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Canadian nursery shortlisted for international award

July 30, 2014  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

July 31, 2014, United Kingdom – A Canadian grower has made the shortlist for the International Association of Horticultural Producers' (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Awards.

AIPH's shortlist was chosen by an international jury that reviewed nominations submitted by AIPH member grower organizations from around the world.

The growers on the shortlist for this year's awards are:

  • Canada's Winkelmolen Nursery, a tree and shrub grower in Lynden, Ont., situated on 600 acres of land and producing trees and shrubs for garden centres, cities, conservation areas and other nurseries.
  • China's Fujian Liancheng Orchid Corp., an orchid breeder and grower based in the Fujian province of China, with three production bases growing more than 11 million orchids a year.
  • Denmark's Queen Nursery, owned by Knud Jepsen, a producer and developer of kalanchoe, based on a 120,000 m2 nursery north of Aarhus, producing 22 million plants a year and selling products in 75 countries.
  • The Netherlands' Schoneveld Breeding, a specialist in flowering pot plants including cyclamen and primula, with a substantial share of the world market for cyclamen: approximately 80 per cent in the Netherlands, 50 per cent in Europe and 35 per cent worldwide.

“This year we have seen a record number of nominations for the competition so to have reached the shortlist is a significant achievement for each of these businesses. Each one, in their own way, is helping to set the standard for quality plant production to drive the industry forward into the future. I am personally looking forward to meeting each of these finalists and congratulating them on their success,” said Vic Krahn, president of AIPH.

The winner of the International Grower of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on Sept. 17 during the AIPH Annual Congress at the Expo Plaza Hotel in Qingdao, China. The winner will receive a golden rose trophy. Runners-up will receive silver and bronze roses and fourth place will receive a special plaque.

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