AIPH Grants Approval to International Horticultural Trade Show IPM ESSEN

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is pleased to announce it has granted trade show (D) category approval to IPM ESSEN 2020 which takes place from Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st January. This strengthens an existing partnership between AIPH and IPM ESSEN and aims to provide even more opportunities for the global horticulture industry.

IPM Essen is a four-day international plant fair held annually at Messe Essen in Germany during January. It is a world-leading horticultural trade show which focuses on solutions and innovations for the green sector. In 2019, 1,551 exhibitors from 46 countries participated in the trade show which received 53,000 visitors.

Remarking on IPM ESSEN gaining the approval of AIPH, Mr Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO Messe Essen, said: “We are very pleased to receive certification by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), and to continue intensifying this trusting cooperation. Planning the next IPM ESSEN, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture, is underway including the presentation of the International Grower of the Year Awards 2020. We are very happy to provide an international setting for this top-class event once again.”

AIPH Secretary General, Mr Tim Briercliffe, said: “AIPH members were unanimous in granting AIPH approval to IPM ESSEN. We believe IPM ESSEN reaches the highest standards in delivering an international horticultural trade show for both exhibitors and visitors. IPM ESSEN has already been a venue partner for AIPH’s annual awards for several years and we are excited about the industry opportunities that will result from this deeper collaboration.”

Since 2015, IPM ESSEN has been the venue for the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards. This prestigious industry event promotes best practice in ornamentals production and gives global recognition to the world’s best ornamentals growers. As a sponsor of the IGOTY Awards 2020, IPM ESSEN will be further demonstrating its commitment to showcasing industry excellence, applauding talent and advancing the horticulture industry’s goal to create a greener planet.

The AIPH International Grower of the Year 2020 awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 28th January in Hall Essen, Congress Centre East. The event offers IPM ESSEN exhibitors and visitors an excellent occasion for celebration and networking.  IGOTY guests also receive a complementary ticket to IPM for their preferred day.   The Headline Sponsor for the IGOTY Awards 202O is Royal FloraHolland and FloraCulture International is the event media partner.

To learn more about IPM ESSEN visit: To book tickets for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2020 visit Early bird ticket and corporate hospitality package offers end on 1st December 2019.  To find out more about AIPH approved international horticultural trade shows visit: 

International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)

Since 1948, AIPH has united horticultural producers in an international community that thrives to this day. Much has changed in that time. Technologies advanced, cities rose from the ground, and we have become more connected than ever. As a result, our essential bond with nature has been weakened. AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct. We support the work of grower associations globally and together we champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain our planet, for this generation and the next.

International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards

Brought to you by AIPH in partnership with Founding Partner, FloraCulture International (FCI), the IGOTY Awards have been championing outstanding achievement in the sector since 2010. The IGOTY Awards recognise best practice in horticultural production by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the globe, celebrating the expertise and energy they give to horticulture. In 2019 ornamentals growers, from Belgium, China, Denmark, Kenya, the Netherlands and Poland reached the finals with Gediflora – Belgium winning AIPH IGOTY 2019.