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Fellow Award

The Fellow Award was created to acknowledge outstanding members of the International Plant Propagators Society, Eastern Region North America who have contributed to the advancement of the Society and to the field of Plant Propagation and Production. This recognition is for contributions to the IPPS through participation, service, leadership, research, teaching or extension work. No more than 10% of the membership can be Fellows.

2010 Fellow Award Recipient

Vern Black Honored as a Fellow of the IPPS Eastern Region

Vern Black, of Bailey Nurseries, was elected as a Fellow of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society on September 30, 2010 at their annual meeting in Warwick, RI. The Fellows Award is an honor the Region awards to its members for exceptional service to the Society and to the advancement of the field of propagation and production. Vern Black (right) receiving the award from Alan Jones (left) of the Awards Committee.

An IPPS member since 1981, Vern has served on many committees and continues to keep IPPS at a high priority level in his life. He has served on the Long Range Planning Committee, the Membership/Publicity Committee and the 1999 Local Site Committee. He served on the board of directors of the Eastern Region from 2007 to 2010. Our recipient has most recently served as the chair of the Poster and Research Grant Committee.

After earning a two-year degree in Horticulture, Vern started at Bailey Nurseries in 1972 working in all aspects of production. From 1979-1991, he led the propagation division for the company which is a 22 acre greenhouse operation today doing propagation and growing spring color crops. He has risen through the ranks over the years and in 1997, Vern became Vice President of Minnesota, Iowa & Illinois Production. Bailey Nurseries is a fourth-generation family-owned nursery serving customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. They are widely recognized as one of the United States' largest wholesale nurseries, with products distributed by more than 4500 independent garden centers, landscapers, growers and re-wholesalers. Their main offices and growing fields are located in Newport, Minnesota, (just outside the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul) and they also operate nurseries in Yamhill and Sauvie Island, Oregon; Sunnyside, Washington; Onarga, Illinois; and Charles City, Iowa.

One of Vern’s claims to fame is that he discovered the Original Endless Summer blooming in his neighbor’s garden and brought it into cultivation. Vern and his wife Marilyn have 2 grown daughters, one in college and one recently graduated. He has just recently bought a cabin on a lake where he hopes to enjoy more of another of his passions – fishing. His friends say that he thinks he is a good fisherman – but they know otherwise.

Congratulations to the 2010 Fellow Award recipient, Vern Black.

The International Plant Propagators’ Society is a non-profit organization of nearly 2500 members organized into eight separate regions around the world. The membership is made up of those with a professional interest in plant propagation and production from businesses, colleges and universities, botanic gardens and arboreta. The motto of this non-commercial organization is “To Seek and To Share” knowledge and experience in plant propagation and production.

For more information, contact:

Margot Bridgen, Executive Secretary/Treasurer
IPPS Eastern Region, North America
1700 North Parish Drive
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 631-765-9638
Fax: 631-765-9648
E-mail: Margot Bridgen

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