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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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CAFRE students Shea McFerran, from Larne, and Jonathan Long, from Donegal, will compete in the National Final of the Worldskills Landscape Gardening Competition in the NEC, Birmingham this week. The students won their places in the final of this prestigious competition when they built top class show gardens at the RHS Flower Show in July.

Read more: Landscape Gardening Students From NI Competing to be Crowned Best in the UK


Strong cooperation promises good chances for the future: FlowersExpo, the most important sectoral platform in Russia, and IPM ESSEN, the world's leading fair for horticulture, will come together under the new fair title FlowersExpo powered by IPM ESSEN.

Read more: FlowersExpo Powered by IPM ESSEN 2017

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EXPERTS in Japanese knotweed remediation are urging the industry to subscribe to the Invasives Code, following its recently announced renaming. 

Formerly known as the Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Code, it is set by The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) to provide quality assurance and set industry standards, which are independently assessed. 

Read more: Plant Experts Call for Industry-Wide Adoption of Invasives Code


Nine ornamental growers, from Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russia and the UK, have reached the finals of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2017.

Read more: Finalists Are In For Aiph Igoty Awards 2017

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Pellenc has announced the launch of a new battery - the ULB1500, which gives users 50% more stored energy when compared to the existing largest battery on the market, allowing for a full day’s work without having to recharge.

Read more: A New Era for Pellenc Battery-Powered Tools


On the morning of 3rd November, the British High Court ruled that Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50, the legal route to Brexit, without parliament first having a vote. Given the opaque nature with which exit negotiations have so far been conducted by the prime minister, this ruling presents a significant setback.

Read more: British Court Rules That Brexit Must Face a Parliamentary Vote

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Nurseryman, lecturer, author, and photographer Raymond J Evison OBE VMH, was presented with the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures Dinner which took place on 12 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

Read more: Clematis Champion Raymond Evison Awarded Pearson Medal at HTA Garden Futures Dinner


The European Nursery stock Association plants trees in cities all across Europe to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary.

What’s in a tree?
The European Nursery stock Association will plant 25 trees to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. Trees live themselves and give us the means to live, these 25 trees also symbolise the billions (yes, billions!) of plants produced by European nurseries in the last 25 years.

Read more: ENA Celebrates 25 Years

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With a focus on business agility in a disruptive world, HTA Garden Futures Conference and Dinner, sponsored by Hozelock and Scotts Miracle-Gro took place at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire on 12 October. Brexit, the 2017 shopper, tomorrow’s garden centre, adapting to climate change, eLearning and the Energy Garden project were high on the agenda.

Read more: HTA Garden Futures Challenges the Industry to Capitalise on Opportunity by Embracing Change

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It’s official. SALTEX 2015 is the UK’s largest turf management event. The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has revealed the independently audited attendance figures for SALTEX 2015. Significantly exceeding expectations, the figures confirmed that SALTEX is the largest turf management exhibition in the UK.

Read more: Look Back at SALTEX 2015 - Look Forward to 2016

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EFSA is to release the raw data used in the recent EU safety evaluation of glyphosate, as part of its commitment to open risk assessment.

The information will be shared with a group of MEPs following a public access to the document request.

Read more: Glyphosate: EFSA to Share Raw Data | European Food Safety Authority

New John Deere PRO 53MV commercial walk-behind mower

John Deere is expanding its range of commercial walk-behind mowers with the launch of the new PRO 53MV model, which will be shown in public for the first time at SALTEX 2016 at the NEC in November.

Read more: John Deere Shows New Commercial Mowers at SALTEX

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The ongoing review of emerging countries within a project looking at an ‘international vision’ for ornamental horticulture was a focus for members of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) attending their 68th Annual Congress in Antalya, Turkey on 26 September to 1 October.

Read more: 68th Aiph Annual Congress Broadens Industry Knowledge for Members

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Zwaagdijk, Netherlands – The third edition of Seed meets Technology took place at the grounds of Proeftuin Zwaagdijk from September 27th until September 30th. Under the impulse of a bigger exhibition space, the introduction of the ‘Vegetable Trials’ and an interesting program, the number of visitors has increased again.

Read more: Seed Meets Technology 2016


Etesia UK will be exhibiting at this year’s IOG SALTEX on stand E055 which will be dedicated solely to a range of environmentally friendly, lithium-ion battery powered tools from Pellenc including four new products.

Read more: Etesia UK Choose SALTEX as Platform to Launch New Series of Pellenc Products

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