Why Belgian ornamental horticulture?
The horticultural sector is on the rise: over the course of 10 years, the production value has risen sharply by 20% to around 330 million euros.
With 30 million exported azaleas, Flanders is the number 1 in the world ranking.
Every year, Flanders exports around 540 million euros worth of plants and flowers and, partly thanks to its central location in Europe, it plays an important role in the trade.
Companies in the spotlight
Young plants at Denis-Plants
With its 40 years’ experience, the Denis-Plants young-plant company is a global player both in house plants and outdoor plants. By continuing to invest in high-quality staff and new technology, in combination with the constant search for the best quality and new varieties, Denis-Plants has grown into one of the most inspirational young plant companies in Western Europe.
Gernée Ornamental Grass Nursery
Gernée Ornamental Grass Nursery specialises in growing more than 400 species of grass and 250 species of perennials and ground-cover plants, all available in large quantities in pot size 9 – producing a total of six million plants per year. What’s more, because it selects disease-resistant species and allows the plants to grow naturally, its customers can be confident that they are purchasing strong, healthy plants.
Helleborus at Het Wilgenbroek
A shared passion for Helleborus plants unites the Van Paemels, both emotionally and literally, now that a second generation has enthusiastically joined the family business and secured its future. Its director Thierry, who is a pioneer of Helleborus production, always ensures that he is a step ahead of the market by keeping a close eye on consumer preferences. ‘We have created a florist’s product from a simple perennial plant’, Thierry proudly explains.
Garden plants at Heyeveld
Heyeveld cultivates a wide range of hardy garden plants on a 95-ha site, both in containers and in the open field. Particular attention is paid to the correct deployment of techniques to produce high-quality plants with respect for the environment. These efforts are appreciated far beyond Belgium’s borders, as evidenced by the company’s strikingly international customer portfolio.