Virginia Tech Professor Receives ANLA Nursery Extension Award

The American Nursery & Landscape Association awarded Dr. Bonnie Lee Appleton, professor of Horticulture and Extension Nursery/Landscape Management at Virginia Tech’s Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Beach, Va., its prestigious Nursery Extension Award.

Given annually, the Nursery Extension Award recognizes outstanding and valuable contributions to the green industry made by extension specialists or agents. Appleton’s winning of this award shows the industry’s gratitude for her tremendous efforts.

During her tenure at Virginia Tech, Appleton coordinated the only off-campus Masters’ of Science in Horticulture program in the United States when she expanded Virginia Tech’s program to the Hampton Roads Research Station.

When not in the classroom, Appleton has devoted time to the research of root modification of container-grown nursery stock; alternative nursery production methods and systems; utility easement compatible trees and shrubs; use of mycorrhizal fungal inoculants in nursery production, landscape installation and management; cut holly production; and landscape installations systems—wire basket modification, staking and guying.

Appleton is also the educational advisor and member of the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association’s Certification Committee, where she played an instrumental role in creating VNLA’s certification manual and assisted in setting up the association’s certification exam; educational advisor for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture short course, the Hampton Roads Tree Care Association and the National Tree Trust. Appleton also participates on the Advisory Board of Horticultural Programs at Tidewater Community College and Norfolk Vocational and Technical School, and is on the Board of Directors of the Garden Writers Association, where she is a multi-award recipient of GWA’s Quill & Trowel Award and Certificate of Merit.

She also played a key role in starting the Virginia Flower and Garden Show in Virginia Beach. Her vision was so successful that the Flower Show now fills the entire convention center in Virginia Beach and attracts thousands of consumers each year.

Appleton also has written five books and more than 500 articles in trade publications, including NMPro, American Nurseryman, Grounds Maintenance, Landscape Architecture, Arbor Age, Landscape and Irrigation, and many consumer publications, including Better Homes and Gardens.

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