Floriculture Trends from IPM Essen

The National Floriculture Forum recently returned from a tour of the Netherlands greenhouse industry followed by a visit to the international trade fair for plants (IPM ESSEN) in Essen, Germany.  The trade fair exhibition featured nearly 1600 vendors from more than 48 countries covering 1.1 million square feet of space with a focus on technology, plant material, nursery stock, floristry, garden center goods, and much, much more.  Some of the noted floriculture trends include miniature plants and containers, succulents, and living walls. Here are just a few examples of the magnificent plant material, displays and ideas encountered in Essen!