Come and join a celebration of the best of the best in ornamental horticulture at the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2022, held at GreenTech Amsterdam from 6pm on 14th June. Book your tickets now for an evening of celebration, food, drink and the opportunity to network with industry leaders.
Organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) with the support of headline sponsor Royal FloraHolland, the awards recognise best practice in four categories: finished plants and trees, young plants, cut flowers and bulbs, and sustainability.
Nine ornamentals growers from around the globe have reached the final. There will be winners in each category, but only one will be will be crowned the ‘AIPH International Grower of the Year 2022’ and receive the ‘Gold Rose’ – the industry’s most coveted prize.
Brookdale Treeland Nurseries Limited, Canada: one of the largest and most respected growers of garden plants in Canada, BTN specialises in trees, flowering shrubs, evergreens, perennials and tropicals. They operate from five locations with over 500 acres in production and service over 2,400 retail stores throughout Canada and the US.
Bunnik Group Bv., Netherlands: established in 1945, Bunnik Plants is a 25+ hectare company producing 40-50 types of green houseplants. Each week one million houseplants leave the company, ready for the windowsill.
Jens Meyer Jungpflanzen, Germany: Jens Meyer Jungpflanzen is the largest European producer in conifer plant propagation. In addition to a total of 500,000 conifer and deciduous graftings, 2.5 million cuttings are propagated annually.
Luxaflor Roses, Zimbabwe: Luxaflor is a producer and exporter of premium cut roses. An important and consistent earner of foreign currency since 1994, it boasts world-class facilities on its farm in Concession.
Matina Flowers S.A.S, Columbia: Matina Flowers grow 47 rose cultivars and enjoy world-class recognition as Colombian flower exporters. They operate within a novel business model comprising four associate companies bringing together 500 ha in production and 30 years’ experience.
Metrolina Greenhouses, USA: established in 1972 by Tom and Vickie VanWingerden, Metrolina is a family-owned business that grows and delivers live plants to over 1,400 retail outlets throughout fourteen states on the east coast of the United States.
Prim’rose (SCA Clementine), Morocco: A branch of the Delassus Group, Prim’rose has been producing and exporting flowers since 1984 and is today one of the leaders in mini carnations, delivering nearly 60 million stems into the English market.
Sitio Kolibri, Brazil: since 1994, Sitio Kolibri has produced Phalaenopsis Orchids. They specialise in producing in the most sustainable way, focusing on good labour relations and delivering healthy plants to their customers.
Wagagai Limited, Uganda: Wagagai Ltd mainly produce begonias, chrysanthemums and poinsettias, but also many pot plant cuttings. Based in the south of Uganda, they supply several prominent European breeders and growers.
The finalists were assessed by an esteemed international judging panel, chaired by Mr Tim Edwards, Chairman of Boningale Nurseries (UK). Jury members were Mr Jan-Dieter Bruns, Managing Director of Bruns Pflanzen and President of the European Nursery Stock Association (ENA) (Germany); Mr André van Kruijssen, CEO of Plantion (Netherlands); Mr Poul Graff, CEO of Graff Breeding A/S (Denmark); Mr Augusto Solano, President of industry body Asocolflores (Colombia); and Mr. Hiroshi Sakata, President of the Japan Home Garden Association (Japan).
Book your tickets now to ensure your place at the IGOTY Awards Ceremony. Tickets cost only €50 (incl. VAT) per person. Groups of five tickets are available for the discounted price of €200 and groups of ten for €350. Tickets can be purchased here: aiph.org/event/igoty-2022
The IGOTY 2022 Awards are supported by headline sponsor Royal FloraHolland, founding partner FloraCulture International, sapphire sponsor Expo 2021 Hatay, ruby sponsors GLOBALG.A.P. and GGN Label and GreenTech, pearl sponsor Freddie’s Flowers, flower sponsor Dutch Flower Group, and awards partners CIOPORA and World Horti Center.