GHENT, Belgium: Flanders Expo in Ghent was the setting for the coveted Florall Awards, Belgium’s green industry’s version of the Oscars that honours the best growers, the smartest merchandising concepts and the most spectacular breeding breakthroughs.
At this year’s Autumn awards ceremony on Wednesday August 24, grower Willy De Nolf, running a 25 ha plant nursery in Waregem, Belgium was presented with the Florall Gold Medal, which was given for his Potentilla fruticosa ‘Lemon Meringue’.
Potentilla fruticosa Lemon Meringue, bred at the Morden Research Centre in Manitoba, Canada, has light yellow double flowers that might remind you of a rose. Blooms all summer on a tidy little plant that forms a round, compact ball with little pruning required. Bred on the cold Canadian plains, it is tough and hardy to zone 2.
Belgicactus from Westerlo, Belgium took the Silver Medal for its Echeveria zahnii, a highly variable cultivar with large rosettes to 15cm. Long spatulate leaves variegated in pale blue-green, mauve, pink and cream, covered in a silver waxy. Flowers are orange / pink. Sun/part sun.
DS Plant from Zwevezele, Belgium received the Florall Bronze Award for their stylish pot covers used for marketing Helleborus ‘Christmas Carol’ as the ultimate Christmas gift.