Mar 16, 2022
Ukraine Grower Seeks Industry Help

The war in Ukraine has impacted the lives of millions. The number of injuries and deaths along with the destruction of thousands of homes, businesses and other property continues to climb each day.

Earlier this month, Marc Englert, owner of Florep, contacted GPN to let us know that a nursery, Villa Verde Flower Farm, located in Kolonschyna, Kyiv Oblast (Kyiv Region), Ukraine had been destroyed by the Russian military.

Villa Verde grows ranunculus, peonies, hydrangeas and a number of other crops.

Marc told us that Villa Verde’s owner, Yulia Zavalniuk, had posted several videos on social media, first, asking for help to rebuild the nursery and then again to help the people of Ukraine.

A screen capture of cellphone footage of the fire at Villa Verde after it had been hit by Russian artillery.


Marc wants to get the word out about Villa Verde’s plight and is seeking the industry’s help

“Let’s see how our horticulture industry can help Yulia and Ukrainians fighting for survival,” he said.

To learn more about Villa Verde and how you can help the nursery, please visit their Instagram page at

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