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October 17, 2019

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A plant at the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia
Photo courtesy of NGB

National Garden Bureau awards 2019 therapeutic garden grants

The first-place entry came from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia.

After collecting thousands of votes from the public, the National Garden Bureau, American Meadows, Sakata Seed America and Corona Tools have announced the three therapeutic gardens receiving grants and in-kind donations totaling more than $5,000.

The three winning gardens are:

  • Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; First place vote-recipient; winner of a $3,000 grant
  • Opportunity Knocks, Knockout Farm, Maywood, Illinois; Second place vote-recipient; winner of a $1,000 grant
  • Wilmot Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Florida; Third place vote-recipient; winner of a $1,000 grant

Industry honors Dr. Paul Thomas through the American Floral Endowment

The dedicated professor’s legacy will serve as a scholarship opportunity for future students.

On Sept. 14, Paul Arthur Thomas passed away at the age of 65.

He worked at UGA for 29 years. Throughout his academic career, he impacted many lives: staff, students and many industry professionals across the horticulture field.

Per his obituary, he received numerous accolades through his distinguished career, including the Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education and D.W. Brooks Faculty Diversity Award.

A memorial tribute has been established with the American Floral Endowment (AFE) by the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture.

Bay City Flower Company to close after 110 years

The grower, based in Half Moon Bay, California, will shut down on Nov. 10.

After 110 years in business, Bay City Flower Company has announced that it will be closing on Nov. 10. 

“After four generations and 110 glorious years in floriculture, we at Bay City Flowers Company have decided that the time has come for us to wind down the selling of our flowers,” Harrison Higaki said in the release. 

The company was founded in Redwood City in 1910 by Nobuo Higaki, a Japanese immigrant who grew cut carnations, roses, chrysanthemums and gardenias in San Francisco, according to the company’s website. Bay City moved to Half Moon Bay in 1959.