Urban gardening was the theme of Fleuroselect’s 8th Home Garden Conference that took place on 21-22nd September in Paris. Approx. 75 seed breeders and distributors for the home gardening market from 10 different countries attended.
Compact or climbing
Host of the Conference was the French seed breeder HM.Clause who, in addition to its professional activities, specialises in both flower and vegetable seed for the hobby market.
The company invited participants to discover the latest HM.Clause assortment in Le Grand Jardin, their summer trial case which was set up on a magnificent roof top terrace in Montmartre.
In line with the urban gardening trend, they showed compact and climbing varieties that fit on city balconies and patios, such as Echinacea Feeling Pink and Lupine MiniGallery Blue, both Fleuroselect Gold Medal winners. The richness in fruits of the tomato and paprika climbers turn these varieties into a real must-have for urban terraces. Also new, the one-person sized watermelon climbing plant Mini Love.
French market meets horticultural therapy
Keynote speaker of this year’s event was Lodewijk Hoekstra, a Dutch television gardener who shared his vision on urban gardening. Isabelle Boucq introduced the group to the many benefits and applications of horticultural therapy including those for the sick and elderly. Antoine Jacobsohn, Director of Le Potager du Roi, gave a presentation on the use of plants in the city in the past and in the future.