The Good Which Has Been Done Through NHF

As a $3 million foundation, NHF is steadfast in supporting the science which backs the facts. But, it could not do the work it does without the dedicated contributions from its supporters:

Gold Builder ($50,000 +)

Silver Builder ($35,000 - $49,999)

Builder ($25,000 - $34,999)

Benefactor ($20,000 - $24,999)

Patron ($15,000 - $19,999)

Founder ($10,000 - $14,999)

Endowment ($5,000 - $9,999)

Sponsor ($2,500 - $4,999)

Giver ($1,000 - $2,499)

Contributions under $1,000

Answers to industry questions lie in understanding how the brain reacts when the body is gardening, or how live plants on a living green wall can change students’ attitudes, moods and academic performance. To find these answers and others, NHF depends strongly on FNGLA chapter and individual contributions. 

With such contributions, NHF has emerged as one of the most trusted sources of funding for Florida’s environmental horticulture industry. In total, NHF has given back more than $1.3 million in research and scholarships.

For more information on the National Horticulture Foundation or how to contribute, visit NHF's website, or email Linda Reindl.

NHF Accepting Research Proposals

NHF is currently accepting research proposals aimed at enhancing green industry development from academic institutions across the country.

In line with FNGLA’s research priorities, NHF has since 1987 continued its strong presence of underwriting research. NHF may be small in terms of a foundation but, over the years, the foundation has carved out its niche as one of the trusted sources of funding for Florida’s environmental horticulture industry. NHF has given back more than $500,000 in research support for projects in production, marketing, utilization and distribution. 

Whether seeking to understand how to improve plant quality and longevity during transportation, or how to spur purchasing motivation of consumers to increase demand for foliage products, NHF seeks to support research with positive outcomes and a greater return on investment for the green industry.

Through research, the green industry can tap into unique resources and find the keys to things like reducing carbon footprints, understanding how one's brain can be affected by gardening and ultimately creating more sustainable lifestyles.

To apply for an NHF research grant, fill out an application on visit NHF's website or contact Linda Reindl via email at lreindl@fngla.org, or by phone at 407-295-7994. The annual deadline for applications is December 31.

NHF Scholarship Spotlight: Jennifer Parrish

Looking back over the four years she spent studying horticulture at the University of Florida, Jennifer Parrish credits the National Horticulture Foundation with helping her explore just how diverse and special that industry is.

A four-year recipient of the James H. Davis Scholarship, Parrish in 2003 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture. During her time at UF, Parrish also served as a member of the university’s Environmental Horticulture Club where she attended class trips to Costa Rica, California and Italy touring public gardens and nursery operations.

“The nice thing about NHF is they also provide monetary support for the student trip at UF,” Parrish said. “I think that’s invaluable - to travel to other countries and see how they are doing things as well.”

Named in honor of the late founder and owner of Davis Tree Farm, the James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship aims to provide career paths for qualified students in need of financial support to help them become part of the horticulture industry.

The scholarship is awarded nationally to 10-15 students each year, with award amounts ranging from $500 to $3,000, according to Linda Reindl, NHF’s executive director.

“NHF wants to help foster young people in the industry as the Board understands students will be the next generation of leaders,” Reindl said. 

To qualify, students must be or plan to enroll full-time in a horticulture program or related field and maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. The annual deadline to apply is January 15.

A native of South Florida, Parrish grew up in the horticulture industry working alongside her parents, Wes and Vickie Parrish at the family’s nursery. But it wasn’t until she arrived at UF that she realized just how unique the industry was.

“Looking back now, I realize how special the nursery industry is, as far as being more like a family,” Parrish said. “Obviously, that was just normal for me.”

In addition to providing funds for her to pursue her education, Parrish said she also made invaluable personal connections each year at FNGLA’s Landscape Show, an annual trade show based in Orlando. UF’s Horticulture Club each year travels to the show to update NHF’s Board of Trustees on what students gained during their annual class trips.

Upon graduation, Parrish, who lives in Apopka, worked for five years at Agri-Starts as part of that company’s sales team. She then took a position at Farm Credit, where she has for the past eight years served as part of the company’s crop insurance team.

“We provide insurance for nurseries, citrus, blueberries, hay and some vegetables,” Parrish said. “It’s neat to be able to work with all the different industries.”

For more information on the James H. Davis Scholarship, visit NHF’s website.

UF Students Grow Industry Experience With Netherlands Trip

The University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture club had the chance to tour international nurseries during a recent 9-day class trip through The Netherlands.

During their trip, which took place in March, students toured mills on bicycles, and ended one of their days surrounded by flowers at Moerkapelle's 'Spring' garden.  

Students also had the opportunity to visit the Royal FloraHolland Auction in Aalsmeer, and tour a floating floral market in Amsterdam.

And, the trip just wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Heineken’s brewery in Amsterdam.

Students worked hard to make the trip a reality. A large portion of the funding for the trip was raised by students through poinsettia sales with plants grown right in University of Florida greenhouses.  

“The National Horticulture Foundation also believes in providing students with both scholarships and industry experiences and is proud to be a sponsor for the students’ trip, donating $5,000 annual to the educational endeavor.”  Linda Reindl, Executive Director for NHF. 

NHF Funds Pothos Research

The National Horticulture Foundation has awarded $50,000 to fund a University of Florida research study aimed at developing new pothos cultivars for the foliage plant industry.

The national Foundation will award the funds over the next three years to the ambitious endeavor, which will be headed up by Jianjun Chen, Ph.D, a professor with the Department of Environmental Horticulture. Chen is based at UF's Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka.

"Pothos has been an important foliage plant in the industry," Chen stated in his funding request. "Pothos new cultivar development, however, has been hampered [by] the lack of a functional reproductive system. Thus far, there are only six cultivars in the market."

Chen added the research study intends to develop several new cultivars for this, one of the most popular foliage plants in the foliage industry.

NHF President David Liu explained the recent increase in green wall popularity also played a part in the Foundation's decision to fund the research project.

"Today, thousands of pothos and philodendron (along with many other plant varieties) are being grown for the Green Wall market," Liu explained. "With this in mind, we are supporting Dr. Chen's research in hopes that new, exciting cultivars will be brought to the market within a reasonable time frame."

The study is expected to complete in December 2020.

Giving Isn't Just Rewarding, It Can Also Be Fun!

Sometimes the fun lies in saying, “It’s time to go fishing!”

For 33 years, Jim, Rick and Sue Fuhr have been keeping their father’s name alive through the Dick Fuhr Memorial Fishing Tournament. The tournament hasn't just brought industry members together for a day of fun, but also connects the world of fishing with research and education - one angler at a time. Whether it's for the love of fishing, spending time with industry friends and family, or being committed to furthering NHF's mission, those who take part each year are helping to make a big difference.

"The National Horticulture Foundation would like to thank the Dick Fuhr Memorial Fishing Tournament for the continued support of the Foundation’s effort," Linda Reindl, NHF's executive director said of the event. "More than 112 industry friends chartered boats and positioned their fishing poles for the big catch."

The annual event took place on June 2.

The annual proceeds from the tournament have helped raise the Dick Fuhr Memorial Fishing Tournament’s endowment to the Gold Builder Level with $183,250.00 under its name, Reindl said. 

These days, many may not know Dick Fuhr was most notably remembered for his instrumental role in the production of Lerio pots. In the 1960’s, egg can containers were used in most greenhouse productions. With the help and persuasion of Dick, the metal containers were developed and mass produced. The metal containers were then converted into the plastic-style pots which are widely used today. 

"Dick built his business with strong business ethics. “Customer Supreme” were the words not only spoken but a philosophy he ran his business with," Reindl said. "Whether you were a friend, associate or business acquaintance, you were always treated the same."

Even 48 years later, Fuhr's children continue to practice the same ethics as their father. Through freezes, depressions and other economic hardships, Universal Enterprise Supply Corp. has been there to share knowledge, expertise and service to the industry. 

"NHF thanks Dick for setting the great example and his sons for carrying it on," Reindl said. 

If you would like to join those that have started their journey of giving, contact Linda Reindl, lreindl@fngla.org or donate now