Greenhouse Grower’s Evening Of Excellence 2012 Wrapup

Evening of Excellence logo

It was an evening of excitement on July 16, 2012 as the winners of Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence and Grower of the Year Awards were announced. Nearly 400 members of the industry came together to recognize and celebrate achievement in breeding, growing and marketing.

Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ from Benary was the Industry’s Choice winner, while the Cool Wave pansy series from PanAmerican Seed won the Editors’ Choice award. Greenhouse Grower’s readers chose Leucanthemum ×superbum ‘Freak!’ from Blooms of Bressingham as the Readers’ Choice award winner.

Operation of the Year winners Ken and Leah James of James Greenhouses received their award to much applause, as did Lucas Greenhouses’ Joe Moore, recipient of the Head Grower of the Year award. Proven Winners was presented with their Industry Achievement Award and Conard-Pyle (now Star Roses and Plants) was recognized for Excellence in Marketing for Knock Out Roses. A special surprise was the first-ever Editor’s Award for Special Contributions to Floriculture, presented to long-time Greenhouse Grower editor Delilah Onofrey for her dedicated work in promoting and growing the industry.

It was a not-to-be-missed evening, but in case you did miss it, we took plenty of photos.

Operation of the Year: James Greenhouses

Ken and Leah James (center), owners of James Greenhouses, are winners of the 2012 Operation of the Year. They are pictured with Steve Larson, of BASF, which sponsored the Grower of the Year awards, and Greenhouse Grower Editor Robin Siktberg.

Ken and Leah James (center), owners of James Greenhouses, are winners of the 2012 Operation of the Year. They are pictured with Steve Larson, of BASF, which sponsored the Grower of the Year awards, and Greenhouse Grower Editor Robin Siktberg.

Head Grower Of The Year: Joe Moore

2012 Head Grower of the Year Joe Moore with BASF’s Steve Larson and Greenhouse Grower’s Robin Siktberg

2012 Head Grower of the Year Joe Moore with BASF’s Steve Larson and Greenhouse Grower’s Robin Siktberg

Industry’s Choice Award Winner: ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’

Matthias Redlefsen and the Industry’s Choice Award Benary received for B. boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset.’

Matthias Redlefsen and the Industry’s Choice Award Benary received for B. boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset.’

Industry’s Choice Award Winner: ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’

Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ from Benary

Industry’s Choice Winner  Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ from Benary

Editor’s Choice Award Winner: Pansy Cool Wave

Cool Wave pansies

Editors’ Choice Winner  Pansy Cool Wave series from PanAmerican Seed

Editor’s Choice Award Winner: Pansy Cool Wave

Mark Short, Anne Leventry and Claire Watson of PanAmerican Seed with the Editors’ Choice Award.

(L-R) Mark Short, Anne Leventry and Claire Watson of PanAmerican Seed with the Editors’ Choice Award.

Reader’s Choice Award Winner: Leucanthemum xsuperbum ‘Freak!’ from Blooms of Bressingham

Leucanthemum ×superbum ‘Freak!’

Reader’s Choice Winner Leucanthemum xsuperbum ‘Freak!’ from Blooms of Bressingham

Reader’s Choice Award Winner: Leucanthemum xsuperbum ‘Freak!’ from Blooms of Bressingham

Gary Doerr of Blooms of Bressingham with the Reader’s Choice award

Gary Doerr of Blooms of Bressingham with the Reader’s Choice award

Industry Achievement Award winner: Proven Winners.

Industry Achievement Award winner Proven Winners. (L-R) Henry Huntington, Jerry Church, Tom Smith, Sharon Smith, John Rader and Jeff Huntington.

Industry Achievement Award winner Proven Winners. (L-R) Henry Huntington, Jerry Church, Tom Smith, Sharon Smith, John Rader and Jeff Huntington.

Excellence In Marketing Award Winner: Star Roses And Plants

The Star Roses and Plants Team (Conard-Pyle) with the Excellence in Marketing Award. (L-R) Kyle McKean, Jacques Ferare, Steve Hutton, with Greenhouse Grower’s Robin Siktberg

The Star Roses and Plants Team (Conard-Pyle) with the Excellence in Marketing Award. (L-R) Kyle McKean, Jacques Ferare, Steve Hutton, with Greenhouse Grower’s Robin Siktberg

Editor’s Award for Special Contributions to Floriculture Winner: Delilah Onofrey

Delilah Onofrey (right), former editor of Greenhouse Grower, with Robin Siktberg, the current editor. Delilah was presented with the first-ever Editor’s Award for Special Contributions to Floriculture

Delilah Onofrey (right), former editor of Greenhouse Grower, with Robin Siktberg, the current editor. Delilah was presented with the first-ever Editor’s Award for Special Contributions to Floriculture

Head Grower of the Year finalist: Sam Rambo

Sam Rambo, center, Operation of the Year finalist, with Greenhouse Grower’s Robin Siktberg and BASF’s Steve Larson

Sam Rambo, center, Operation of the Year finalist, with Greenhouse Grower’s Robin Siktberg and BASF’s Steve Larson

Operation of the Year finalist: Plant Marketing

Larry Reit, owner of Plant Marketing, was a finalist for Operation of the Year.

Larry Reit, owner of Plant Marketing, was a finalist for Operation of the Year.

Head Grower of the Year finalist: Rob O’Hara

Rainbow Greenhouses’ head grower Rob O’Hara, finalist for Head Grower of the Year.

Rainbow Greenhouses’ head grower Rob O’Hara, finalist for Head Grower of the Year.

Head Grower of the Year finalist: John McLaren

Sheridan Nurseries’ John McLaren and his award for being a finalist for Head Grower of the Year

Sheridan Nurseries’ John McLaren and his award for being a finalist for Head Grower of the Year

Head Grower of the Year finalist: Victor Vasquez

Head Grower of the Year finalist Victor Vasquez of Park Hill Plants

Head Grower of the Year finalist Victor Vasquez of Park Hill Plants

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...
SunStanding-New-Guinea-Impatiens-Dummen-Orange-feature

December 7, 2017

Growing Tips From a Pro for SunStanding New Guinea Impatiens

SunStanding New Guinea impatiens hybrids spruce up the landscape with vibrant blooms that explode with color in both sun and shade areas, and they hold up well in heat and humidity.

Read More
Japan-Airlines-princettia

December 7, 2017

Suntory Pairs Princettia with Several Breast Cancer Awareness Promotions

Suntory Flowers is partnering with several major brands to support breast cancer awareness and fundraising, using its bright-pink Princettia euphorbias as the ideal plant for Pink Ribbon promotions.

Read More
Brandon-Coker-and-John-Ruter-University-of-Georgia

December 3, 2017

Great Plants for 2018 That Stand Up to Heat and Humidity

In his latest column, Allan Armitage credits trial managers at the University of Georgia, who have come up with an extensive list of plants that continually outperform others throughout the season.

Read More
Latest Stories
SunStanding-New-Guinea-Impatiens-Dummen-Orange-feature

December 7, 2017

Growing Tips From a Pro for SunStanding New Guinea Impa…

SunStanding New Guinea impatiens hybrids spruce up the landscape with vibrant blooms that explode with color in both sun and shade areas, and they hold up well in heat and humidity.

Read More
Japan-Airlines-princettia

December 7, 2017

Suntory Pairs Princettia with Several Breast Cancer Awa…

Suntory Flowers is partnering with several major brands to support breast cancer awareness and fundraising, using its bright-pink Princettia euphorbias as the ideal plant for Pink Ribbon promotions.

Read More
Brandon-Coker-and-John-Ruter-University-of-Georgia

December 3, 2017

Great Plants for 2018 That Stand Up to Heat and Humidit…

In his latest column, Allan Armitage credits trial managers at the University of Georgia, who have come up with an extensive list of plants that continually outperform others throughout the season.

Read More
Veronicastrum

December 1, 2017

Kelly Norris On How You Can Sell a New Landscape, With …

In his latest column, Kelly Norris says programs like Plant Select deliberately set out to change the market demand for a different palette of plants. Their success should serve as an example for how to authentically connect the gardening experience of a particular region with the supply chain.

Read More
MSU-Annual-Trial-Garden

November 29, 2017

2017 Michigan State University Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

Read More
MOBOT-Trial-Gardens

November 27, 2017

2017 Missouri Botanical Garden Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO.

Read More
ISU-Trial-Beds

November 26, 2017

2017 Iowa State University/Reiman Gardens Field Trials …

Check out the 2017 field trials results for Iowa State University/Reiman Gardens in Ames, IA.

Read More
Lucas Greenhouses 2017 Container Trials

November 25, 2017

2017 Lucas Greenhouses Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results from Lucas Greenhouses in Monroeville, NJ.

Read More
Upper-garden_Mast-Young

November 24, 2017

2017 Mast Young Plants Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results from Mast Young Plants in Grand Rapids, MI.

Read More
Pentas-Graffitti-Lipstick

November 23, 2017

2017 Dallas Arboretum Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, TX.

Read More
Pentas-Lucky-Star-Red

November 22, 2017

2017 Louisiana State University Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results Louisiana State University in Hammond, LA.

Read More
Echeveria-First-Lady

November 21, 2017

2017 D.S. Cole Growers Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, NH.

Read More
Millet-Copper-Prince

November 20, 2017

2017 Colorado State University Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Read More
Achillea-Ritzy-Ruby

November 19, 2017

2017 Green Leaf Plants Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for Green Leaf Plants in Lancaster, PA.

Read More
Ball-Bed-with-Midnight-Snack-tomato_Cornell

November 18, 2017

2017 Cornell University Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Read More
Pepper Cayenne ‘Red Ember’ (Johnny’s Selected Seeds)

November 17, 2017

Presenting All-America Selections’ Latest Round of Awar…

All-America Selections has announced the latest round of its award-winning varieties, each of which was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges.

Read More
Eason-New-Calibrachoa-Hi-Graft

November 14, 2017

Eason Horticultural Resources Introduces New Decorative…

Created by Hishtil Nursery in Israel, the new decorative forms of calibrachoa feature an 8- to 12-inch stem and come in four colors of calibrachoa blooms on top.

Read More
Pennisetum glaucum 'Copper Prince'

November 13, 2017

Top Performing Plant Varieties from 2017 Field Trials

See some of plant varieties that made top performer lists in 2017 field trials across the country.

Read More