About us

Polish Nurserymen Association acts on the basis of the act "Law on associations" of April 7, 1989 (Journal of Laws No. 20, position 104) and statute; it is incorporated in the Register of Associations of the National Court Register with the number 66013.
It is a member of the European Nursery Stock Association and partner for others operating in the greenery branch (Polish Association of Gardening Centers, Polish Association of Green Areas Contractors and Landscape Architects).

Polish Nurserymen Association is the association of tree, shrub and perennial as well as fruit plant manufacturers. Its main goals are:

  • representation and protection of interests of associated nurserymen,
  • promotion of greenery and plants as well as popularization of knowledge of trees, shrubs and perennials,
  • dissemination of modern production methods and knowledge needed for conducting a nursery enterprise.

Leading undertaking of the association is the International Exhibition "Green is life" that has been organized since 1993 in Warsaw - the largest branch event of BTB type (business to business) in Poland and Central Europe. The exhibition has a popularization role in presenting the abundance of plants, nursery achievements, novelties and inspirations, promoting the knowledge of plants and practical solutions.

Polish Nurserymen Association for its members:

  • publishes informative "Nursery Newsletter", containing regular theme sections, monitors changes of binding provisions of law ,
  • undertakes work leading to beneficial interpretation of the provisions,
  • organizes collective nursery expositions and information stands of the Polish Nurserymen Association at the prestigious international and national exhibitions,
  • conducts interesting workshops and trainings, involving high class specialists,
  • annually publishes the Catalog of Nurseries and disseminates it free of charge among individual and institutional recipients,
  • publishes current information concerning nurseries with the information about their production on
  • constantly updates, prepared by its experts, the database of plants produced by members, establishing at the same time uniform nomenclature used in offers,
  • provides current information about varieties protected by law,
  • looks after the integration of the association ,
  • organizes national and international excursions to the leading nursery companies in Europe and other parts of the world.

Promotion of greenery and plants are the tasks for which Polish Nurserymen Association has been created by the Agencja Promocji Zieleni Sp. z o.o. (Greenery Promotion Agency). It supports its actions through the popularization of nurseries and creation of green life-style. It is the organizer of the International Exhibition "Green is life" and its tasks also include publishing of work closely related to nursery production promotion of the union members such as "Catalog of Plants" and "Catalog of Perennials", recommended by the Polish Nurserymen Association. Constant cooperation with media and PR activity leads to the popularization of knowledge of use of plants. The web page containing the Internet Catalog of Plants is also of great help in the promotion of nursery products .

Polish Nurserymen Association:

  • is invited to give opinions and consult legislative work,
  • is the expert for consumers.

2018 - Competition Jury

Alicja Cecot

A graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Agricultural University in Krakow and postgraduate journalism studies at Jagiellonian University. Editor-in-chief of the bimonthly “Szkółkarstwo” for 14 years.  Worked as an editor for the magazine “Hasło Ogrodnicze”. Deputy-editor of the quarterly “Kwiaty”.  She is published in numerous gardening magazines at home and abroad, including FloraCulture International, Kertészet és Szőlészet. Co-author of the book “Potrety Kwiatów” and translator of English language books (including “Kompozycje kwiatowe”). A speaker at many trade conferences connected with national and international horticultural trade fairs. Currently editor of “Pod Osłonami” and portal
Honory laureate of the Honorary Green Laurel award, granteded by the Polish Nurserymen Association.


Wiesław Gawryś
Polish Academy of Sciences Botanical Garden

Graduate from Horticultural Technical School in Sochaczew and the Faculty of Horticulture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.  Has worked at the Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw for 37 years. Initially, as dendrologist, then a specialist in tropical plants, and more recently involved in native flora. He serves as the Deputy Director.  Has participated in many botanical expeditions in Poland and abroad, among others to North Korea., Vietnam, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Author of more than 250 popular scientific articles on dendrology, tropical plants and Polish flora.  Author the Latin-Polish dictionary of Herbaceous Plants. Primarily interested in Polish flora, the rules of botanical nomenclature, photography and his own garden.
Honory laureate of the Honorary Green Laurel award, granteded by the Polish Nurserymen Association.


Eike Jablonski
Luxembourg College of Agriculture, Ettelbruck, Dept. of Horticulture and Arboretum

Lecturer for dendrology and nursery management at the Luxembourg College for Agriculture, horticultural department (LTA) in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg, and also responsible for the woody collections and the propagation department.
Active as ISHS ICRA co-registrar for the genus Quercus and ISHS-ICRA registrar for the genus Tilia. Interested in cultivated plant taxonomy and nomenclature, with a main interest in genera of woody plants, especially the genera Quercus, Tilia, Sambucus, Spiraea and Crataegus. Currently building up the “lost cultivar project” with the aim to search and save ornamental woody plants which are no longer in cultivation or are thought to be extinct. President of the German Dendrology Society, Council Member of the International Dendrology Society and serving on the Taxonomy Committee of the International Oak Society. Member of HORTAX, serving on Group based in Wisley, England. He writes a regular column on cultivated plants in Luxembourg, is author of many articles in several magazines and journals and contributed
to major German works on dendrology, such as Enzyklopädie der Holzgewächse, Fitschen Gehölzflora
and Enzyklopädie der Gartengehölze.


Marek Jezierski

Graduate of Landscape Architecture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Polish television presenter, writer and speaker on horticulture. Over the last twenty five years he has hosted and presented television gardening series “Rok w Ogrodzie”. He is a prolific author and has written numerous articles devoted to plants and gardening. Winner of the prestigious Honorary Green Laurel award granted by the Polish Nurserymen Association for dissemination of knowledge about plants, their use and benefits.


Izabela Kaszuba
Polish Association of Garden Centers

Graduate of the Horticultural Faculty at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Owner of the Flora Point Świat Roślin garden center, offering a full assortment of potted plants, garden plants, cut flowers.  Member of the Polish Association of Garden Centers.


dr Wojciech Podstolski
Polish Dendrology Society

A graduate of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Warsaw and doctor of biological sciences at the Insitute of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Longtime collaborator and author of numerous articles concerning plant compositions and monographs of select types, published in magazines such as Kwietnik,  Ogrody and Zieleń to Życie.  Since 2009, he has worked in the Botanical Garden of the University of Warsaw, where he modernizes and develops the collection of the Plant Systems Department. He also consults about selection of plant species for garden designers. At the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, he lectures and conducts seminars on the history and upkeep of gardens, as well as the species selection and plant compositions. Member of the Polish Dendrology Society and ICOMOS.


Maja Popielarska

Graduate of Landscape Architecture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Popular and well-liked weather presenter on television since 1999. Since 2004 she has her own advice show about plant care and garden design – “Maja in the garden”. Author of gardening books. Winner of the prestigious Honorary Green Laurel award granted by the Polish Nurserymen Association for instilling and developing the passion of gardening in society.


Karen Tambayong
The International Association of Horticultural Producers

Was born in Indonesia, and was educated in the fields of architecture and horticulture. She has travelled extensively to many countries and cities taking part in programs, seminars or conferences on green cities, and now she serves as the Chairperson of Green City Committee of AIPH (International Association of Horticultural Producers). She is a practicing professional of greening cities as the owner of Floribunda Nursery. She has had many green city planning, design, and implementation projects done very successfully. In addition to serving as advisors, officials of many international organizations, her one of the major domestic duties is the Indonesia National President Commissioner of State-Owned Plantation Company.


dr Wiesław Szydło
chairman of the Jury
Polish Nurserymen Association, Szkółka Drzew i Krzewów „Iglak Niewierz”

A graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. As a researcher at the Department of Ornamental Plants for 25 years, he taught classes, gave lectures and seminars about ornamental nurseries. Author of numerous scientific publications and books, including “Ornamental Nursery”, “Propagating conifers”, co-author and editor of “Catalog of Plants”, “Plants for every garden” and popular scientific articles published in the columns of most magazines appearing on the market devoted to ornamental plants. Vice-president of the Polish Nurserymen Association, member of the Polish Dendrology Society, member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice. For 25 years, also operates his own nursery farm.




This year, for the first time, plant novelties may be requested to admission to the competition not only by exhibitors of GREEN IS LIFE. We kindly invite all persons who want to popularize and promote their plants - growers, nurserymen, authors of new varieties.

Organized by Polish Nurserymen Association, PLANTS NOVELTIES COMPETITION is a constant event of International Exhibition GREEN IS LIFE (Warsaw, 6-8 September 2018) and only such competition in Poland. Its aim is to extensively promote new, interesting varieties of trees, shrubs, climbers and perennials. So far, the participation in the competition was reserved only for participants of trade (exhibitors). However, this year, the management board of Polish Nurserymen Association for the first time enabled admission of novelties for broader circle of interested parties - breeders, authors of new varieties, growers and nurserymen who do not have to be exhibitors, but they wish to popularize and offer them to the broader circle of recipients. The plants are assessed and awarded by the international jury. The special distinction of journalists has been awarded for 2 years.


The participation in the Plant Novelties Competition provides many benefits connected with the promotion of novelties requested to admission and their authors. Portraits of plants are published not only in the exihbition guide, websites of the exhibition , Polish Nurserymen Association  and e-catalogue of plants but they are also widely promoted in national and international gardening magazines, TV programs and via social media.  The winning plant is printed on the cover of Nurserymen Catalogue.

Prizes and distinctions are awarded during the inauguration of exhibition in the presence of many journalists. The great location of stand, where the novelties are presented, ensures that most of guests who visit the trade, starts their visit from visiting the competition display.


The subject of the competition are plants such as trees, shrubs, climbers, subshrubs and perennials from 1-7b USDA climate zones which meet the criterion of novelty. As novelties are regarded new taxa, which have been recently introduced to production and/or are cultivated in Poland  for a little while (since a couple of years) or they were introduced to production after a long break. Those plants  should be available for sale. Details of requirements, criteria, organizational information can be found in the rules of competition at:


The request to admit varieties to the competition on the basis of the application form, which together with photographs shall be submitted to  the office of Polish Nurserymen Association, Al. Jana Pawła II 80 office 71, 00-175 Warsaw or sent via e-mail at:  up to 2nd  July 2018 to 23:59. Registration fee for each variety requested to admission  amounts to: EUR 140 for exhibitors and EUR 240 for who do not take part in the exhibition. Plants admitted to the competition shall be delivered one day before the opening of the exhibition, i.e. 5 September 2018 up to 12:00 to the office of the trade organizer within the area of exhibition in number from 1 to 10 units depending on the size of plants.



Registration Card .pdf 

Registration Card .docx



2017 - Expo XXI

Exhibition Edition: .25
Term: 31 August- 2 September 2017
Exhibition theme: Chillout in the garden
Number of visitors: 16 860, including 7 037profesionalis
Number of Exhibitors: 300 Exhibitors
Exhibitors from: Poland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Lithuania, Italy, Africa, South America.