Awards

Plant Raisers’ Award

The Award is granted to any nominated individual or organisation who has raised in New Zealand a cultivar, or cultivars, considered to be sufficiently meritorious.

A cultivar is a cultivated plant which is distinguished by any characters significant for the purposes of horticulture and which when reproduced sexually or asexually retains its distinguishing features.

The requirements of the award are that:

  • it should have been raised in New Zealand
  • it should have been in cultivation for at least 3 years
  • the cultivar should ideally have been registered if it belongs to a genus registered by an International Registration Authority.

Recipients of the Plant Raisers’ Award

2023 Recipient: Denis Hughes, alongside Chris Hughes (right) and Graham Smith (left)

2023: Denis Hughes AHRIH

Cultivars:

  • Francoa appendiculata ‘Flower Girl’
  • Francoa appendiculata ‘Starry Eyes’
  • Rhododendron (Azalea) ‘Pink Chiffon’
  • Rhododendron (Azalea) ‘Softlights’
  • Sophora (S. fulvida × S. tetraptera) ‘Quick Silver’

Reference: New Zealand Garden Journal (in prep.)

2007: Mr Mark Jury

Cultivars:

  • Camellia ‘Fairy Blush’
  • Camellia ‘Volunteer’
  • Camellia ‘Jury’s Pearl’
  • Camellia ‘Gay Buttons’
  • Camellia ‘Pearly Cascade’
  • Camellia ‘Topiary Pink’
  • Camellia ‘Apple Blossom Sun’
  • Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’
  • Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’
  • Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
  • Rhododendron ‘Floral Sun’
  • Rhododendron ‘Floral Gift’
  • Rhododendron ‘Meadow Lemon’
  • Rhododendron ‘Platinum Ice’
  • Rhododendron (Vireya) ‘Jaffa’
  • Rhododendron (Vireya) ‘Sweet Vanilla’
  • Rhododendron (Vireya) ‘Sherbet Rose’
  • Rhododendron (Vireya) ‘Peach Puff’
  • Rhododendron (Vireya) ‘Jellybean’
  • Rhododendron (Vireya) ‘Mango Sunset’
  • Rhododendron (Vireya) ‘Pink Jazz’

Reference: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2007, Vol. 10(1): 21–22

2004: Mr J. R. Finlay

Cultivars:

  • Camellia ‘Scentuous’ (C. japonica ‘Tiffany’ × C. lutchuensis)
  • Camellia ‘Sweet Emma’
  • Camellia ‘Scentimental’
  • Camellia ‘Scentasia’
  • Camellia ‘Fragrant Lady’
  • Camellia ‘Prime Fragrance’
  • Camellia ‘Toni Finlay’s Fragrance’
  • Camellia ‘Jim Finlay’s Fragrance’
  • Camellia ‘Dame Sylvia’
  • Camellia ‘Chekiangoleosa’ × ‘Scentasia’
  • Camellia ‘Chekiangoleosa’ × ‘Kramers Supreme’
  • Camellia ‘Chekiangoleosa’ × ‘Superscent’
  • Camellia ‘Chekiangoleosa’ × ‘Scentasia’

Reference: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2004, Vol. 7(2): 21

1997: Mr F. Schuurman

Cultivars:

  • Rosa ‘Little Opal’
  • Rosa ‘Scentasia’

Reference: New Zealand Garden Journal (Journal of the RNZIH), 1997, Vol. 2(4): 24–25

1996: Mr T.J. Mechen

Cultivars:

  • Chrysanthemum ‘Dorothy Mechen’
  • Chrysanthemum ‘Edith Mechen’
  • Chrysanthemum ‘Pop Hollows’

Reference: New Zealand Garden Journal (Journal of the RNZIH), 1996, Vol. 1(4): 11

Note: Chrysanthemum is often referred to Dendranthema

1994: Riwaka Research Station

Cultivar: Humulus lupulus selections

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(2): 7

1993: Mr Andrew Easton

Cultivars:

  • Cymbidium ‘Tracy Reddaway’
  • Odontoglossum ‘Geyser Gold’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(1): 25

1992: Mr Terrance Charles Hatch

Cultivars:

  • Alstroemeria ‘Pink Joy’
  • Cheiranthus ‘Joy Gold’
  • Cheiranthus ‘Winter Joy’
  • Osteospermum ‘Whirlygig’
  • Osteospermum ‘Whirly Pink’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1992, Vol. 3(2): 14

Note: Cheiranthus is now part of Erysimum

1991: Mr N. Haydon

Cultivars:

  • Camellia ‘Baby Bear’
  • Camellia ‘Baby Willow’
  • Camellia ‘Sun Song’
  • Camellia ‘Takanini’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(2): 33

1990: Mr John (‘Jack’) Gordon Hobbs

Cultivars:

  • Hebe ‘Wiri Splash’
  • Hebe ‘Wiri Image’
  • Leptospermum ‘Wiri Joan’
  • Leptospermum ‘Wiri Joy’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1990, Vol. 1(2): 12

Note: Hebe is now part of Veronica

1988: Dr K.R.W. Hammett

Cultivars:

  • Dahlia ‘Showpiece Hybrids’
  • Dahlia ‘Elizabeth Hammett’
  • Dahlia ‘Pineholt Princess’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1988, Vol. 47: 5

1984: Mr F. Jury

Cultivars:

  • Camellia ‘Waterlily’
  • Magnolia ‘Iolanthe’
  • Magnolia ‘Serene’
  • Phormium ‘Yellow Wave’
  • Rhododendron ‘Felicity’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1984, Vol. 32: 5

Note: Rhododendron ‘Felicity’ has been renamed R. ‘Felicity Fair’

1982: Mr I. Bell

Cultivars:

  • Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’
  • Leucadendron ‘Bell’s Sunrise’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1983, Vol. 28: 3

1982: Mr H.J. Clark

Cultivars:

  • Camellia ‘Craig Clark’
  • Hibiscus ‘Apricot Parade’
  • Protea ‘Clark’s Red’
  • Rhododendron ‘Sandra’s Scarlet’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1983, Vol. 28: 3

1982: Mrs E.J. Stevens

Cultivar: Leucadendron ‘Red Gem’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1983, Vol. 28: 3

1971: Mr A. Farnell

Cultivar: Gerbera “Farnell’s All Doubles”

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1971, Vol. 2(5): 228

1971: Mr L. Robinson

Cultivar: Photinia ‘Red Robin’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1971, Vol. 2(5): 228

1969: Mrs J. Wright

Cultivar: Gladanthera ‘Lucky Star’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 264

1968: Mr W.B. Brockie

Cultivar: Phormium ‘Smiling Morn’

Reference: Horticulture in New Zealand, 1969, Vol. 1(2): 68

1967: Mr L.E. Jury

Cultivar: Camellia ‘Grand Jury’

Reference: New Zealand Plants & Gardens, 1967, Vol. 7(5): 213

1964: Mr H. (‘Bert’) Blumhardt

Cultivar: Cymbidium ‘Little Tiki’

Reference: New Zealand Plants & Gardens, 1964, Vol. 6(1): 54, 86

1964: Dr B.W. Doak

Cultivar: Camellia ‘Phyl Doak’

Reference: New Zealand Plants & Gardens, 1964, Vol. 6(1): 54, 86

1963: Dr R.S.R. Francis

Cultivar: Rosa ‘Cresset’

Reference: New Zealand Plants & Gardens, 1963, Vol. 5(5): 211–212

1963: Dr J.S. Yeates

Cultivar: Lilium parkmannii ‘Excelsior’

Reference: New Zealand Plants & Gardens, 1963, Vol. 5(5): 211–212