POELDIJK, The Netherlands: From Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th June 2018, the international horticultural sector is again welcome to visit nurseries, breeders and exporters of lilies. It’s time for the seventh Dutch Lily Days. The event has acquired a permanent place on the horticultural calendar. The 2018 official opening will be held at Zabo Plant and in total 14 companies will be opening their doors.
The formula of the Dutch Lily Days has remained unchanged over the years: companies active in lily cultivation or trade open their doors at the same time. The fact that over the past few years it has taken place just before the Flower Trials has boosted interest in the event. ‘The Dutch Lily Days have achieved a lot,’ confirmed Paul van Egdom, co-owner of Lily Company, one of the 14 participating companies. ‘Certainly for foreign visitors it is very attractive that they can get a good idea of the situation in just four days. It’s so easy to visit the participating companies that it encourages many visitors to come.’
‘We strengthen each other’ Van Egdom also ascertained that the collaboration involved in the Dutch Lily Days has already led to cross-fertilisation. ‘Look at our company. We share the greenhouse with Bot Flowerbulbs. We notice that their forcing customers also visit our facilities and vice versa. We strengthen each other. For example, we don’t export to Japan, but we have recently started working again with De Jong Lelies and Onings Holland to achieve this.’
Participating companies The Dutch Lily Days are organised for colleagues from around the world. From Tuesday to Friday, June 5 – 8, they can visit: P. Aker Flowerbulbs, Van den Bos Flowerbulbs, Bot Flowerbulbs, De Jong Lelies, Lily Company, Mak Breeding, Onings Holland, C. Steenvoorden, GAV Lilies, Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan, VWS Flowerbulbs, World Breeding, Zabo Plant and Royal van Zanten. More information is available at: www.dutchlilydays.com.