Winston Dunwell, P.D., University of Kentucky Extension Horticulture Specialist for Nursery Crops, was honored by his peers on September 25, 2015, at the International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS) Eastern Region annual conference. Win was presented with the 2015 Fellow Award, which was created to honor Eastern Region members for contributions to plant propagation or production in one or more areas — teaching, research or Extension activities — as well as for service to the Society.
Win attended the State University of New York at Farmingdale, receiving an associate’s degree in Nursery Management. Following four years in the U.S. Air Force, he attended the University of Wyoming and received his bachelor’s degree in Plant Science/Horticulture. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Idaho. In 1979, Win accepted a position with The University of Kentucky as an Extension Horticulture Specialist for Nursery Crops, where he remains today.
Win’s area of interest is developing educational programs related to sustainable ornamental-plant introduction, propagation, production and utilization. He established the Nursery Crops Development Center to carry out trials on cultivated and native plants with unique characteristics of special interest to the nursery/landscape industry and the gardening public. He received the Southern Nursery Association Porter Henegar Memorial Award in 2012.
Win has participated and chaired many IPPS committees, including his recent position as Publicity Committee chair. He is also currently a director on the IPPS Eastern Region board. He has presented papers at the conferences of both the Eastern and Southern Regions of IPPS.