Sharing retail knowledge with colleagues

The period between Christmas and spring is the ideal time for garden centre entrepreneurs to find new inspiration. It’s also a good time to take a look behind the scenes of other garden centres, and that’s precisely what many of you are doing right now. Mid-January we received 160 representatives of the VDG (German association of garden centres) at the Maastricht branch of the Intratuin chain of garden centres. Our guest blogger Oliver Mathys shares his experiences of that visit with you in this newsletter. Mid-February we are organising a visit to creative Dutch garden centres, such as the Intratuin branch at Zuidplas, for a group from the HTA (Horticulture Trade Association).

The HTA members of this study trip will also visit the Tuinzaken Retail Experience, an event focusing on international garden retail. Here, Thermoflor will be represented as a garden centre specialist at the Retail Plaza along with more than a hundred other leading retail suppliers.

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When you go on a tour with colleagues … you’ve got something to talk about!

Oliver Mathys, former commercial director of Javado, market explorer and trendsetter in the cultivation of ornamental products and now also with his own company, in which he brings together the various links in the chain, participated in the Wintertagung (study trip) organised by the German garden centre association. The trip featured visits to various leading garden centres in the surroundings of Aachen, for example in Heerlen, Maastricht and Hasselt. Read Oliver Mathys’s exclusive report on his experiences here. 

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Did you already know this about Thermoflor?

A survey we recently conducted among a group of garden centre owners showed that Thermoflor is greatly appreciated for its construction of attractively designed buildings of high quality. But there’s more that we could do for you. For example, did you know that … 
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As from 1 February a plant passport will be obligatory for around thirty plant species

The end of 2015 saw new outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa in France, presumably caused by trade in ornamental plants. The outbreaks of this harmful bacterial disease in plants prompted the European Union to prescribe various measures. One of those measures is the obligatory use of a plant passport for around thirty plant species within the European Union. This obligation will become effective on 1 February 2016. It is expected that more species will be added to the list in the near future.

 

Thermoflor on tour

In 2016 we will once again be guaranteeing the design and construction of modern, creative garden centres. You are most welcome to come along to take a look at our building work or to attend the opening of any of the following garden centres. Click the garden centre of your choice for further information: 

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