More than 110 delegates from the international ornamentals industry visited Sakata Ornamentals for its 100th anniversary during the 44th Annual Fleuroselect Convention held in Odense, Denmark from 3-5 July.
Sakata invited the delegates to its European ornamental headquarters and together with co-host Takii, which has a breeding station in Odense, offered ‘a taste of Japan in Denmark’.
Fleuroselect members also included a visit to Danish distributor GASA BØG.
At the closing dinner, 2014 Fleuroselect gold medals were presented to six varieties and the 2013-14 FleuroStar winner, Gerbera Cartwheel Strawberry Twist was announced.
Delegates were invited to the 45th annual convention which will be hosted by Floranova in Norfolk, UK in July 2014.
Fleuroselect new members are: GASA Young Plants, Impecta Seeds and Sluis Garden.
Fleuroselect has also presented an honorary membership to Joel Goldsmith from the former Goldsmith Seeds for "his exceptional contribution to Fleuroselect and for the support given by the Goldsmith family to the organisation for over 40 years".
Following on from his father Glenn, Joel Goldsmith was active in Fleuroselect during the 1990s and president of the organisation from 2005-2009.
The Organisation for the Ornamental Plants Industry also conferred a Laureate for services to the ornamentals industry on Wim Nijssen, former managing director of Takii Europe.
"Without trade organisations no trade" is a vision which Wim Nijssen has always shared, said organisers, and it is for his services to trade organisations in the sector that he was awarded this special honour.