As always, it was about the latest breeds and growth forms, but 2023 was also something special because after the years of the pandemic, all participants, exhibitors and visitors felt a very special "joy to see each other again".
The mood was great, just like the weather – the sun was very kind on these days. After the great uncertainty last year due to the many global problems, which also had a strong impact on production and demand in horticulture, it was very good to see optimism slowly regaining strength everywhere and to sometimes even share a really good mood!
The performance of the exhibitors is really to be recognized very highly, because - typical for the last few years - not only are the plants exhibited in their best qualities, but also great creative ideas are repeatedly implemented in an imaginative storytelling! It is therefore not surprising that these FlowerTrials have now become one of the most important annual events in the industry, both for production and trade.
Striking, but also to be expected, was a major focus in the range of heat and drought tolerant plants. Everywhere people try to do justice to climate change and so more and more heat and drought tolerant varieties are finding their way into the range of breeders and suppliers.
This topic and the sustainability of the products and the logistics all around will certainly continue to be the focus of the offers in international horticulture.
What is beautiful and certainly important is that the variety of colours, shapes and properties continues to play a very important role.
As part of the Flower Trials, the coveted FleuroStar Award was again presented this year - the proud winner is the Mandevilla Sundaville Double Blush Pink from MNP / Suntory. According to the jury, this variety from the well-known "Sundaville®" brand series shows particularly bright, deep cream-colored flowers that form a great contrast to the green leaves and bloom from summer to autumn.