Winners at the international nursery stock trade fair, which opened in Boskoop this morning (27 August2008), also included Elburg Botanic Media for best stand, Gootjes-Allplant for best seedlings, and Klimplantenkwekerij for best retail stand.
Best trade stand was awarded to Aquaflora Vinkeveen, while Nolina Kwekerijen scooped best production as well as the overall winner accolade.
An international jury of horticultural journalists, chaired by Netherlands magazine Passie Voor Tuinen director Lieuwe Zander, awarded the press prize to Fitzgerald Nurseries.
The Irish nursery won the prize for its My Plant concept; a range of easy-to-grow plants aimed at consumers who are not expert gardeners but recognise the aesthetic and environmental benefits.
A total of 15 entries competed for the Plantarium press award, including Syngenta, Hortis Holland and Lancashire-based Northern Liner Company.
Fitzgerald Nurseries managing director Pat Fitzgerald said: This is the first time we’ve won a prize at Plantarium and we are very pleased.
It is good to win something in Holland and I feel very honoured.