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The following individuals have been recognized by their peers for their selfless contributions and positive impact made to our industry.
Any current or past CGW (formerly CFGW) member who has had a noticeable effect on the commercial and/or retail facets of Wisconsin's floriculture & horticulture industries. Candidates can be nominated by CGW members or the public, and are selected by a special committee assigned by the CGW Board of Directors on an annual basis.
The Wisconsin Green Industry Hall of Fame
The Commercial Growers of Wisconsin is proud to have had many of its members inducted into Wisconsin's Green Industry Hall of Fame through the years. What makes these inductions extra special is that this hall of fame spans across all careers related to Wisconsin's green industry including landscapers, turf specialists, horticulturists, arborists, entomologists, plant pathologists, as well as advocates.
Don Groth - former 0wner of Groth's Greenhouse
Lindor Maletzke - owner of Carlin Sales
Otto Schroeder - owner of Schroeder's Flowers
Edwin Hunkel - owner of Holten & Hunkel Greenhouse
Dave Damitz - former president of CFGW (now CGW), employee of Carlin Sales
Harry Radtke- former owner of Radtke Perennial Farm
Paul Arndt- former owner of Germantown Greenhouse
Don Halbeck- former owner of Halbeck's Greenhouse
Neal Karthauser- former owner of Karthauser & Sons
Dr. Louis Berninger- former executive director of CFGW (now CGW)
Melinda Meyers- greenhouse advocate and television personality
Phillip Pelliteri- entomologist
Edward Knapton- former owner of America's Best Flowers
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