He started Woodlark Nurseries from a greenfield site in 1963. Woodlark celebrated 50 years in business in 2013 and won the British Protected Oornamentals Association Kentia Palm award.
Woodlark managing director Colin Edwards said: "It has been a pleasure to both work and know Ian for more than 30 years. He enjoyed the buzz of the business and will be greatly missed by all the staff." Hopkins leaves a wife, Brenda, and daughter Lucy.