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Sheridan Nurseries International Grower of the Year

September 17, 2013  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

img_6667Sept. 17, 2013, Niagara Falls, ON — Sheridan Nurseries has received the International Horticultural Producers Association's (AIPH) prestigious International Grower of the Year award for an unprecedented two years in a row.

Beating off strong competition from renowned international horticultural companies, Sheridan Nurseries has been awarded the association's Golden Rose award in the annual International Grower of the Year 2013 competition. 

"To receive this honour for a second time is an absolute testament to the dedication and skills of our entire team at Sheridan. Our nursery, marketing, financial and purchasing employees all had a part in making this happen. To receive it during our 100th anniversary in business is 'icing on the cake' for an outstanding year," said Karl E. Stensson, president of Sheridan Nurseries.


Sheridan Nurseries was pre-selected by the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association to represent Canada in the annual International Grower of the Year contest after winning the national Royal Bank of Canada Grower of the Year Award in February. The company was recognized for its innovative emphasis on new plant varieties each year, excellent environmental and sustainable production policies, marketing and after sales support, as well as its human resource and educational policies, and market place position.

“This award is given to the best of the best from around the world. The standard of entries goes up all the time and each year the award demonstrates the outstanding professionalism and integrity shown by the world's leading nurseries,” said Tim Briercliffe, AIPH secretary general.

The annual jury selection of International Grower of the Year gala was held in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Sept. 11. Sheridan faced competition from leading international nurseries who were also recognized during the gala.  Other winners included:

  • Silver Rose: Sion (The Netherlands) for its strong growth and clear vision supporting business growth
  • Bronze Rose: Romberama (Belgium)
  • Fourth place: Whetman Pinks (United Kingdom)

This award comes as Sheridan Nurseries is celebrating its 100th year in business in Canada. 

“As one of the few family owned businesses still operating in Canada after 100 years, we believe our success has become intrinsically linked to our standards of excellence and strong brand presence within the sector. I believe this award is a reflection of our company values and hard work over the last century," said Stensson.

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