Sneak peek: final preparations for IFEX/GARDEX show

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hge_4198IFEX, touted as Japan’s largest flower trade exhibition show and to be held in conjunction with the International Garden Expo Tokyo, GARDEX, is set to take place at Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe on Wednesday, October 12, Thursday, October 13 and Friday October 14. This year’s show promises something to suit industry professionals of all ages and tastes as it will welcome exhibitors and traders from around the world.

Now in their 13th and 10th year respectively, IFEX and GARDEX will bring together over 830 exhibitors, making the combined event Japan’s premier horticultural trade event.  “It is the best place to make new discovery, find suppliers/partners, and learn the trends in Japan and Asia”, said show director Junichi Nibori. “We are thrilled to hold this year’s show with various exhibitors with their latest products and  services. We look forward to welcoming industry peers this October.”

 IFEX is the place to be

IFEX is the ideal platform gathering exhibitors with flowers/plants, floristry items and horticultural equipment. If you are looking for high-quality Japanese flowers and bonsai trees, IFEX is the place to be.

This year, exhibitors from various prefectures such as Fukuoka prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Gifu prefecture, Kochi prefecture, Oita prefecture and Saitama prefecture will join the show.  All members are eager to export their specialty plants.

Omiya Bonsai, Japan’s famous bonsai grower will exhibit as well as Japan’s leading orchids grower, Sheena Orchid.

GARDEX gathers exhibitors with garden supplies, landscaping supplies and outdoor living products. “We visit GARDEX to buy products. It’s the must-attend show to source and always exciting to visit. I can’t wait to see what’s new this year,” saID a managing director of a garden centre in Japan.

 Flower Awards

This year’s show will be bursting of activity. The IFEX Flower Awards, for example, is a special event to choose the future best-selling varieties.

Being its second year, we will be welcoming famous well-known floral artists, presidents from Japan’s leading flower markets and flower shops as judges of the awards.

Ikebana gura and TV celebrity Mr. Shogo Kariyazaki, Head of Kariyazaki Flower Professional Education School and Mr. Laurent Borniche, President of Laurent. B Bouquetier and a Parisian flower artist known for his unique French style flower arrangements are two of our judges that will be deciding the future best sells.

The award is divided into three categories; Cut Flower, Potted Flower and Overseas Grower.  Last year, the winner in the Cut Flower category was Lisianthus  Corsage Lavender from Nakasone Lisianthus while in the Potted Plants category PRINCETTIA (PRINCETTIA ROSA) from Suntory Flower Ltd. won the first prize. In the Overseas Grower category, an exhibitor from Ecuador, Equanrosa took home the highest accolade for their Deep Purple rose.

Check out previous prize winners here Registration for the contest will be closing soon now. It is expected that this year 150 varieties will battle it out to win the highest award.

Registration for the show can be done here   If you are interested in having a booth and joining the show as an exhibitor, contact Show Management at your earliest convenience for available locations at

For further information of the show please visit our website at

IFEX Quick Facts

Dates: October 12-14, 2016

Venue: Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan

Organisers: Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.

Shows running parallel to IFEX: Gardex, ToolJapan, AgriWorld

For any inquiries, please contact IFEX/GARDEX Show Management

Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.18F Shinjuku-Nomura Bldg.,1-26-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0570, JAPAN Office: (+81) 3-3349-8519 Fax: (+81) 3-3349-8530

Watch the video of last year’s show here

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