MOSCOW, Russia: Hundreds of nursery stock growers and other industry stakeholders gathered from all over Russia as the Russian Nursery Stock Association (APPM) held its annual conference at hotel Planernoye in Novogorsk, Moscow, February 6-7, 2014.
Since its inception in 2008, the APPM conference has evolved into one of the most significant nursery stock events in Russia, bringing people from the green sector together, including growers, landscape designers, hardware suppliers, horticultural institutes and schools and trade press. The 2014 conference, which was a huge success, held many events for the information and education of the association’s members.
The APPM, the driving force behind the event, is a professional association dedicated to serving Russia’s nursery stock industry through education, training, and general industry information resources. The APPM has its headquarters in Moscow. The APPM is a most effective and continuously expanding organisation for nurseries and companies whose activities are connected with the nursery stock industry. In 2013, APPM’s membership consisted of 109 nurseries from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and 28 associated members. The 2014 conference welcomed six new members.
This year, approximately 40 reports were presented on many subjects of interest to attendees. The papers corresponding to all the presentations have been archived in a catalogue which was handed out to all participants.
This year’s ‘Growth Prospects for Russian Nurseries’ theme was grouped under a series of topics as follows:
– starting up a successful nursery stock business
– using nursery stock plants for landscape design
– defining target markets
– introducing the right growing systems, machinery and techniques.
– growing ornamental trees and shrubs
– growing fruit trees
– growing perennials
On the stage there was also room for debating the current state of the economy , new technologies, bookmark nurseries , pest management and the latest development s on the international marketplace.
The 2-day event offered great learning opportunities and many new business contacts were established. According to garden centre retailers and landscape architects who were present the share of domestic sales in the nursery stock business every year increases. This means that competition between companies will grow increase.
APPM also announced its ‘Gardens and People’ festival which will be held in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, from June 19 to 29. For more details on this new garden show visit http://www.landy-art.ru/helpful_information/news.html/id/231 & http://www.ruspitomniki.ru/events/page785.php