Horticulture Award Named After Todd Bachman

Friends and family of Bachman’s CEO Todd Bachman created a horticulture award as a way to honor his memory. Bachman was killed Aug. 9 while in China for the Olympic games last year.

The award is presented by the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and the MNLA Foundation to honor innovation in horticulture, according to a recent story in the Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota Co. Tribune. “It means a lot to my family,” Susan Bachman West, Bachman’s daughter, told the newspapers. “For the industry to remember his legacy and vision means a lot.”

Hans Hansen was given the first award this month. As a 1993 horticulture graduate from the University of Minnesota, he was given the award for his work with hostas. He has created and marketed 39 hosta cultivars, and he has 20 US Plant Patents and several European Plant Breeder’s Rights.

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