Dr. Paul Cappiello, Executive Director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky, was presented with the IPPS Eastern Region Award of Merit on October 13th in Grand Rapids, MI. The Award of Merit is made to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of plant propagation or production and/or for extraordinary service to IPPS and the green industry. The Award of Merit is the most prestigious award bestowed on a member by the Eastern Region.
Following a standing ovation by the conference attendees, Cappiello stated that IPPS has been a part of his entire professional career and that he would not be where he is today without it. He encouraged others to get involved and stay involved and emphasized that it is the shared passion that makes the Society work.
Cappiello has been an IPPS Member since 1995. His service to the Society has been extensive: chairing and participating on numerous committees, serving as a director and officer on the Eastern Region Board of Directors, serving as the 2011 Local Site Committee Chairman andas the Executive Director of the IPPS Eastern Region Foundation. Paul is currently the Eastern Region Delegate to the IPPS International Board of Directors.
Cappiello has presented 5 papers into the IPPS Combined Proceedings, written a book, introduced 8 new plant cultivars to the industry, and written over 116 professional publications. He was awarded the IPPS Eastern Region Fellow Award in 2008 and has also received numerous awards and honors from other educational and horticultural organizations. He is known to be an incredible teacher, administrator, horticulturalist, and public gardener.
Paul and his wife Carolyn live in Louisville, Kentucky and have a son, Christopher.
The International Plant Propagators’ Society is a non‐profit organization of over 1600 members organized into eight separate regions around the world. The membership is made up of those with a professional interest in plant propagation and production from businesses, colleges and universities, botanic gardens and arboreta. The motto of this non‐commercial organization is “To Seek and To Share” knowledge and experience in plant propagation and production.