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Bachman honored by AHS


Congratulations to Dale Bachman, recipient of the American Horticultural Society's 2014 Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award. The award is part of the organization's annual Great American Gardeners Awards, given to "individuals, organizations and busineses . who represent the best in American gardening." 

In recognizing Bachman, the AHS stated, "Founded in 1885, Bachman's is now in its fifth generation as a family-run business. Dale, who started with the company in 1972, has led its growth in an ever-changing marketplace by opening several new garden centers in the Minneapolis metropolitan region, adding services, and diversifying product lines. He assisted in creating a wholesale nursery division, instituting indoor and outdoor landscaping services, and establishing greenhouses and a 600-plus-acre growing range for producing much of what is sold at Bachman's retail stores." 

Other recipients of this year's Great American Gardeners Awards include:

  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Award: Paul W. Meyer, F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
  • H. Marc Cathey Award: Jules Janick, director for the Center for New Crops and Plant Products at Purdue University
  • Landscape Design Award: Laurie Olin, archtecture professor at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of OLIN, an urban-design and landscape architecture firm in Philadelphia
  • Meritorious Service Award: John Floyd Jr., who served three terms on the AHS board of directors 
  • B.Y. Morrison Communication Award: Rosalind Creasy, author and pioneer in the edible landscape movement
  • Frances Jones Poetker Award: Gay Estes, author of The Church Ladies' Guide to Divine Flower Arranging
  • Professional Award: Richard A. Brown, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden Trust in Seattle
  • Jane L. Taylor Ward: Shelley Mitchell, extension associate of the 4-H and Youth Programs at Oklahoma State University
  • Teaching Award: Marcia Eames-Sheavly, senior lecturer and senior extension associate in horticulture at Cornell University
  • Urban Beautification Award: Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala.