Aussie Winners® aims to meet Australian demand for outstanding new flowering ornamentals. It is the Australian arm of Proven
Winners, an internationally renowned marketing cooperative of some of the world's best growers and propagators.
Established in 1992, Proven
Winners is dedicated to developing unique and innovative hybrid varieties and only the most outstanding and versatile plants
are selected to bear the Proven Winners label.
Proven Winners lines are grown from material bred by a network of top international breeders, located in South Africa, Germany,
Holland, Japan, Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. Every plant chosen to become a Proven Winner has passed
a series of trials lasting 2-3 years in numerous greenhouse and garden situations in different climates. Proven Winners
selections are propagated under an elite stock program. Mother stock initially comes from thermally treated tissue culture
to make them more vigorous and more disease-free than similar plants. Proven Winners has a worldwide network of licensees
that sell over 160 million plants annually.
Aussie Winners Pty Ltd has been set up by Edward and Mary Bunker to trial, introduce and market selected Proven Winner plants
in Australia and New Zealand. They, in turn, have established a network of licensed propagators and growers throughout Australia
and New Zealand so that these outstanding plants will be widely available. Aussie Winners plants will be sold in distinctive
modern aluminium coloured plastic pots printed with the AW logo.
Edward and Mary formerly owned Redlands Nursery in Queensland (now owned by their son, Tim). Edward, one of the small number
of life members of the Nursery & Garden Industry of Australia (NGIA), says: “the Proven Winners idea has found
appeal in many other parts of the world. Now Australian gardeners will have the chance to grow unique plants that have benefited
from breeding research and development on an international scale”.
Aussie Winners also aims to enhance Australia’s contribution to the development of new plants for the world market
by introducing the work of Australian breeders to the world wide network.