Professionals in the floral community gathered on Monday, June 25th for the 9th Annual Flower Naming Ceremony to honor Bradley Gaines of United Supermarkets for his 20+ years of service to the industry.
This new flower revealed by Ball is a yellow petaled flower with a golden center and is awarded the name and trade designation, “Bradley.” For this surprise award, Bradley’s team worked with event management to bring in Bradley’s daughter and mother for the ceremony – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Flower naming events are a venerated tradition in Europe and the International Floriculture Expo felt privileged to bring this tradition stateside at the 9th Annual Flower Naming Ceremony! The ceremony honors floral industry pioneers who have made a significant impact over the course of their career. Honorees are chosen by a panel of floral industry leaders each year.
Past recipients include:
2017 John Simko, Sunshine Bouquet Company
2016 Jim Daly, Smithers Oasis
2015 Maxine Burton, burton + BURTON
2014 Kathy Hession, Roundy’s Supermarkets
2013 Anna Ball, Ball SB
2012 Cindy Hanauer, Grand Central Floral
2011 Stan Pohmer, Pohmer Consulting Group
2010 Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, The Flora Pros
Congratulations, Bradely, for your contributions to the industry!