Greenhouse Grower Honors 2015 Medal Of Excellence Breeding Award Winners

Greenhouse Grower announced its Medal of Excellence winners at the Evening of Excellence, held Monday, July 13 at Cultivate’15  in Columbus, Ohio.

The Readers’ Choice Award was presented to Terra Nova Nurseries for Leucanthemum ‘Luna,’ the Industry’s Choice Award went to Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath’ from Sakata Seed and the Editor’s Choice Award was given to Basil ‘Balsamic Blooms’ from EuroAmerican Propagators

Read on to learn more about the varieties that were finalists for the Medal Of Excellence Editor’s Choice, Industry’s Choice and Readers’ Choice Breeding Awards. Thank you to the 2015 sponsors of Greenhouse Grower‘s Medal Of Excellence Awards, Landmark Plastic, Nufarm and Stockosorb.

Editor’s Choice
Asclepias ‘Monarch Promise’ (Hort Couture)
Basil ‘Balsamic Blooms’ (EuroAmerican Propagators)
Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath’ (Sakata Seed)
Dianthus Jolt Series (PanAmerican Seed)
Salvia Grandstand Series (Green Fuse Botanicals)
Scabiosa ‘Kudos Pink’ (Hishtil Nurseries)

Industry’s Choice
Basil ‘Balsamic Blooms’ (EuroAmerican Propagators)
Bidens BeeDance Series (Suntory Flowers)
Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath’ (Sakata Seed)
Dianthus Jolt Series (PanAmerican Seed)
Lobelia ‘Starship Deep Rose’ (Kieft Seed)
Vinca Valiant Series (PanAmerican Seed)

Readers’ Choice

Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath’ (Sakata Seed)
Leucanthemum ‘Luna’ (Terra Nova Nurseries)
Rose ‘First Editions Above And Beyond’ (Bailey Nurseries)





Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence Awards has been the floriculture industry’s premier awards and recognition program for more than 25 years. Three awards are presented for Breeding, including the Editor’s Choice Award, chosen by Greenhouse Grower Editor Laura Drotleff; the Industry’s Choice Award, based on a selection of varieties chosen by an industry panel during California Spring Trials; and the Readers’ Choice Award, in which breeding companies submit varieties for readers to vote on their favorite new introduction.

Many thanks to Greenhouse Grower’s Industry’s Choice Panel for 2015:
The Metrolina Team: Abe Van Wingerden, Sim McMurry, Mark Yelanich
The Welby Gardens Team: Al Gerace, Marty Gerace, John Gerace, Mandy Foster, Victor Vargas, Elena Vargas
The Mast Young Plants Team: Jim Raterink, Laura Robles, Brian Weesies
The Raker Team: Susie Raker, Steve Reed, Greg Michalak
The Armstrong Team: James Russell, Heather Hydoski, Anthony Pytel, John Mellon
Vaughn Fletcher, McHutchison
Mike Duvall, The Home Depot
Tim Runte, Calloway Gardens
Dr. Allan Armitage, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, University of Georgia
Laura Drotleff, Greenhouse Grower


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