Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2018

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Rick Crowder
President & General Manager
Hawksridge Farms

Rick Crowder knows plants! As the President and General Manager of Hawksridge Farms, a large wholesale nursery in Hickory, North Carolina, Rick has experience growing a vast array of trees, shrubs, and perennials. He regularly shares his knowledge at conferences and symposia throughout the US, and we are excited to welcome him to Atlanta.

Rick began his career in the nursery business after finishing high school in 1972. He received his Associates Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Catawba Valley Community College. He began working at Hawksridge Farms in 1982. Rick helped with the nursery setup and daily operations and became General Manager and President of the company in 1985.

Rick has served on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Association of Nurserymen from 1995 - 1999, serving as President in 1998. He served on the Board of Advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum for six years, and formerly served on the Board of Advisors for NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC. Rick also served on North Carolina's Green Industry Council. He has been active in the International Plant Propagators' Society since 1990, and was President of the Southern Region in 2010. In 2013, Rick was the recipient of the Don Shadow Award for the Southern Plant Conference. In 2003 Rick's commitment and service was recognized with NCAN's Copeland Award for Lifetime Achievement, which is the highest honor given to nurserymen in North Carolina. Rick was honored with the Sydney B. Meadows Award in 2014 which is the highest award given by the IPPS Southern Region.

Rick has traveled many times to the West Coast and British Columbia searching for new plants. He has made numerous trips to Japan, Holland, England and Scotland, as well as Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Belgium in the last several years visiting various nurseries, arboreta and gardens. This past year Rick added China and South Africa to his extensive list of travels. Hawksridge Farms is well known in the industry for the development and introduction of new plant cultivars to the trade.

For more information, see Hawksridge Farms.


At monthly meetings, Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs to others
in an open swap, and light refreshments are offered beginning at 7:00 PM.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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