Grower of the Year Awards 2012 - The WINNERS

Last night the cream of UK horticulture production were celebrated at the Grower of the Year Awards.

Grower of the Year Awards 2012 - image: HW
Grower of the Year Awards 2012 - image: HW

Some 500 attendees gathered at Lancaster London to watch Lincolnshire Herbs and Lovania Nurseries collect top honours, winning Grower of the Year for edibles and ornamentals respectively.

Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe opened proceedings and TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon was on hand to present the accolades.

Horticulture Week would like to thanks the sponsors who were: NFU, Agrovista, Floramedia, Asda, Botanicoir, Quinton Edwards, Landgard, New Spitalfields Market, Rijk Zwaan, MorePeople, LS Systems, XL Horticulture, Syngenta and ProTech.

For more on the Grower of the Year Awards see

Award winners:

Best New Variety - Edibles
'Vibrant' Early Season Strawberry, Meosis
Highly Commended: UK Bambinella pear, Worldwide Fruit
Sponsor: Syngenta

Best New Variety - Bedding Plants
Petunia 'Phantom' Petunia X Hybrida, Ball Colegrave
Highly Commended: Sunflower ‘Waooh!’ plants and seeds,
Suttons Seeds
Sponsor: Landgard

Best New Variety - Hardy Nursery Stock
Rose Joie de Vivre, John Woods Nurseries
Highly Commended: Buddleja Chip Range, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company
Sponsor: Landgard

Best New Variety - Herbaceous Perennials
Digitalis 'Serendipity', Hillier Nurseries
Highly Commended: Digitalis ‘Illumination’, Thompson & Morgan Young Plants and Dianthus Memories, The Bransford
Webbs Plant Company
Sponsor: Landgard

Consumer Marketing Campaign
Hunt for the Nations' Herb Heroes, Mustard Communications with The British Herb Trade Association
Highly Commended: Back to Black, Blackcurrant Foundation
Sponsor: Pro-Tech Marketing

Trade Marketing Campaign
Pansy Panola Royal Wedding Mix, Ball Colegrave
Highly Commended: QV Foods

Salad Grower
Lincolnshire Herbs
Highly Commended: East Coast Growers
Sponsor: Rijk Zwaan

Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year
JA Collinson & Sons
Highly Commended: RF Lawrence & Sons/Chrysanthemums Direct

Top Fruit Grower of the Year
AC Goatham & Son
Highly Commended: Newmafruit Farms
Sponsor: Agrovista

Nursery Stock Grower of the Year
Lovania Nurseries
Highly Commended: Palmstead Nurseries
Sponsor: XL Horticulture

Vegetable Grower of the Year
Lincolnshire Field Products
Sponsor: New Spitalfields Market

Soft Fruit Grower of the Year
Vicarage Nurseries
Highly Commended: AJ Busby & Son
Sponsor: Botanicoir

Sales and Marketing Professional
Nick Coslett, Palmstead Nurseries
Sponsored by MorePeople

Young Grower
Matthew Rawson, El Rawson and Co
Sponsor: NFU

Grower of the Year - Ornamentals
Lovania Nurseries

Grower of the Year - Edibles
Lincolnshire Herbs
Sponsor: by NFU

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
Graham Ward, chief executive, Stockbridge Technology Centre
Sponsor: ASDA

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