AALSMEER, Netherlands: Event centre Studio’s Aalsmeer was the setting for the coveted 2019 Dutch Tulip Awards, the country’s green industry version of the Oscars that honours the best growers, smartest merchandising concepts, best market introductions and the most spectacular breeding breakthroughs.
Over the past few months, a specialist jury, comprised of FloraHolland customers and business partners, has been voting for winners in four categories: cut flowers, houseplants, outdoor plants and concept. Votes were placed according to practical value, transportability, vase life and marketability. Four products from each category were put through to the final.
Here’s a complete overview of the prize winners:
Cut flowers category
At this year’s awards ceremony grower Montana Lisianthus from Poeldijk won first prize in the Cut Flowers category for its single-flowered Eustoma russellianum ‘Botanic Pink’. ‘Botanic Pink’ represents a completely new type of Eustoma, with a natural look that perfectly suits field bouquets.
Honourable mention: Alstroemeria Ardenne by Tesselaar Alstroemeria from Heerhugowaard.
Tropical Plant from Naaldwijk took first prize in the category Houseplants with Monstera ‘Monkey Leaf’. According to the jury ‘Monkey Leaf’ is truly an addition to the tropical foliage plant segment and an absolute hit on social media.
Honourable mention: Tillandsia ‘Curly Slim’ by Stofbergen Plant Company from Bergschenhoek.
Bunnik Plants from Bleiswijk won the Dutch Tulip Award in the Outdoor Plants category for its Helianthus Funshine Multiflower. The jury stated this is “Compact and sustainably grown. An addition to the Helianthus assortment. Appealing and has the wow effect”. Honourable mention: BV Hydrangea Macropphylla Wedding Gown by Sjaak van Schie from Maasdijk.
Also winning a place in the spotlight was Artisan from Nieuwaal which submitted the merchandising concept Phalaenopsis Original Orchids Frame. The jury commented that this is “Original, promising, a true gift. An addition to the world of concepts”.
Honourable mention: Eco Hydrangea by Plantenkwekerij P.van Geest from Maasland.
The Jury Members:
I green you
Oliver Mathys, Waterdrinker
Ed Mol, Agora-group
VBW, Jan Poels
Hoven & de Mooij
Theo de Mooij
Cok van Berkel
Danny van Bergenhenegouwen
Eddie den Dekker
Henk van Wijk
De groene makelaar