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.

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Wall Planters by Kim Fisher Designs – Decorative Gifts for In- and Outdoors

Stylish plant holders for a minimalistic look.

These elegant plant holders can be put up as easily as a framed picture. They are 22 inch in diameter and specially made for succulents and air plants. These kinds of plants are known for being very easy to care for because their natural habitat is harsh and dry, so they are quite strong and don’t need much water.

The Wall Planters are handmade with aluminum and plastic and can be filled with rocks, moss and plants, which can be arranged individually. This makes them a very personal present, an alternative to the classic bouquet of flowers.

They are not only suitable for homes but also for shops, offices or for outside patios.

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Heather International – Azerca Show at spoga+gafa 2014

Azerca is inviting interested visitors to a heather flower show together with Landgard at the spoga+gafa 2014 on Sunday, August 31st. Full of passion for heather (Erica), the master florists Annette Gottmann from Italy, Claudia Bøje Hansen from Denmark and Isabel Joeden from Germany will present this flower as a basic material for their respective markets.

Visitors of the trade fair will have the chance to be inspired by the different approaches and decide how much Italian heather-style fits into a Portugese or British garden centre and if the chilly north is able to surprise the customers with warm and original ideas.

Events at the International Heather Show:

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Heather Wreaths International
Three florist masters from Italy, Denmark and Germany make heather wreaths and explain how heather is handled in their countries.

11:15 a.m.-12:125 a.m. Mediterranean Heather
German florist master Annette Gottmann, living in Italy for 20 years, L’Officina delle Piante, Cortina d’Ampezzo.

2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Scandinavian Heather
Danish florist master Claudia Bøje Hansen, Gamst & Gamst, Kolding

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. German Heather
German florist master Isabel Joeden, garden centre “Gartenglück”, Viersen

More Information: and spoga+gafa