Golden medals for HBA at IGA Berlin 2017

On the final day of the IGA Berlin on October 15, the Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) received the State Award in Gold for the best plant breeding efforts. With as many as five gold medals for individually awarded novelties, HBA was by far the lead-winner of all contenders at the novelty contests of the indoor exhibitions at the IGA Berlin. The Gold medals were achieved with Double Pink, Green Lips, Curly® Sparkle Hot Pink, Ice Girl and Caipirinha.

With the support of Baumschule Artmeyer, the plants were presented jointly during the IGA.

Jürgen Gerdvordermark of Kötterheinrich (middle) receives the State Prize on behalf of HBA from Clemens Neumann (Director Ministry of Agriculture) and Jürgen Mertz (ZVG). Photo:©Uhlemann

Hydrangea Breeders Association is the successful collaboration between breeder Agriom (De Kwakel), Kötterheinrich (Lengerich) and Heuger (Glandorf) and develops hydrangeas for the indoor, outdoor and cut flower market.

The biennial International Horticulture Exhibition is the most important horticulture and consumer event in Germany. With the State Prize, the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture encourages and honors special breeding efforts.

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