ESSEN, Germany: Helleborus “King” collection of Special Plant Zundert (NL) is Thursday, January 30th at the tradefair IPM 2014 in Essen (D) awarded with the Colour your Life Award IPM 2014. A visitors jury and professional jury awarded this prize, because the company communicates in a compelling way the story behind the plant. The award ceremony was handed over at the joint Dutch BIZZ Holland stand by Jury President Egon Galinnis to a surprised Johan Jansen of Special Plant Zundert.
“For our company The Colour your life Award IPM 2014 is a crowning achievement on this fair and a golden crown on this plant”, was the reaction of Mr. Johan Jansen.
Secondly ended Hydrangea macrophylla Black Diamonds® of De Jong Plants, Boskoop (NL) and the third place was for Laurus nobilis of Gova BV, Nispen (NL).The other nominated plants were: Hydrangea macrophylla Forever&Ever® of Viva la Vida BV, Udenhout (NL), Duofruit of Fruithof Kapelle (NL), Dianthus l. Memories of Whetman Pinks (UK), Evercolor of Fitzgerald Nurseries (IE), Camellia japonica of Flora Toscana (IT), Hydrangea paniculata of Alex Schoemaker Boomkwekerij, Boskoop (NL), Syringa ‘Agnes Smith’ of Lakei boomkwekerijen, Lottum (NL), Blosjz Berry; Skimmia reevesiana of Roland van der werf, Boskoop (NL) en Kinder im Garten of BKN Strobel, Holm (DE).
The twelve nominated plants were displayed in two different locations. At the IPM east-entrance foyer visitors could judge the plants and their stories. There was also a central area for the presentation of nominated plants situated in hall 12 in the BIZZ Holland stand. Visitors had until Thursday morning to select and reward their favorite story with special coins; this could be done at either of the mentioned locations. On Thursday afternoon, a jury of experts consisting of Egon Galinnis (IPM), Sabine Müller (Deutsche Baumschule / Haymarket), Ute Busch (Ass. German Gardencenters (VDG), Wolfgang Bohlsen (Mein schöner Garten / Burda), Frank Teuber (Flowercouncil Holland ), and Michel Verbeek (FloraHolland) judged the plants and their stories. The winner was announced during the awards ceremony.
The Colour your life Award IPM 2014 contest is a collaboration between fair organizers IPM, Flowercouncil Holland and BIZZ Communications.
Pictured are the three winners, Johan Jansen (left) of Special Plant Zundert, Eelco Nell (center) of de Jong Plants and Charl and Jack Goossens Gova BV (right).