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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

Carol Paris

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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The Stichting Beurshal and the Nursery Trade Fair Foundation join forces to make the new growers' square at Plantarium 2017 a great success. The Stichting Beurshal (representative of the arboriculturists) with "Varb" and the Nursery Trade Fair Foundation with "Plantarium" both have as mission to advance the trade in nursery stock products.

Read more: Flying start to autumn trade at the Plantarium Grower's Square

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This question has been asked of me a number of times over the last few weeks. In early March I was invited to Ukraine to work with garden centres and present a workshop to the industry. This was my first visit to the country and new experience for me.

Read more: Does Ukraine have Garden Centres? - 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 – International Association of Horticultural Producers


As the leading show for the garden retail industry, Glee prides itself on providing an unrivaled platform for discussion. In this, the first of a series of special ‘talking head’ style features, the topic of Brexit is addressed. To some a dirty word, others a fear-inducing prospect, and to many, a word that evokes feelings of the unknown, here Glee exhibitors and supporting trade associations share their thoughts on Brexit and how it is shaping their future.

Read more: Glee Talking Head: Brexit – the current mood


From 2018, hortivation by IPM ESSEN will be integrated into IPM ESSEN. That was announced by Messe Essen during the most recent edition of the world's leading fair for horticulture.

Read more: In the Future, hortivation Will Take Place During IPM ESSEN

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The HTA Catering Conference is designed to inspire and support garden centres with catering operations by tapping into catering best practice from inside and outside the sector. It brings together garden centre owners, garden centre managers, catering managers, and supervisors, together with industry specialists and those that have made changes within their own garden centres.

Read more: HTA Catering Conference 2017


ENA -European Nurserystock Association- accepted Ukraine as a new member, shared information with American colleagues and discussed new projects.

The European Nurserystock Association (ENA) General Assembly met in Essen, Germany, during IPM trade show, on January 26th, 2017. Over thirty delegates from sixteen countries participated and discussed the main concerns of the European nursery sector in a meeting chaired by Mr. Jan-Dieter Bruns, ENA Vice-president.

Read more: ENA General Assembly Meeting

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The Most Admired research reviews a company’s performance on nine criteria, including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness.

Read more: Deere & Company is among World’s Top 50 Most Admired Companies


The design has been revealed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show industry showcase exhibit entitled “40 Sunbury Road”.

As featured in The Sun gardening supplement on Saturday, plans are progressing well for the first back garden exhibit at the Great Pavilion at Chelsea.

Read more: HTA | Design revealed for RHS Chelsea industry exhibit “40 Sunbury Road”

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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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