December 5, 2022
AIPH elects new President and VPs

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) elected Leonardo Capitanio as its new president. As an ornamental plant grower in Monopoli, Italy, with a past role as president of the Italian Nursery Stock Exporters Association (ANVE), and more recently working as a vice-president at AIPH, Capitanio has been involved in international cooperation across the horticulture industry for many years.

“Horticulture is my life,” Capitanio said. “My father was a nurseryman, and I was eight when I began to follow in his footsteps. Now, I aim to help the industry to pass through this challenging season gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic and crazy energy costs. I have a vision of a more developed horticulture industry supported by strong technology solutions that can help the entire supply chain.”

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AIPH President Leonardo Capitanio, Bernard Oosterom and AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe

Amongst his aims for AIPH are to make it a global resource for promoting Green Cities, promoting international horticultural exhibitions, collating and disseminating data and information on the international ornamental horticultural industry, and further developing the association’s network.

Capitanio succeeds Bernard Oosterom from the Netherlands, who has served as president since 2015. Bill Hardy was elected as the second AIPH vice-president alongside Jianping Zhou from China. Hardy is first vice-president of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and the owner of Grow and Gather in Maple Ridge, B.C. 

International Statistics — Flowers and Plants 2022

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AIPH in association with Union Fleurs, the International Flower Trade Association, recently launched the 70th version of the International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2022. The International Statistics Flowers and Plants Yearbook has the most comprehensive production and trade data collection for the ornamental plants and flower industry. It is now available to purchase and instantly download from