Belgium Mums Grower Wins International Grower of the Year Award

Belgium Mums Grower Wins International Grower of the Year Award

Gediflora, the AIPH 2019 International Grower of the YearBelgium-based Gediflora took home the 2019 International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Award during this past week’s IPM Essen trade fair in Germany.

Gediflora won the Gold Rose award, presented by Steven van Schilfgaarde of Royal FloraHolland, and were also Gold award winners in the Young Plants category at the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) IGOTY Awards. The awards program, now in its tenth year, is held annually to celebrate excellence and best practice in ornamentals production.

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Overall winner Gediflora is a breeder and propagator of potted chrysanthemums. Now a third-generation business, it services more than 30 countries and has more than 50% market share in Europe, 30% in the U.S., and 40% worldwide. The company’s mission is to make growers successful with their “golden genetics,” which produce a wide and innovative variety of easy-to-grow ball-shaped mums.

The AIPH IGOTY Jury, comprised of six internationally renowned horticulture experts chaired by AIPH Vice President Tim Edwards, noted that “Gediflora excels in its field and is true to its motto: ‘Dream, dare, do, and do better’. As a worldwide leading specialist in chrysanthemums, this business demonstrates outstanding innovation and production and is a reliable and inspiring partner for growers.”

Other IGOTY 2019 category winners were:

Young Plants
• Gold: Gediflora, Belgium
• Silver: Clematis The Source of Good Climbers, Poland
• Bronze: Sichuan Colorlink Co. Ltd., China

Finished Plants & Trees
• Gold: Clematis The Source of Good Climbers, Poland
• Silver: OK Plant, the Netherlands
• Bronze: Fujian Hongzhan Landscape Engineering Co. Ltd., China

Cut Flowers
• Gold: Oserian Development Company Limited, Kenya
• Silver: Jiangsu Zhonghe Flowers Co. Ltd., China

Sustainability
• Gold: Inner Mongolia M*Grass Ecological Environment (Group) Co. Ltd., China
• Silver: Butterfly Garden, Denmark

“The 2019 IGOTY Awards provide an opportunity to put a spotlight on the best in our industry, showing the world the quality businesses that exist,” said Bernard Oosterom, President of AIPH.

The AIPH IGOTY 2019 Awards were supported by headline sponsor Royal FloraHolland, founding partner FloraCulture International, venue partner IPM Essen, and sponsors Pöppelmann, Kuehne + Nagel, Florensis, GreenTech, and Flormart.

Entry to the International Grower of the Year Awards 2020 will be open from March–July 2019.