Plantarium Digital Expo 2020 presents Greentours from August 24 and a live program on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 September.

A second corona wave seems imminent, but Plantarium Digital Expo will in any case continue to safely offer digital and physical interaction between companies and visitors. The live program offers plenty of inspiration, knowledge and insights to visitors from all around the world. Safe from their chair at home or at work. People can also visit companies in person via Greentours, paying attention to capacity and facilities in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety regulations.

The participants are breeders, growers and suppliers who are all internationally oriented and deal progressively with changing circumstances. While physical contacts are declining, digital interaction is actually increasing and these companies are taking a new path: AllPlant, Bremmer Nurseries, Broere Irrigation, Garden Girls, Joh. Stolwijk & Zonen, Kolster, Nursery Lendert de Vos, Mabo Nurseries, MPS, Plantipp, Quality Green Plants, Rovero, TSD IT, Valkplant, Van Son en Koot, Van Vliet NewPlants and Van Zoest.

The live program on the 2nd and 3rd of September will be streamed from a temporary studio in the Plantarium building. Visitors are not allowed, but during the programs there is room for questions and comments in the live chat that can be seen next to the live broadcast. Of course, the participating companies can be visited digitally and contacted by using live chat.

The content for the live program has been newly developed, in close collaboration with media partners Boom in Business, Greenity and “Mr Plant Geek” Michael Perry. 6 programs are provided every day, with an extra 15 minutes afterwards for questions and answers. Between the programs there are breaks for interaction with the participating companies.

2nd of September:

GREEN WORLD TODAY | 09.00 – 09.45
Corona and economic developments now and tomorrow: round table discussion with branch experts, presented by ‘Mr. Plant Geek’ Michael Perry

The latest and finest novelties: bronze, silver and gold medal winners will be announced and reviewed by the KVBC, presented by ‘Mr. Plant Geek’ Michael Perry

Inspirational stories and insights: family businesses can be influenced by husbands and wives, parents and children, sometimes with remarkable results. Round table interviews with special guests, presented by Monique Ooms – GreenityTalks

YOUNG GROWERS | 13.00 – 13.45
Next-generation management: young growers have a mind of their own, a fresh way of looking at business opportunities and new technologies. Presented by Hein van Iersel – Boom in Business

Plant passport, environmental certification and DNA profiling: what exactly do you need to know to make a difference? What difference could it make? Presented by Monique Ooms

WATER DIRECTORS | 15.45 – 16.30
Regulation and technologies: water has become less of a ‘given’ over the past years, with summers getting longer and hotter. Regulations get tight, but technology offers new solutions. Presented by Hein van Iersel – Boom in Business

3rd of September

KVBC – BEHIND THE SCENES | 09.00 – 09.45
Experts talk about field selections and novelty trials: how does judging work, who are these people and what drives them to become a KVBC judge? Presented by Monique Ooms – GreenityTalks

NOVELTY JOURNEYS | 10.00 – 10.45
Blood, sweat and tears… and a bit of luck: novelties do not just pop up, developing new plant races takes years of experience and patience. Most of the plants growing up in the process do not make it and results are sometimes hard to predict. Presented by ‘Mr Plant Geek’ Michael Perry

PRECISION FARMING | 11.30 – 12.15
Robots and drones are coming our way: in 1983 we all thought that a mobile phone was useless and in 2020 we see all kinds of robotics and new technologies becoming the new standard. What can we expect and what is there to stay in the end? Presented by Hein van Iersel – Boom in Business

Gardens and plant lovers around the planet: consumers and growers share their passion for plants and tell us about trends and developments. Presented by ‘Mr. Plant Geek’ Michael Perry

GREEN RETAIL FUTURE | 14.30 – 15.15
Trends and opportunities: representatives of well-known retailers talk about trends and developments, opportunities and threats for the horticultural sector. Presented by Hein van Iersel – Boom in Business

PLANTARIUM CAFE | 15.45 – 16.30
Live program review and future plans: an informal wrap-up of 2 days full of sessions and guests, sharing new insights and peeks in our green future. Presented by ‘Mr. Plant Geek’ Michael Perry

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