Per the International Plants Propagators' Society (IPPS) – Eastern Region, Ron Amos, president of Evergreen Nursery in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, was honored with the 2019 Award of Merit on Oct. 17. The Award of Merit of the IPPS – Eastern Region is the highest honor that the region can award to its members for outstanding contributions to the region and to plant propagation and production. Winners are recognized for significant contributions to plant propagation or production in one or more of the following areas:
- scientific discovery or application of facts to the propagation or production of plants;
- development of new plant propagation or production practices or techniques;
- services rendered to the science and practice of plant propagation or production;
- extraordinary service to the society.
Amos joined IPPS in 1984 and received the Fellow Award in 2006. He was president of the Eastern Region in 2014 and has served on no less than 10 different Eastern Region committees. He currently serves on the IPPS Eastern Region Foundation Board and is on the Local Site Committee for the Madison conference.
After receiving his graduate degree in 1982 he joined the staff of Evergreen Nursery Company in Sturgeon Bay as a plant propagator, rising to vice president in 1995, and eventually taking the reins as president in 2001 when fourth-generation owner, Tom Pinney, Jr. retired.
Evergreen Nursery Company is now over 150 years old and specializes in evergreens, shrubs, birch and fruit liners, producing over three million liners a year on 446 acres — making it the largest wholesale nursery in the state of Wisconsin. Recently Evergreen has started propagating cranberries, and in 2014 produced over 2 million cranberry liners.
Tom Pinney complimented Amos in Nursery Management a few years ago by saying “(He) is such a good grower and propagator that it really doesn’t matter whether he is growing birch, evergreens, or cranberries.” Amos is also an expert in overwintering liners in Wisconsin’s harsh climate and managing mycorrhiza in his nursery’s soils.