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    International Floriculture Expo

    Names 2020 Recipient of Flower Naming Award

    New Dahlia named, Genie, in Honor of Ghean Maksimow

    San Diego, California- September 16, 2020 (Press Release)

    Ghean Maksimow, co-founder of Bow Genie International, was recently recognized by the floriculture industry by having a flower named in her honor at the International Floriculture Exposition

    (IFE) held virtually on September 16, 2020.


    Flower naming events are a venerated tradition in Europe, where queens and heads of state have been honored with flowers named after them in a formal ceremony.  Honorees are chosen by a panel of fellow industry leaders and this year’s recipient was nominated by Danny Temkin prior to his passing in September 2019. Ghean is only the eleventh person in the United States to be recognized by the IFE with this award.


    The lavender breed of dahlia is awarded the name and trade designation “Genie”, and was bred by the Miyoshi Company and Ball SB., a division of Ball Horticultural Company


    The award was presented by Cindy Hanauer of Grand Central Floral, a 2012 recipient of the same award.  Hanauer said, “This was a very special year to have Danny Temkin nominate Ghean before his untimely passing. Danny and Ghean have had a special relationship for many years, and this flower honors their relationship, and the special place that Ghean has in the hearts of the entire industry.”


    Danny’s son, Noam, represented the Temkin family at the ceremony.


    It’s literally impossible to discuss the history of the floral industry without recognizing Ghean’s contributions for the past 35+ years. The award was a surprise to Ms. Maksimow, as the winner each year is a closely guarded secret until the ceremony. The Maksimow family and many friends celebrated Ghean during the virtual ceremony.  Pieter Landman served as the Master of Ceremonies, and Ball SB was represented by Juana de La Torre and Carmen Hernandez.


    Past Flower-Naming Recipients

    2020    Ghean Maksimow; Bow Genie

    2019    Lane DeVries  Sun Valley Floral Farms

    2018    Bradley Gaines, United Supermarkets
    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



    About Bow Genie International

    Bow Genie International is the largest manufacturer of custom handmade bows in North America. They provide high quality bows to floral and gift industry leaders. They pride themselves in delivering a premium grade product on time and within budget. With over 30 years of manufacturing experience Bow Genie International has become America’s premier floral and gift bow producer of florist bows, gift bows, wreath/holiday bows, corsages/boutonnieres, crepe paper flowers and large car bows.


    About Ball Horticultural Company

    Ball Horticultural Company was founded in 1905 by George J. Ball. The company remains family owned and has a global presence on six continents in 17 countries. The current President and CEO is Anna Caroline Ball, third-generation leader of Ball Horticultural Company.


    About International Floriculture Expo

    International Floriculture Expo is produced by Diversified Business Communication of Portland, Maine. This show is the only industry-wide event that brings buyers and sellers together and serves all segments of the floriculture process, from seed to shelf. IFE is the leading trade exposition and educational conference for mass market retailers, supermarkets, garden centers, retail florists, growers, nurseries, event floral designers, and other retailers of floral and foliage products.



    Home Office: 858-586-0100

    Mobile: 619-888-1936





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