RIJSWIJK, Netherlands: Event centre De Broodfabriek in Rijswijk, Netherlands was the setting for the coveted 2015 Glass Tulip Awards, Holland’ green industry’s version of the Oscars that honours the best growers, the smartest merchandising concepts, the best market introductions and the most spectacular breeding breakthroughs.
Over the last months, customers of FloraHolland, gathered in a specialist jury, have been voting in the categories of cut flowers, indoor plants, garden plants and concepts, focusing on the practical value and the marketability of the nominated products. Five products from each category were put through to the final.
The Glass Tulips were handed out by the Dutch TV presenter and jury chairman Rob Verlinden during a gala dinner in Rijswijk on Thursday evening January 16. At this year’s awards ceremony, grower Together2Grow from Schipluiden won the first prize in the category cut flowers with the Alstroemeria Charmelia. Charmelia represents a completely new type of Alstroemeria, with strong branches and plenty of small, beautifully coloured flowers.
Handelskwekerij Lock CV from ’s-Gravenzande took first prize in the category of houseplants with its Haworthia limifolia ‘Spider White’ . This no-fuss houseplant features a beautifully-stripped pattern on both the top and the underside of the leaves. The plant is easy to grow and thrives even in shady indoor spaces.
Roland van der Werf from Boskoop won the Glass Tulip award in the garden plants category for his Skimmia japonica Pabella. This plant brings pleasure 365 days of the year. It has a profusion of vividly red coloured flowers which are followed by impressive clusters of berries.
Deservedly winning a place in the spotlight was the ‘No Water Flowers’ brand from grower Vreugdenhil Bulbs & Plants from ’s-Gravenzande. Their Amaryllis Waxz ® concept includes wax-dipped Amaryllis bulbs. Nothing rivals the beauty of an unfurling Amaryllis in winter time, but the bulb itself looked dull and dreary. Until now. Bulbs are dipped into multi-coloured wax (10 colours plus gold and silver available). Supplied on a metal support and labelled, the bulb will flower around six to ten weeks after having been placed in a living room. The Velvet Touchz concept features bulbs in a velvet jacket or colourful wrap.
A compilation of the judges’ comments and the award presentations will be broadcasted on Dutch television on Saturday February 14 (SBS6, Robs Grote Tuinverbouwing).
For more details visit www.floraholland.com/glazentulp