CHREF Awards $165,000 over Five Years

By Mike Schleining, CCNP | CHREF Board Member | 2015-16 & 2016-17 CHREF Scholarship Recipient

Mike Schleining, CCNP
CHREF Board Member

The Board of Directors of the Colorado Horticulture Research and Education Foundation (CHREF) met at Colorado State University in December for its annual meeting, and to listen to presentations on current research proposals for 2020. The CHREF Board also interviewed students for scholarships.

In total, six academic scholarships were awarded for a total of $19,000, and more than $18,000 was awarded in research grants. Research funded in 2020 consists of a photoperiod and propagation study on Plant Select® plants, and continuation of the Multi-Site Woody Plant Evaluation and the Woody and Herbaceous Perennial Evaluation.

Perennial Demo Garden
CSU Plant Environmental Research Center (PERC) Perennial Garden

The CHREF endowment has grown to more than $900,000 since 1980. In the past five years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $165,000 in grants to research projects and scholarships to deserving students. The Foundation primarily raises funds through two annual events: the golf tournament in the fall and the silent auction at the CNGA Industry Celebration Happy Hour. Additionally, CHREF has received donations from various individuals and companies.

We urge you to invest in your future and the future of the Colorado horticulture industry. Please consider donating to the Foundation today.

Little Valley Nursery
Jim Klett and Eric Hammond collecting data at the Multi-Site Woody Plant trials at Little Valley Wholesale Nursery

At the annual meeting, the CHREF Board also discussed succession planning for positions on the board, and opportunities to expand the CHREF mission. If you, or anyone you know in the industry, is interested in helping to move the Foundation forward and have a lasting impact on the industry, please volunteer with the board.

Please email to have your questions answered and volunteer.