Kathy Hession honoured for her contributions to floral industry with own gerbera

 “Kathy”, a new variety of a Gerbera, grown by Florist Holland B.V., was named for Kathy Hession, Vice President of Bakery and Floral of Roundy’s Supermarkets, for her contributions to the floral industry, at the 27th edition of the International Floriculture Expo, the industry’s leading floriculture trade event.

Michael Schrader, Floral Director of Schnucks Markets, and Cindy Hanauer, Founder/CEO of Grand Central Floral and 2012 Flower Naming Recipient, announced the honour, lauding Ms. Hession for her contributions to the floral industry. “This year’s nominee [Kathy] has been involved in every aspect of the floral industry, being an active contributor and supporter throughout her entire career. There is not one supplier, grower, farm or retailer she worked with or for that doesn’t have a story about how she helped them improve and grow their business,” said Ms. Hanauer when announcing this year’s honoree.

“A Gerbera has amazing versatility and flexibility - it can be a beautiful standalone flower or a part of a stunning bouquet. This amazing, vibrant red Gerbera represents Kathy Hession perfectly. With the same versatility and strength of a Gerbera, Kathy continues to pioneer, inspire and grow the floral industry today,” said Ms. Hanauer in regards to her contributions to the industry. Florist Holland B.V., the Gerbera breeding and propagation company for the Netherlands and member of the Royal Hilverda Group, has registered this new Gerbera name at the Foundation Floricode.

For more information about International Floriculture Expo, visit www.floriexpo.com

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