garden centers, market gardens with retail operations and the specialized retail trade, IPM ESSEN 2017 will open up unique access to the entire green range and shop fitting.

Read more: IPM ESSEN 2017 Offers Purchasers Entire Green Range and Products for Shop Fitting

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As SALTEX 2016 came to a close, it was apparent to exhibitors and visitors that Europe’s largest annual turf management event has found its rightful home at the NEC in Birmingham.
SALTEX 2016 was taken to a new level after an independent audit confirmed that the combined attendance over the two-day exhibition totaled an impressive 8,754.

Read more: Successful SALTEX Shines Again

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From January 24 to 27, 2017, the international green sector will be guests at Messe Essen. At the world's leading fair for horticulture, floral inspirations, fresh ideas, and innovative designing techniques will await florists and decision takers from the flowery retail trade.

Read more: IPM ESSEN 2017 is a Creative Source of Stimuli for Florists and the Floral Retail Trade

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Finished plants and trees growers from Belgium, China, The Netherlands and the UK are contenders for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) 2017.

Read more: Belgium, China, The Netherlands & UK Are Finished Plants & Trees Finalists

SALTEX College Cup puts student turf managers on the big stage

The SALTEX College Cup made its debut this year at SALTEX 2016, in which a number of sports-turf students demonstrated excellent academic abilities. With five colleges participating, the competitive event highlighted that the industry is certainly in more than capable hands.

Read more: SALTEX College Cup puts Student Turf Managers on the Big Stage

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It has been a huge honor and a privilege to serve as your President for the past two years. I have had the opportunity to work with many excellent people in the Institute, and my sincere thanks for all the help that I have received.

Read more: Letter from the President of the CIOH

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World's Leading Fair Presents Current Trends and Excellent Info Programme

From January 24 to 27, 2017, the international green sector will be guests at Messe Essen. At IPM ESSEN, horticulture will find not only innovative technology, soils and substrates for efficient production but also the unique possibilities of establishing important contacts to market-leading plant breeders from all continents as well as marketing organizations and placing orders centrally in one place.

Read more: IPM ESSEN 2017 is an Obligatory Date for International Horticulture

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Cut flower growers from Colombia, The Netherlands and Russia are in the running for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) 2017.

Read more: Colombia, The Netherlands & Russia Are Cut Flower Finalists

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International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2016 is now available. The latest volume contains the currently available data on the global production and trade of ornamental flowers and plants.

Read more: Aiph and Union Fleurs Launch International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2016


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites growers and industry associations from around the world to join its discussion on the plant health challenges facing growers in different countries. 

Read more: Aiph Opens Global Plant Health Debate

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The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have joined forces to purchase the garden industry’s leading media-facing event, The Garden Press Event.

Read more: GIMA and HTA join forces to purchase The Garden Press Event


2016 Winners and Finalists 

Ian Hodgson
New Wild Garden

Read more: Winners of The Garden Media Guild Awards: 2016

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According to an article, Liquidity Crisis, on water scarcity in The Economist (Nov 5th) the water used by farmers to ‘grow huge amounts of food in places that would otherwise be too dry to do so,’ is a key contributor to a food production system that is ‘unsustainable.’

Read more: The Critical Role of Water in Feeding 10bn

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