Buyers and operators came from all corners of the world (with a 20% growth in presence from the Middle East) and represented all categories of the sector: landscaping, floriculture and cut flowers, horticulture and nurseries, pots, machinery, maintenance, soils, seeds, and sports grounds. Decision makers came from large distribution chains (garden centers, DYI, Home & Garden, e-commerce), the public sector, planning and development, event organization, and hospitality, in search of products, innovations, and solutions for floristry, gardens, horticulture, machinery, and technology.
The Netherlands was the first foreign Country in terms of the number of exhibitors and the third overall, following the two Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto: counting on 50 companies present individually or as a collective (Weddingflowers and Greenn), the Dutch stated their presence showcasing high-quality products covering plants and cut flowers, bulbs, garden gear, and high tech garden solutions.
Myplant & Garden 2023 has inspired its visitors, spreading enthusiasm, offering new business opportunities, showing new trends and innovative solutions, and presenting a series of initiatives along the lines of five major themes that are likely to be developed in its future editions:
- Urban forestation, where Myplant has the ambition of becoming one of the main reference points.
- Arboriculture, with products, services, and devices for arboriculture professionals.
- Smart mobility, showcasing products, services, technology, infrastructure, and accessories for soft mobility.
- Innovation with Myplantech, an area dedicated to robotics, digitalization, technology for water and energy management, ecological transition, and circular economy.
- Wonder corner, dedicated to weddings, celebrations, and gifts.
The Dutch Embassy and Consulate General could not miss this opportunity and were again present with the collective of Dutch companies Weddingflowers, a display of some of the best Dutch production of cut flowers, and news around wedding organization, which has risen the most important target group in Italy. Started in 2018, Weddingflowers is an ongoing collaboration between Dutch Embassy and Consulate General, Myplant & Garden, and Floweracademy. It is a platform that continues to develop year after year with exhibition areas, installations, special events, fashion shows, live demonstrations, and workshops. Weddingflowers offers growers and breeders the opportunity to present their novelties and encourages them towards an increasingly more sustainable flower production.
The Dutch Experience
Talking with various Dutch exhibitors, it was interesting to see how the experiences, expectations and results varied: there was the young yet experienced and resourceful entrepreneur -presenting a stunning variety of chrysanthemums – who had made a bald move last year returning to a trade show still suffering from the restraints of the pandemic, just to be compensated by the acquisition of new clients with whom ties could be further strengthened this year; there was the grower who proudly decided to be part of the possible solution to the current climate related issues, by aiming at a 100% sustainable product, embodied in beautiful organically grown anthuriums packed in biodegradable pots and cellophane, which they totally commit to although the market is not fully ripe for it; and there was the exporter, showcasing breathtaking orchids, who could not miss this trade show since Italy is their main export country which generously rewarded them during the pandemic with a booming market for potted plants.
And to conclude, we would like to share with you the irresistible enthusiasm of Aaltje van Giessen of Kwekerij Waalzicht by Jan van Wijk, a nursery present at the Weddingflower stand in collaboration with the nursery of young entrepreneur Ariën van Wijk of Sunrise Holland: both companies treasure the secrets of the trade of the Van Wijk family of growers, who in the years have specialized in growing lisianthus. After skipping the last edition, they were again at Myplant & Garden, displaying the BigSun lisianthus – a new variety with very large, double flowers, particularly suitable for weddings and events – to the attention of florists, wedding designers, and wholesalers. Especially the brown variety was highly praised at the trade show by buyers, specialists, and the public: to put it in her own words, “the interest at the fair was overwhelming! And the reactions were very positive. Everyone thinks it’s a wonderful product. So we are very pleased with that! We look back to a very successful exhibition.”
And we look forward to next year: arrivederci a Myplant & Garden 2024.