Anna Ball named to Floriculture Hall of Fame
September 23, 2013 By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery
Sept. 23, 2013, Phoenix — Anna Ball was honoured at the Society of American Florists’ Stars of Industry Awards Dinner with an induction into the association’s Floriculture Hall of Fame.
Ball is the chief executive officer and owner of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Ill. The announcement of her induction, made at the close of SAF’s 129th annual convention in Phoenix, brought hundreds of industry members to their feet for a standing ovation.
"The Floriculture Hall of Fame is truly the floral industry's highest achievement. It means that the recipient has made a permanent and significant contribution to the advancement of floriculture," said Terril Nell, PhD, AAF, chairman of the SAF Awards Committee.
Although she tends to stay out of the limelight, Anna Ball's accomplishments "are anything but low profile," Nell said. She “has a well-deserved reputation for clear, strategic thinking and big picture insight," and is often on the leading edge of industry and consumer trends.
Ball has led her company through an aggressive and energetic breeding program to provide better performing impatiens, petunias and dozens of other garden stalwarts, as well as new lines of novelty annuals. She is a vocal advocate for sustainable business practices and is in the forefront of promoting the value of flowers not just for their beauty but also for the many ways they can help improve overall quality of life.
"Ultimately, what drives Anna Ball and her company is her passion for the industry and helping the industry meet the desires and tastes of the consumer," said Nell.
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