UK – Dr. Holly Peng, an esteemed figure in China’s horticultural and landscaping sector, was elected as the new vice president of AIPH at the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) Spring Meeting in Doha, Qatar.

With over 30 years of expertise, Dr. Peng’s commitment to sustainable urban greening and horticultural Expos aligns seamlessly with AIPH’s mission to champion the power of plants worldwide.

Dr. Peng, currently serving as the Deputy Secretary General of the China Flower Association, has played a pivotal role in advancing the ornamental plants industry.

Her collaborations with plant researchers during International Horticulture Expos, including Expo 2019 Beijing and participation in A1 Expos globally, notably Floriade in the Netherlands, showcase her dedication to fostering greener, environmentally friendly urban planning.

Expressing gratitude for her election, Dr. Peng stated, “I am honored to be elected by the Members and will strive to strengthen AIPH in its mission as the world’s champion for the power of plants.”

AIPH President Leonardo Capitanio acknowledged the valuable addition to the board, noting, “With Dr. Peng on the Board, AIPH’s valuable network in ornamental horticulture will be further developed.”

In addition to Dr. Peng, Mr. Bill Hardy, Chair of the AIPH Green City Committee and actively engaged in various industry associations, has been appointed as the new vice president alongside her.

AIPH, a global organization uniting thousand of flower and ornamental plant growers, is the approving body of International Horticultural Expos, including the upcoming Expo Doha Qatar 2023.

The organization’s focus on promoting the importance of plants in people’s lives is evident in its diverse events lined up for the year.

One notable event is the AIPH Green City Conference, was hosted on February 22, 2024, in Doha, Qatar, as part of the AIPH Spring Meeting.

The conference showcased urban greening practices in arid climates, featuring insights from various sectors on creating and maintaining green spaces in hot and dry environments.

Earlier in January, the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2024 ceremony took place in Essen, Germany, during the IPM Essen trade fair.

The awards, judged by an international panel, recognized excellence in innovation, sustainability, quality, and market impact.

Greenwood Plants, a UK wholesale nursery specializing in herbaceous perennials, emerged as the overall winner.

Looking ahead, the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024 aim to honor cities demonstrating excellence in urban greening and biodiversity.

The finalists, announced on January 29, include cities from Asia, Europe, Africa, and America, with the winners set to be revealed at the AIPH World Green City Awards Gala Dinner on September 21, 2024, in Vancouver, Canada.

Furthermore, the AIPH International Statistics Flowers and Plants 2023 publication, produced in collaboration with Union Fleurs, offers comprehensive data and analysis on global ornamental plant and flower production, trade, and consumption in 40 countries and regions.

As Dr. Holly Peng assumes her role as vice president, AIPH continues to spearhead initiatives that unite global horticultural communities and emphasize the vital role of plants in our lives.

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