It was a big night for potted herb grower Frank Köllen, who was honoured with the Taspo/IPM Gold Entrepreneur of the Year Award at a glitzy award ceremony in Berlin’s Grand Hyatt on Friday, 11 November 2022.
The 16th Taspo Awards is an annual event celebrating and recognising inspirational entrepreneurs from German ornamental horticulture.
In accepting his award Köllen, who with his wife Katherina grows Bioland-certified herbs, pointed to the positive power of the company’s products and invited the entire industry to use that competitive advantage.
Nominees cannot apply for this award but are selected by a panel of expert judges who primarily focus on the personality of potential winners. The jury awards people, ideas and concepts in 16 categories relating to new milestones in products, companies, marketing and management.
Florensis Deutschland won the RAM Award, which recognises the Breeding Programme of the Year. The jury praised their Petunia Grandiflora ‘Bee’s Knees’ and called the plant the new standard in yellow Petunias.
The FleuraMetz Award for the Best Next Generation Product Offering went to cacti growers Stefan and Maria for their online cacti delivery service Pasiora.
The TASPO Award for the Best Product Idea went to seed2soil, TriSpacer Rückegabel. At the same time, the Quince Project Bergstraße, Müller & Stadler scooped up the Taspo Best Concept Award for its efforts to maintain and protect the heirloom varieties of Cydonia.
Taspo’s Garden Project of the Year Award went to the garden of Peter Sturm, a romantic city garden next to a century-old half-timbered house.
The Pöppelmann Award recognising the Plant Grower of the Year went to Bio Baumschule Geers, a company that grows bio-certified fruits in container pots.
BLÜH – BLÜHENDER – BLÜH AUF! from Recklinghausen accepted the Christmas World Florist of the Year Award. At the same time, Grünes Zentrum Krottenbach/Baumschule Schopf/ Erlebnisbaumschule Schopf took home the Veiling Rhein-Maas Award for plant nursery of the year.
The spoga+gafa Award for Garden Centre of the Year went to Holland-Park.
The BLOOMWAYS Award recognising excellence in plant marketing went to Kordes Jungpflanzen for their Hydrangea Dolly Buster campaign that made headlines because of its glitzy name-giving ceremony in Hamburg last summer.
The Environment Award for the best point of purchase display went to VEG/ City c/o changesolutions.
The Johannes Schuetze AG Award for the Business Idea of the Year went to mm-lab/Smart Kompakt, an irrigation tool for urban green spaces.
The FLEUROP Award for the Best Concept/Education Centre went to Gartencenter Brockmeyer.
Bionero Terra Preta Erden and Fertiliser was presented with the Landgard Sustainability Award.
The Modiform Award, recognising excellence in collaboration, went to Landgard Fachhandel/ Landgard Service/LANDLUST Kollektion.
Finally, the Benary Award recognising perseverance in times of crisis, went to Blüh auf! Blumenhandwerk/Blühender wird’s nicht.