BOSKOOP, The Netherlands: There were celebrations on exhibitor stands at the Plantarium show today after the winners of the annual industry awards were announced.
The prize for Best New Plant, as judged by the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society, was scooped by Hillegom-based Compass Plants BV for its new Astilbe ‘Chocolate Cherry’ (MIGHTY) with the judges commenting: “This huge Astilbe is one of the most perfect perennials and has many unique features. Its vigorous growth habit combines with towering spikes in velvety red. Reddish brown highlights mark the green, ferny foliage.”
As well as the Best New Plant, four other plants were also awarded gold medals by the jury. The jury felt that Hydrangea macrophylla ‘H213901’ by Hydrangea Breeders Association from De Kwakel was unique in the range.
With regard to Phlox ’11-17-1’ by Cultivaris from Heidesheim, Germany the jury said it differentiates itself by its vigorous growth and masses of beautiful flowers.
The jury was full of praise for Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Marvel’ by Florensis from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, highlighting its unique colour.
Sedum x orostachys ‘Blue Elf’from Gebr. Th. & W. Alkemade BV from Lisse scooped a gold medal as it is a highly versatile plant with many different applications and has an attractive plant shape, leaf colour and contrasting flower colour.
The jury awarded another 12 silver medals and 21 bronze medals.
The winners of the 2016 Plantarium Concept & Innovation Awards were also announced at a press dinner last night.
De Jong Plant BV from Boskoop and Heinje Pflanzen-Handel GmbH & Co from Edewecht (Germany) won the Concept Award for Hydrangea macrophylla Three Sisters, a colour mix of Hydrangea with high consumer appeal.
Joh. Stolwijk & Zonen Boomkwekerijen’s plant, which won the 2016 Plantarium Innovation Award, is Clematis ‘Taiga’ – truly a showstopper, producing masses of blooms all through the summer. The fully double flowers develop over three stages from the bud via single flowers to large, double flowers.
The judges extended their warmest congratulations to the winners and to all the companies who worked hard to develop these breeding breakthroughs and innovations and the members of Europe’s horticultural media (including FloraCulture International) who served as judges.
Plantarium 2016 runs from 24 to 27 August in the Plantarium building at the International Trade Centre Boskoop-Hazerswoude. For further information, please visit www.plantarium.nl