United Kingdom-Based Greenwood Plants Named International Grower of the Year

Greenwood Plants - Gold Rose WebGreenwood Plants, a United Kingdom-based wholesale nursery, was named the International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) for 2024 by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). The “Gold Rose” award was presented to Greenwood Plants by AIPH President Leonardo Capitanio at the AIPH IGOTY Awards Ceremony 2024 on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, at IPM Essen in Germany.

Founded in 2009 with the support of FloraCulture International, the AIPH IGOTY Awards recognize best practice in horticulture by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the globe, celebrating the expertise and energy they give to horticulture.

Greenwood Plants is a landscape supply nursery that specializes in the new build property, commercial, and infrastructure sectors. With more than 100 acres, it produces around 6 million plants a year across its six nursery sites. In 2023, the company was awarded the HTA Peat-free Grower of the Year due to its commitment to sustainability.

“The team will be so delighted to have won this award,” says Melanie Asker, Managing Director of Greenwood Plants. “They’ve been really excited and it’s an absolute credit to their hard work. It’s a great accolade and the support that we’ve had from across the industry in the UK has been amazing, so it’s something everyone can be proud of.”

In addition to the Gold Rose Award, Greenwood Plants also won the Finished Plants & Trees category, presented by Torben Brinkmann, Head of Projects, IPM Essen, and the Sustainability category, presented by Sarah von Fintel, Key Account Manager for GlobalG.A.P. and G.N.N. Label.

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“Greenwood Plants is an innovative producer of landscape-ready plants and is a recognized leader in what they do,” the IGOTY 2024 jury commented. “They conduct every action with environmental sustainability in mind and they have been proactive in innovatively marketing their products and the industry as a whole.”

The IGOTY 2024 category winners are:

Young International Grower of the Year

  • Winner: Colin Fernandes (Kenya)
  • Finalist: Tomasz Dźwigoń (Poland)
  • Finalist: Zhuoer Fang (China)

Cut Flowers and Bulbs

  • Winner: Beyond Chrysant (Netherlands)
  • Finalist: Yunnan Yunxiu Flower Co. Ltd. (China)

Young Plants

  • Winner: Sjaak van Schie (Netherlands)
  • Finalist: Guangzhou Flower Research Center (China)
  • Finalist: Yunnan Shining Flora Co., Ltd. (China)

Finished Plants and Trees

  • Winner: Greenwood Plants (UK)
  • Finalist: Huverba BV (Netherlands)
  • Finalist: Kwekerij Dirk Mermans (Belgium)


  • Winner: Greenwood Plants (UK)
  • Finalist: Beyond Chrysant (Netherlands)
  • Finalist: Fitoralia (Spain)
  • Finalist: Kwekerij Dirk Mermans (Belgium)

For more information about each of the winners, take a look at a digital Winners Brochure here.

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