American Floral Endowment Receives Major Contribution to Support Floriculture Programs

Egon and Laina MolbakThe American Floral Endowment (AFE) recently announced that it has received a $100,000 contribution from Egon and Laina Molbak to support AFE’s floriculture programs.

“I am thrilled to continue supporting the American Floral Endowment with this latest contribution,” Egon says. “We give to AFE because they give back to the industry with their important research efforts, wonderful internship programs, and more.”

The generous contribution will establish a new named fund honoring Egon and Laina, and will serve as a lasting tribute of their dedication and support of the floral industry.

The long-time industry veterans, now retired, founded Molbak’s Garden + Home outside of Seattle in 1956 after moving to the U.S. from Denmark. They grew the business from five glass greenhouses with chrysanthemums and carnations to one of the Northwest’s premier garden and home destinations.

Molbak’s Garden + Home is now owned by the couple’s son, Jens, and attracts more than one million visitors each year. It is known for its relaxing cafe and wide selection of plants and gifts, and is also a host employer for AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program.

Egon and Laina are heavily involved in their community and the industry, and have received many local, national, and international awards. Egon was also inducted into the Society of American Florists’ Floriculture Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Egon and Laina Molbak Fund joins the 21 other AFE named funds that have been created since 2011.

Read more about Egon and Laina’s journey at endowment.org/afe-named-funds.

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