May 15, 2019

The International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2020, organized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and sponsored by Royal FloraHolland, is now open for entries. The award ceremony will be held in January 2020 at IPM Essen in Germany, to take place alongside the industry’s largest international trade fair.

AIPH welcomes entries from around the world. The IGOTY Awards celebrate best practice and recognize the best-of-the-best in ornamental production in five categories: finished plants and trees, young plants, cut flowers and bulbs, sustainability, and inspiring business. Within each category, bronze, silver and gold awards can be won. From among these categories, only one winner will be crowned the AIPH International Grower of the Year 2020 and receive the Gold Rose — the industry’s most coveted prize.

In 2012, Landscape Ontario member, Sheridan Nurseries of Georgetown, Ont., was named AIPH International Grower of the Year and presented with the Gold Rose Trophy. More recently, in 2016, Dutchmaster Nurseries in Brougham, Ont., qualified for the world title and went on to be recognized as a bronze finalist.

Candidates can enter the IGOTY Awards 2020 online at Entry closes Sept. 6, 2019. Judging will then take place by a panel of industry experts who will access the entrants on five key criteria: economic performance, innovation, market insight, sustainability and human resources policy. From the entries a shortlist will be selected.

All winners will be announced at the IGOTY Awards ceremony in January at the IPM Fairground, IPM Essen.

For queries on entering the awards, please email