Van Belle Nursery in Abbotsford has been nominated for an international award.

Van Belle Nursery in Abbotsford has been nominated for an international award.

Abbotsford nursery nominated for Grower of the Year

Van Belle Nursery in the running for international honour

Van Belle Nursery in Abbotsford has been nominated for the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2018.

Innovation and company culture earned Van Belle Nursery the title of Canadian Grower of the Year in 2016, and it was that honour which qualified their entry for Canada for IGOTY 2018.

The awards ceremony will take place Jan. 23 in Essen, Germany.

Van Belle Nursery – a wholesale grower and propagator of ornamental plants – is among eight other finalists from Columbia, China, Israel, and the Netherlands.

Winners for each of three main categories will be announced during the international horticulture trade show.

Because Van Belle Nursery produces both young plants and finished plants and trees, they have a chance to win in either category.

“Our team is energized and humbled to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” said president Dave Van Belle.

“We try our best to do things differently and design innovative solutions that bring unique value to our partners.

“At the same time, we’ve doubled down on our company culture and core values over the last decade, and it’s paying off.”

Visit aiph.org/groweroftheyear for more about the finalists.