My wife and I just returned home after the last month in the Netherlands. It was a family visit as my wife is from the southern province of Limburg ( Wessem). Wandering thru several garden shops I could not believe the price of Japanese maples, at least three times the cost of the same size / year / variety back home in BC. Is there a shortage of inventory? less growers? Maybe some forum members in Europe will chime in. In contrast food costs are almost half of what we pay here in BC! Also spent 8 days in Portugal and we did a lot of hiking and wandering thru several cities and I could not find one single japanese maple in a garden. I had my camera on hand to take photo's, but no luck. Good to be home again with a nice rain falling this morning. We set a drought record of 106 days I believe of no rain since July.