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Harlan Hamernik passes

10/16/2012

We have exceptionally sad news today: Noted Nebraska horticulturist Harlan Hamernik passed away yesterday following an explosion at his home in Clarkson. Hamernik founded Bluebird Nursery, and following his retirement he established HH Wild Plums Nursery.

At present we have very few details, but here's a link to an Associated Press story: http://www.nebraska.tv/story/19833856/nebraska-nursery-founder-hamernik-dies-after-blast

And here's a bit about Harlan, from his HH Wild Plums Nursery web site, www.hhwildplums.com:

HH Wild Plums
is a wholesale nursery founded in 2007 by noted horticuluralist and plant lover Harlan Hamernik.

Hamernik, the founder of Bluebird Nursery, has received numerous awards and honors over the years including: Award of Merit, Perennial Plant Association, Delegation to Tibet & R.O.C. Departments of Forestry, Fellow of International Plant Propagator's Society, Delegation to Inner Mongolia, guest of R.O.C., Honorary Missouri Master Gardener, Nebraska Small Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Honor Award from the National Soil & Water Conservation Society, University of Nebraska Horticulture Delegation to China, INLA Association Merit Award, Individual Partner Award from Plant Select® and many more.

He has also received the Distinguished Nurseryman Award, Honorary Member Award and Outstanding NCN of the Year Award from the NNLA.  

Harlan has been an affiliate and officer in: BPI, Perennial Plant Association, ANLA, WNLA, MNLA, INLA, South and North Dakota Association of Nurseryman, CNLA, Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District, Hardy Plant Society, American Penstemon Society, American Rock Garden Society, International Plant Propagator's Society, Wholesale Nursery Growers of America, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Advisory Board and Nebraska Advisory Council for Nebraska.

*Just a little update for 2012, Harlan received the Individual Partner Award from Plant Select® and the John C. Fremont Pathfinder Award.  

As soon as we hear more, we'll pass it along.