Inspiring Gardens: The Chelsea Flower Show 2017

„Chengdu Silk Road Garden“ by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins
© Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

With the Chelsea Flower Show the world’s most famous gardening event will open its gates on Tuesday 23 May. Once again the show presenting highlights of English garden culture: this year, among other things, sensitive Feel Good Gardens, a „secret garden“ and an urban street art mural, incorporating plants and art.

Isle of Mainau 2017: Numbers game and added colour

Isle Mainau at Lake Constance - Photo: Isle of Mainau/Peter Allgaier
Isle Mainau at Lake Constance – Photo: Isle of Mainau/Peter Allgaier

The Isle of Mainau that spans 45 hectares is one of the most significant excursion destinations at Lake Constance. Lennart Bernadotte designed the former summer residence of his great-grandfather, Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden, into the flower and plant paradise and already opened it up to the public in the 1930s. Mainau has been run as a limited company since 1974.

Keukenhof: Showcase of the ornamental plant sector

Bulb Flowers - photo: Keukenhof
Bulb Flowers – photo: Keukenhof

Keukenhof was originally an initiative of ten Dutch flower bulb growers and exporters, who wanted to create a showcase for their products. In 1949, they chose the garden surrounding Keukenhof Castle in Lisse as the location. Today, 100 flower bulb growers supply Keukenhof and 500 flower growers participate in the flower shows. More than a million people from all over the world stream in every spring when Keukenhof opens its gates for eight weeks. The time will have come round again on 23.03.2017.

Fleuroselect Declares 2015 as Year of the Sunflower

The international organization for the ornamental plants industry, Fleuroselect, is calling 2015 the “year of the sunflower”.

This marketing campaign is geared towards home gardeners and is supposed to promote the use of sun flowers in private gardens. Fleuroselect is hoping to increase the sales of seeds and plants for producers, suppliers and retailers. The sunflower campaign will be promoted in all major European countries during the main selling period in 2015.

Campaign supporters have the possibility to use a range of marketing materials: A “Year of the sunflower” logo, available in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish can be used as stickers for seed packaging or plant labels. Fleuroselect also provides a library with sunflower images, an instructional “how to” video for planting sunflowers, website banners, press releases and a range of point of sale materials for retailers.

Further information: fleuroselect.com