An award-winning Devonshire nursery has been short-listed for the prestigious International Grower of the Year 2013.
Family-run wholesaler Whetman Pinks, based in Dawlish, will take on growers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. The winner of the title, organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers in association with awards sponsor FloraCulture International, will be announced next month at an event at Niagara Falls, Canada.
Whetman Pinks was nominated for this prize by the NFU after winning several awards at the UK Grower of the Year event in March.
Managing director Carolyn Bourne said: “Naturally everyone on the nursery is thrilled to receive the NFU’s nomination after winning the Grower of the Year Award. It is a great honour to be acknowledged for demonstrating good business practice, investment in staff, equipment and development of new varieties of Dianthus.
“We have experienced such highs and lows over the past 18 months – the worry and frustration that two cold wet springs have wrought on the industry, contrasting with the euphoria of winning several awards, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding contribution to International Trade. We very much hope we can bring home the honours for the UK at the International Grower of the Year.”
NFU horticulture adviser Chris Hartfield said the honour proved the world-class calibre of British growers.
The shortlist will be judged by an expert jury from across the world.