Just as everyone is coming home from Horti Fair, I will be flying to Amsterdam and then South Africa this weekend to join a group of U.S. and Canadian growers hosted by Dutch flower breeder Fides. The global company owned by Kirin has been producing cuttings down there for many years and is very pleased with the results. The crops Fides breeds and propagates include chrysanthemums, kalanchoe, geraniums, osteospermums, New Guinea impatiens, petunias, calibrachoas and dahlias. Fides also has farms in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Costa Rica.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m very excited to share the highlights of the trip with you on our new international blog. I’ll arrive in Johannesburg Sunday night. In addition to visiting the flower farms, a week full of cultural excursions are planned. I can’t wait!