17 July 2019

Jury for the Plant Novelties Competition 2017

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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 www.podoslonami.pl.
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.


Hanna Grzeszczak-Nowak
Botanical Garden at the University of Wrocław

Graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Agricultural University of Poznan.  Since 1985, dendrologist at the Botanical Garden of the University of Wroclaw. Since 1988, acting director of the Wojsławice Arboretum, then inspector of this Arboretum.  Has consistently revitalized and developed the Arboretum. Maintains many unique collections of plants, including four national collections of types of Buxus, Hedera, Hemerocallis, and Rhododendrons. For years, promotes the cultivation of ornamental plants, organizing a number of events, including “HEMEROmania”, The Autumn Flower and Grass Festival, Lower Silesia Pumpkin Festival, Ivy weekend. Member of the Polish Dendrology Society, “Ericaceous Plants” Group, Efeu Deutsche Gesellschaft, Deutsche Gesellschaft Rhododendron. The author of numerous scientific publications, both domestic and foreign, books and many articles devoted to ornamental plants.
Laureate of the Honorary Green Laurel, awarded by the Polish Nurserymen Association for consistent and creative promotion of ornamental plants and horticultural culture.

Marco Hoffman
Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture

Botanist and taxonomist, currently head of the test team for new plant varieties at Naktuinbouw - Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture. For many years, researcher at Wageningen University in Lisse and the Nursery Experimental Station Boomteeltpraktijkonderzoek in Boskoop.  Conducts comparative experiments on new taxa of trees, shrubs and perennials for their suitability in gardens and urban green areas. Internationally renowned authority in the field of plant nomenclature, editor of “List of Names of Woody Plants” and “List of Names of Perennials”. Editor-in-chief of the Dutch annual “Dendroflora”, lecturer and author of numerous publications and articles in industry press, mostly Dutch, but also French and German.


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.


Grzegorz Pawlik
Editor-in-Chief of "Mój Piękny Ogród"

for 20 years he has been editor in magazine - „Mój Piekny Ogród”, the most popular gardening magazine in Poland. Presently, the editor in chief of this magazine is responsible for the content and artistic concept. He is a gardener of his choice, spending every spare moment on his own backyard garden in the suburbs of Wroclaw. For years he has been a passionate photographer of nature. What is more, he also is the author of many photographic articles of Polish and foreign gardens. He is the promoter of urban gardening and a proponent of saving old fruit varieties which are being displaced by industrial fruit trees.

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.


dr Wiesław Szydło
Przewodniczący jury
Związek Szkółkarzy Polskich, Szkółka Drzew i Krzewów „Iglak Niewierz

Absolwent Wydziału Ogrodniczego Szkoły Głównej Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego w Warszawie. Przez 25 lat pracownik naukowy Katedry Roślin Ozdobnych SGGW, prowadził zajęcia, wykłady i seminaria dotyczące szkółkarstwa ozdobnego. Autor licznych publikacji naukowych i książek, m.in. „Szkółkarstwo ozdobne”, „Rozmnażamy iglaki”, współautor i redaktor „Katalogu Roślin”, „Rośliny do każdego ogrodu” oraz artykułów popularnonaukowych publikowanych na łamach większości ukazujących się na rynku magazynów poświęconych tematyce roślin ozdobnych. Wiceprezes Związku Szkółkarzy Polskich, członek Polskiego Towarzystwa Dendrologicznego, członek Rady Naukowej Instytutu Ogrodnictwa w Skierniewicach. Od 25 lat prowadzi też własne gospodarstwo szkółkarskie.