DIDCOT, UK: A high calibre jury of six internationally renowned ornamental horticulture experts have selected nine finalists for the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Awards 2019. The awards celebrate best practice and recognise the ‘best of the best’ in ornamentals production.
The winners of the industry’s most prestigious awards will be announced at the International Grower of the Year event on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at the IPM Fairground in Essen, Germany.
Butterfly Garden, (Denmark)
Clematis The Source of Good Climbers, (Poland)
Fujian Hongzhan Landscape Engineering Co. Ltd. (China)
Inner Mongolia M·Grass Ecological Environment (Group) Co.ltd. (China)
Jiangsu Zhonghe Flowers Co.Ltd. (China)
OK Plant, (the Netherlands)
Oserian Development Company Limited, (Kenya)
Sichuan Colorlink Co.Ltd, (China)
Chaired by AIPH Vice President Tim Edwards (UK), the expert judging panel includes Dr Zhao Shiwei, Vice President of the World Federation of Rose Societies (China), Jan-Dieter Bruns, Chairman of the European Nurserystock Association (Germany), Mike Rimland, Director of R&D, Indoor Plant Division, Costa Farms (USA), André van Kruijssen, General Director of Veiling Holambra Cooperative (Brazil) and Leo Hoogendoorn, CEO of Florensis (the Netherlands).
Entries for the 2019 Awards were received from around the world and were judged on five key criteria; economic performance, innovation, market insight, sustainability and human resources policy. The 2019 finalists come from six different countries – Belgium, China, Denmark, Kenya, the Netherlands and Poland. The nine finalists are:
The awards will be presented for four categories; finished plants and trees, young plants, cut flowers and bulbs and, lastly, sustainability. One category winner will be crowned AIPH International Grower of the Year 2019 and receive the ‘Gold Rose’ – the most coveted prize of the evening.
All winners will be announced live on the evening of Tuesday 22nd January. The event includes a drinks reception, gala dinner, awards ceremony and an evening of live musical entertainment. Tickets are available at aiph.org/groweroftheyear/. Early bird discount ends Friday 14th December 2018. The early bird ticket price is €205 per person/ €185 per person for groups of ten. The full ticket price is €225 per person / €205 per person for groups of ten. The ticket price also includes admission to IPM Essen – the industry’s largest international trade fair.
The event is proudly sponsored by headline sponsor Royal FloraHolland, founding sponsor FloraCulture International, IPM Essen 2019, Poppleman, Kuehne + Nagel, Florensis and GreenTech.