LVG Plants (PTY) LTD, South Africa, win awards twice on stage at AIPH International Grower of the year 2020

Leonie Coulson
LVG Plants (Pty) Ltd, South Africa took to the stage twice to receive awards at the International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2020.

The evening event, held on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at IPM Essen, Germany, is now in its 11th year. It is organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) to celebrate excellence and best practice in ornamentals production.

LVG Plants was awarded Bronze in the ‘Finished Plants & Trees’ category, presented by the Mayor of Hatay, Dr Lutfu Savas, and Bronze again in the ‘Sustainability’ category, bestowed by a representative of Pöppelmann.

Lourens van Geest established LVG in 1995. Today, his three sons run the South African farm which encompasses 50 hectares of production including 11 hectares of fully-automated greenhouses.

LVG Plants offers an integrated value chain, from growing indoor plants through to marketing and sales. The company aims to bring quality products to the market cost-effectively and sustainably to get maximum shelf life and value for both the retailer and end-user.

The AIPH IGOTY Jury is a panel of six internationally renowned horticulture experts chaired by AIPH Vice-President Tim Edwards. The following comment summarises the judges’ review of this year’s winner: “LVG Plants is a dynamic company and the judges praise their reputation as being a great industry representative and leader in ornamental and indoor plants on the African continent and South Africa.

“LVG Plants focus on quality, technique, staff, sustainability, strategy and close cooperation with retailers towards consumers. The judges especially commend LVG Plants for its environmentally friendly approach and market share of 60% – which is impressive in any country.”

Other IGOTY 2020 category winners were:


Young Plants

Gold: Anthura, the Netherlands

Silver: Kernock Park Plants Ltd, UK

Bronze: Danziger Guatemala, Israel


Finished Plants & Trees

Gold: Hangzhou Huazhiyun Agricultural Investment Co Ltd, China

Silver: Miao Fu Holdings Co Ltd, China

Bronze: LVG Plants (Pty) Ltd, South Africa


Cut Flowers & Bulbs

Gold: Hasfarm Holdings, Hong Kong, China

Silver: BellaRosa, Ecuador

Bronze: Oserian Development Company Ltd, Kenya



Gold: Anthura, the Netherlands

Silver: Citrina, the Netherlands

Bronze: LVG Plants (Pty) Ltd, South Africa



LVG Plants was awarded Bronze in the ‘Finished Plants & Trees’ category and Bronze again in the ‘Sustainability’ category.



Bernard Oosterom, President of AIPH, commented: “The 2020 IGOTY Awards provide an opportunity to put a spotlight on the best in our industry, showing the world the quality businesses that exist. This year’s event was another delightful occasion!” The awards are held alongside IPM Essen, each year, and attract a list of global industry players.

Headline sponsor Royal FloraHolland supported the AIPH IGOTY 2020 Awards, along with founding partner FloraCulture International, venue partner IPM Essen and further sponsors Pöppelmann, Expo 2021 Hatay, PERA, Flormart 2020, GreenTech 2020, Dutch Flower Group and Flowers Expo Moscow 2020.

Entry to The International Grower of the Year Awards 2021 will be open from March – July 2020.

For more information about AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards visit:

To find out more about the Bronze winner of the Cut Flowers & Bulbs category and Sustainability category at AIPH International Grower of the Year Winner visit:

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