John Hoffman, president of Hoffman Nursery, Inc., received the 2014 Service Award from the Perennial Plant association (PPA). The award was presented at the 32nd Perennial Plant Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio in July.
The award recognizes a PPA member who has contributed considerable time and effort to the organization and has demonstrated leadership and outstanding service.
Hoffman served as PPA President from 2009-2011 and was active on the membership committee for several years. He represents PPA at PLANET Student Career Days and will continue to be involved with promoting the organization. Hoffman was previously recognized with an award for Outstanding Service as President and Director of the Southern PPA Region in 2013.
According to Hoffman, “PPA is filled with great people from all walks of life who share an enthusiasm for plants. I love plants, and being with people who share that love is just plain fun. PPA is a great experience for anyone devoted to horticulture.”
John Hoffman started his horticultural career in design and installation in 1981. Through this work, he developed a passion for ornamental and native grasses. In 1986, John and his wife, Jill, founded Hoffman Nursery, Inc. in Rougemont, North Carolina. They supplied ornamental grasses to what was then a niche market. With the increased popularity of grasses, the nursery has expanded to include a production facility with automated mixing and potting equipment and over 60 cold frames and hot houses. They ship ornamental and native grass liners to wholesale customers across North America.
Hoffman joined the Perennial Plant Association in 1997 and has developed an extensive network of friends and colleagues through the organization. John’s work with the PPA exemplifies the nursery’s commitment to horticulture and to promoting community service. The Perennial Plant Association is composed of growers, retailers, landscape designers and contractors, educators, and others that are professionally involved in the herbaceous perennial industry. It strives to promote perennials and serve as a definitive source of information for education.