In 2015, the total U.S. floricultural production sales added up to 3.8 billion dollars of which 48 per cent applied to pot and bedding plants. The market is characterised by a 50/50 split in between independent garden centres and chain stores.
Anna Ball addressed the Fleuroselect delegation at the Ball Horticultural Company in West-Chicago during the organisation's Annual Member Convention that took place from 13 - 15 July. Some 113 persons representing 42 companies from 15 countries made the trip to Chicago to discover the city's horticultural and architectural highlights, to visit the Ball Horticultural Company and to network with colleagues worldwide.
Ball said: "The one thing that unites us, is our love for plants. As long as that passion keeps binding us, this beautiful industry will remain strong."
During its Annual General Meeting, the Fleuroselect membership accepted Celex and Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling as new members. The Dutch Celex is an independent company specialised in the breeding and selection of Celosia cut flowers as well as pot and garden plants. Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling Co. is the largest horticultural enterprise which initially worked with plug seedling production in China.
Honorary membership was awared two retired seedsmen Cees van Diepen (Kieft) and Josef Clodius (Syngenta).
Meanwhile, BBC Gardeners' World has visited Ball Colegrave in Banbury, Oxfordshire, to film a piece on the UK summer trials.