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Grants Awarded to Support Aspiring Floral Designers

Five floral design programs have received a total of $28,700 through AFE’s James and Helen Phillip Program. Established to honor James and Helen Phillip by providing scholarship assistance to people who are interested in careers in the retail sector of the floral industry, the James and Helen Phillip Scholarship Fund was established with a $500,000 […]

Mary Hausbeck - Floriculture/Horticulture Research

Preventing Downy Mildew on Coleus, Roses and Spotted Deadnettle

The floriculture industry faces complex issues that research funded by AFE helps address and solve. The Endowment has funded research from Dr. Mary Hausbeck, Professor and Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, on the disease downy mildew. In an article published in Greenhouse Grower magazine, Dr. Hausbeck discusses how downy mildew diseases are potentially devastating […]


Latest Industry News Featured in AFE 2016 Bulletin Issue Three

The third issue of AFE’s 2016 Bulletin is out now! The latest industry news and updates are highlighted in this issue, including the release of our new segmented videos, details about our upcoming Annual Fundraising Dinner in Maui, success stories from a former AFE intern and a member of our Young Professionals Council, information about […]


More Than $35,000 Awarded in 2016 Scholarships

AFE awarded seventeen students in 2016 with scholarships totaling more than $35,000. “Thanks to the generosity of donors, AFE is able to distribute more than 20 scholarships each year to deserving and well-qualified students. These students are worthy of our recognition and support,” said Dwight Larimer, AFE Chairman-Elect and Education Committee Chair. “Each of the […]

Jim Nordlie

Memorial Tribute Established for Jim Nordlie

Kennicott Brothers Company, Nordlie Inc. and The Pete Garcia Company have established the Jim Nordlie Memorial Tribute through AFE. James “Jim” Nordlie passed away on July 1, 2016 at the age of 93. Kennicott Brothers Co. and The Pete Garcia Co. both contributed $1,000 to establish this new memorial tribute. “I have had the pleasure of […]


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