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Hall of Fame

The Floriculture Hall of Fame is the industry’s highest honor. It is designed to recognize and encourage the highest standards of service and professional responsibility in members of the floral industry.

The objectives are:

  • To provide appropriate recognition honoring those men and women of sound moral character and high integrity who have made outstanding and lasting contributions to the advancement of floriculture as an integral part of the American way of life.
  • To ensure the perpetuation of the memories of such men and women by enshrining their good works in a manner befitting their contributions. 

How to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame

Nomination Form

Microsoft WordPDFFillable PDF

Nomination Deadline:  March 2, 2020.

Nominations stay active for a period of 10 years.

Floriculture Hall of Fame Recipients

2019
Jim and Ellen Ellison

2018
Peter J. Moran

2017
Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, AAF, AIFD, PFCI

2016
Dwight J. Larimer, AAF, PFCI

2015
Del Demaree Jr., AAF
Charles F. Walton

2014
Ken Tagawa

2013
Anna Ball

2012
Tom Butler, AAF, PFCI
Herman Meinders, AAF
Walter L. Preston

2011
Charles F. Kremp III, AAF

2010
Harrison “Red” Kennicott, AAF
Todd Bachman*

2009
M. James Leider, AAF

2008
H. Michael Mellano, AAF

2007
Rocky Pollitz, AAF, AIFD, PFCI

2006
Jules “Toots” Armellini, AAF

2005
Albert Felly, AAF

2004
J. Sten Crissey, AAF

2001
Jose (Pepe) M. de la Torre, AAF
Arne M. Thirup, AAF

2000
Ole B. Nissen

1999
Franz Fruehwirth

1998
Carmen Cosentino

1997
Donald E. Weder

1996
Dr. William H. Carlson

1995
Vincent P. Adamo*

1994
Dr. Robert Langhans
Douglas K. Dillon

1993
Paul Ecke, Jr.*
Victor Ball

1992
George Dean, Jr.
Arthur T. Ito

1991
Dr. Haruyuki Kamemoto
Egon Molbak

1990
Dr. Richard Craig
Melvin H. Schwanke

1989
Stanley F. Bachman
Dr. Roy A. Larson*
Dr. Harry K. Tayama

1988
Dr. August De Hertogh
Dr. Harold F. Wilkins

1987
Robert C. Dewey
Vernon L. Smithers
Olin A. Wetzel

1986
Morris “Buddy” Benz*
Richard D. Chapin
James C. Krone

1985
William Duffett
Aart VanWingerden
James Boswell Vosters, Sr.

1984
Claude Hope
James C. Mikkelsen
Herb Mitchell

1983
Jack B. Kaufman*
William H. Kistler*
Eulalah May Overmeyer*

1982
Oscar G. Carlstedt*
Cloy Miller
Harry Miller*

1981
Frank Kuwahara
Samuel S. Pennock, III*
Fred Wesemeyer*

1980
Everett Conklin*
Eugene Endres*
Harrison Kennicott, Jr.*

1979
Ralph Bachman
Edward Carl Grande*
Dr. John Seeley

1978
John H. Walker*

1977
Dr. H. Marc Cathey
Winfred David Holley
Charles Foster Pennock*

1976
Kenneth F. Baker*
Irwin Betermann*
Yoshimi Shibata

1975
Irving Allen*
George Jacob Ball*
William Elliott DeLoache*

1974
Eugene S. Boerner*
Dr. Donald Carl Kiplinger*

1973
Pinkney S. Cook*
William Wallace Patterson*
Gustav Henry Poesch*

1972
Alfred Byrd Graf
Walter E. Mosmiller, Jr.,*
Harold F. Yoder*

1971
Walter Julius Engel*
Leland T. Kintzele*
Bert Schiller McDonald*

1970
Paul Ecke, Sr.*
Frederick Carl Gloeckner*
Joseph M. Johnston, Jr.*

1969
Mennick Truman Fossom*
Earl Gurney Mann*
Albert Pochelon*
William Zappettini, Sr.*

1968
Ethel M. “Tommy” Bright*
Joseph Herbert Hill*
W. Albert Manda*
Dr. Neil W. Stuart*

1967
H. Rollo Mueller*
Frances Jones Poetker
Leonard Holden Vaughan*
Hubert J. “Hub” Wolfe*

1966
John Henry Dudley*
William F. Gude*
Ora Benjamin Haley, Jr.*
Samuel Sellers Pennock, Sr.*

1965
Edward Goeppner
Robert H. Roland*
Joseph Shinoda*

1964
Dr. Samuel L. Emsweller*
Granville Gude*
Prof. Paul R. Krone*
Prof. Alex Laurie*
Edward McCarthy*
Arno Nehrling*
John Thorpe*

1963
Liberty Hyde Bailey*
Herman B. Dorner*
E.G. Hill*
Ray Murphy*
Samuel S. Pennock, Jr.*
Kenneth Post*
James Sykora*
John Valentine*

* deceased

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