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Spring 2015 Meeting - Peter Kruger from Ball Ornamentals, speaker

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring 2015 Meeting - Peter Kruger from Ball Ornamentals, speaker

The Spring AHS meeting will be Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, when the AHS welcomes Peter Kruger from Ball Ornamentals. Ball has introduced so many exciting and unusual new hydrangea cultivars to the marketplace. Two of their latest introductions for 2015 include the re-blooming H. macrophylla ‘L.A. Dreamin’ which shows blue, pink, and everything in between without the help of any aluminum sulfate or special fertilizers. Another new Ball Ornamentals introduction is the H. paniculata ’Bombshell’ which is an earlier, tighter blooming dwarf.

Peter (Pete) Kruger has been involved in the nursery business since age 16, when he was hired as a laborer for a local retail nursery in southern California and soon thereafter began designing landscapes for retail customers. These activities also enabled him to attend California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where Pete received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Business Management.

Pete worked in various sales functions at wholesale nurseries in Irvine, California and San Antonio, Texas until joining with Ball Horticulture as a sales representative for Ball Seed in northern California in 1990. In 1995, Pete became involved in product development emphasizing Australian and South African plants for Ball Seed, which led to his current role as General Manager of Ball Ornamentals – a North American woody plant distribution company. 

Ball Ornamentals markets new varieties of woody plants to both growers and consumers in North America and Europe, including oversight of production of young plants and creation of marketing materials and strategy for them. Ball Ornamentals has an extensive worldwide sourcing network of breeders and plant finders that give it access to a wide scope of genetics. All plants are trialed in secure trialing facilities in numerous places in North America. All of these activities are also supervised by the Ball Ornamentals team, which Pete leads.

7:00 PM Social Time & Membership Renewal
7:30 PM Meeting Begins

Plant raffle following meeting

Holy Spirit Catholic Church - McDonough Hall
4465 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

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Free Parking – Handicap accessible – Elevator Access to Hall

All are welcome!

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