ALMERE, Netherlands: Delphinium growerj N.G. Wigchert from Noordwijkerhout; Fa. G. Zuurbier en Zn. from Heerhugowaard and The Mastergrowers from De Lier have been named the supreme winners of Floriade’s ninth Best in (Greenhouse) Show Awards.
Aad van der Knaap, chairman of the Floriade judging committee, and Albert Haasnoot, secretary of Floriade’s Flowers and Plants advisory board, joined forces in announcing the nineth round of winners on Thursday, 11 August. The pair handed out awards in three categories: Delphinium, carnation and potted Hydrangea.
Delphinium grower N.G. Wigchert reigned supreme in the category Delphinium winning Gold for the double-flowered Delphinium elatum ‘Dewi Spijker’ .
In the carnation category standard Dianthus ‘Antartica’ submitted by Fa. G. Zuurbier from Heerhugowaard won Best in Show.
In potted Hydrangeas, The Mastergrowers from De Lier scooped up the Best in Show award for its Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Magical Evolution Blue’.
Hermen de Graaf, secretary of the Stimuflori Foundation presented Delphinium grower N.G. Wigchert with the Floriade Excellence Award for its collection of double flowered Delphiniums. This award recognises blooms with the wow factor. The judges praised the explosion of Delphinium colours, truly unique in that Delphiniums predominantly sell on colour.
Delphinium elatum ‘Dewi Purple Smile’ submitted by Delphinium grower N.G. Wigchert, Dianthus standaard ‘Damascus’ from Fa. G. Zuurbier en Zn. and Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Cherry Kiss’ grown by Schroll-Flowers ended ex-aequo in the Visitor Vote.
The ninth Floriade Awards Ceremony took place in what, until 27 September, is the home of 13 alternating flower and plants shows: the Green House. The awards are a celebration of the high standards that have been achieved by growers worldwide who, by participating in the Floriade contests, demonstrate their commitment to quality flower and plant growing.
Altogether, Floriade’s Delphinium, Dianthus and potted Hydrangea contest included 84 entries from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Ethiopia.
The next Floriade Awards Ceremony is set for 25 August, with Gladiolus, cut Hydrangea and Kalanchoe in the limelight.