Nursery stock finalists from Belgium, China, The Netherlands and UK to battle it out at awards ceremony

Posted On 12 Dec 2016
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aiph_38861288351ESSEN, Germany: Finished plants and trees growers from Belgium, China, The Netherlands and UK are contenders for the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) 2017. In total nine ornamental growers have been shortlisted as finalists for the award which will be presented on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at the Colosseum Theatre in Essen, Germany.

Nominations finished plants and trees growers:

  • Boterdaele Erik bvba – Belgium

Boterdaele Erik bvba is a family business situated near Ghent in Belgium. The owners, Erik and Isabelle, have grown the company considerably and today it produces and sells 500,000 plants a year out of its cultivation area of 4,2 hectares.

  • Gui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture Co.,Ltd – China

Gui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture is a pioneer in nursery stocks production and landscape construction in China. Every year the company produces about five million nursery stocks of different types and sizes for the market, including 56 species and 42,000 modelling plants.

  • Boomkwekerij Ebben B.V. – The Netherlands

Ebben Nurseries is an innovative company in the horticultural sector presenting a healthy and wide range of tress and with more than 154 years of knowledge and experience.

  • Bransford Nurseries – UK

Bransford Nurseries was formed by John Tooby in 1961 as a pioneering producer of roses, trees and shrubs in pots. Focussing exclusively on the production and sale of ornamental plants to retailers the nursery became an important and respected supplier.

The awards takes place during the week of IPM Essen, the world’s leading horticultural trade fair. The evening ceremony includes a drinks reception, gala dinner, live entertainment and provides a great opportunity for international networking.

Don’t miss the early bird tickets which are available until 31 December at 180 EUR per person, and 170 EUR per person for table bookings of ten people.

Find out more about the finalists and how to book tickets at

Brought to you by AIPH in partnership with Founding Partner, FloraCulture International (FCI), the IGOTY awards have been championing outstanding achievement in the sector since 2010. They recognise best practice in horticultural production by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the globe, celebrating the expertise and energy they give to horticulture. In 2016 ornamentals growers from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, UK and USA reached the finals, where Costa Farms, US, became IGOTY winner 2016.

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