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2017 Green Industry Hall of Fame
Six Inducted, One Posthumously

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The inductees in the 2017 Green Industry Hall of Fame: From left: Warren Gorowitz, Ewing's vice president of sustainability; Dave Fujino, PhD, executive director, California Center for Urban Horticulture, U.C. Davis; Peter Estournes, COO and vice president of Gardenworks, Inc.; McKenzie "Ken" Cook, CEO, McKenzie Farms; and Robert Ludekens, L.E. Cooke Co. (wholesale nursery).


The 2017 induction ceremonies of the Green Industry Hall of Fame took place May 20 at the hill top Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Mark Pedicone, a member of the irrigation industry in Southern California for over 35 years, was the master of ceremonies. Mark was inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame in 2015.

The night kicked off with the posthumous induction of Donald Roberts, FASLA (1924-1994) into the 2017 Green Industry Hall of Fame. His early work included landscape maintenance for high profile clients like Katherine Hepburn and David Niven, and plant sourcing with Bill Evans for Walt Disney for the opening of Disneyland.

Roberts was a founding member of the American Institute of Landscape Architects (1957), and self-published the first World Directory of Landscape Architects. He went on to head up landscape architectural studies at UCLA, and founded UCLA's Landscape Architecture Extension program.

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Donald Roberts, FASLA (1924-1994), who headed landscape architectural studies at UCLA, and founded UCLA's Landscape Architecture Extension program, was posthumously inducted into the 2017 Green Industry Hall of Fame by George Schmok, the owner/publisher of Landscape Communications www.landscapeonline.com. Mr. Schmok was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.


The inductees that followed were, in order:
Peter Estournes, COO and vice president of Gardenworks, Inc., is in his 45th year in the green industry. His landscape contracting firm, established in 1977, is located in northern Sonoma County.

McKenzie "Ken" Cook, CEO of McKenzie Farms, has been an enthusiastic proponent of the green industry for 47 years. McKenzie Farms is now the second largest grower and shipper of Christmas trees in the U.S.

Dave Fujino, PhD, the founding executive director of the California Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of California at Davis. He has served in that position for more than 8 years.

Warren Gorowitz, Ewing's vice president of sustainability. Gorowitz has been with Ewing for 22 years. He is noted for his expertise on water efficiency in the landscape and principles of sustainability.

The evening culminated with the induction of Robert Ludekens, 86, who still works 6 days a week at the L.E. Cooke Co. wholesale nursery, where he started out as a part-time employee when he was a teenager. He became a full-time employee there when he was 26. In 1965 he became the majority owner and president, and ran the business for the next 30+ years, after which he turned over the management and ownership of the nursery to his son Ron Ludekens and son-in-law Dave Cox.

For more biographical information on the inductees, please visit www.greenindustryhalloffame.org/2017.html.







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