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Justin C. “Chub” Harper Award for the Development in the Field of Conifers

This merit award is given annually in the summer at the ACS National Meeting. It is named for the renowned collector of conifers and prominent ACS supporter (and past President) whose collection of over 500 specimens is now preserved at Michigan State University’s Hidden Lake Gardens.

Chub Harper, photographed at the Harper Collection in Hidden Lakes by Bert Cregg
Chub Harper, “stomping out junipers,” at the Harper Collection in Hidden Lakes Garden, photographed by Bert Cregg

The recipient of this award has displayed many of the attributes of Chub Harper (1928 – 2009) which include the collecting and displaying of conifers, willingness to share knowledge of plants, and an enthusiasm and drive to discover and develop noteworthy cultivars. Also for consideration are published articles, books or texts as well as new or improved propagation techniques and designs for the use of conifers. (This award was initially called the ACS Award of Merit for Development in the Field of Conifers.)

ACS Members can nominate another member by sending their name, address, phone number and email address along with a brief note describing the candidate and the reasons the candidate is deserving of this recognition. Contact: Dennis Groh, Awards Chair and please put Harper Award Nominee in the subject line of the email.

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