2024 Evening of Excellence Finalists Announced for Breeding Awards


After many new introductions earlier this year, some varieties stand out from the rest. Greenhouse Grower gives out three awards in breeding at the Evening of Excellence on July 15. The Industry’s Choice Award, Readers’ Choice Award, and Editor’s Choice Award recognize excellence in breeding. Keep reading for a list of the finalists for the awards and click through this slideshow to see each variety. Evening of Excellence is held on Monday, July 15 in Union Station Ballroom B at Cultivate’24, powered by AmericanHort. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Finalists for Industry’s Choice Award: 

  1. Mandevilla ‘Sun Parasol Original XP Bluephoria’ (Suntory Flowers)
  2. Canna ‘Cannova Gold Leopard’ (American Takii)
  3. Hydrangea Game Changer Series (Green Fuse Botanicals)
  4. Angelonia ‘Angelflare Black’ (Ball FloraPlant)
  5. Helianthus ‘Sunfinity Double Yellow’ (Syngenta Flowers)

Finalists for Readers’ Choice Award: 

  1. Helianthus ‘Sunfinity Double Yellow’ (Syngenta Flowers)
  2. Hibiscus ‘Summerific Cookies and Cream’ (Walters Gardens)
  3. First Editions Eclipse Bigleaf Hydrangea (Bailey Innovations)

Finalists for Editor’s Choice Award: 

  1. Angelonia Guardian Angel Series (Ball FloraPlant)
  2. Celosia ‘Burning Embers’ (Sakata Ornamentals)
  3. Begonia ‘Big Bronze Leaf White’ (Benary)
  4. Coleus ‘Skeletal’ (Kientzler)
  5. Pelargonium ‘Glory Days Red Orange Bicolor’ (Dümmen Orange)
  6. Cyclamen ‘Illusia’ (Schoneveld)


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